What is the Three Peaks Project?
In 1987, a report by the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology claimed that the path network in the Three Peaks area was the most severely eroded in the UK. Some paths across the more fragile parts of the route had grown to 50m wide in places.
Since then, a great deal of effort and money has gone into improving the network and addressing erosion on Yorkshire’s Three Peaks.
However, with less money, staff and ongoing pressure from the number of walkers the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority had to find new ways to fund this vital work.
So in April 2009, the Three Peaks Project was set up. The project aims to ensure the area is maintained and improved in the long term by generating a sustainable income to help pay for its management.
What do we spend money on?
All donations to the project help to keep our Three Peaks Ranger, Ian Colledge, in post. Ian, focuses on the continuing maintenance of the paths in this special area, making sure the Three Peaks route is kept in tip top condition, keeping him very busy!
Without this support, the footpaths would soon fall into disrepair and become badly eroded once more, and the surrounding landscape would be severely damaged.
As Ian says “Having completed an apprenticeship with National Park Authority, I was fortunate enough to get the chance to come back as the Three Peaks Ranger. It gives me the chance to help to maintain and improve an area I’ve spent a lot of time in over the years. It’s one of the best ‘offices’ you could imagine!”.