Mend Our Mountains

Here at Fatbiking Europe we believe in looking after the trails we love riding upon, the majority of which are free to use and enjoy.

That’s why we are supporting The BMC’s “Mend our Mountain” campaign and we ask you, our UK readers, to join us and do the same.

Check the Mend our Mountains website to see the amazing work they are doing in your area – here

Damo, our Editor, is specifically supporting the work proposed on Cut Gate Path. Mainly because on the few times of the year that it’s rideable (either frozen or bone dry) it’s simply breathtaking.

Riding off the edge of the world

The descent into Slippery Stones

Considered one of the best singletrack Mountain Bike routes in the United Kingdom, Cut Gate runs through the heart of the Peak District and is used by thousands of bikers every year. An otherwise hardy route between Langsett and Howden Reservoirs, it has short sections of muddy bog in areas prone to flooding, which have become colloquially known as the ‘Bog of Doom’!

The boggy sections are impassable and dangerous in wet conditions – causing riders to divert round the sides, sometimes hundreds of metres from the original route of the path. This spreads and deepens erosion at an alarming rate.

Using the funding raised under Mend our Mountains, the plan is to improve the whole of the route with a big focus on the most waterlogged areas. The work will improve the drainage in the area of the ford crossings, resurface the wettest sections with the tried-and-tested technique of stone-flags, join these sections with improved path sections and repair the badly eroded downhill sections using pitched stone techniques.

This will re-establish a single path line and allow the surrounding moorland vegetation to recover.

Without this proposed work, these boggy sections will go through continual cycles of worsening ground conditions during periods of wet weather. Where the main path line proves impassable, trail users will continue to detour leading to further damage and erosion.

Your donation will directly support this innovative collaboration and restore to full health one of the most impressive routes across the high moorland of the Peak.

See the Mend our Mountains video here

Further information can be found here, here and here

We hope you’ll get behind this campaign and help to preserve our favourite bits of countryside for future generations of fatbikers.

Author: Damo

Bike rider. Ale drinker. Beard wearer.

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