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Teenagers get to work on Pen-y-ghent

Teenagers get to work on Pen-y-ghent

Published at 2:22pm 16th December 2014. (Updated at 5:45pm 16th December 2014)

Teenagers have been lending a helping hand to make things easier for people walking the Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The young people faced everything from sunshine to wind and rain as they shovelled tonnes of aggregate on the path going up Pen-y-ghent and then spread it over the worn surface.

As if that wasn’t enough, they returned the following day to do a sponsored walk up Pen-y-ghent and raised £385.50 for the Three Peaks Project.

It was set up by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) to maintain the heavily-used network of paths connecting the famous hills.

The weekend was organised by Kabeer Bostan from Mosaic, a project which is raising awareness among 16 to 25-year-olds about the special qualities of the Yorkshire Dales through free training and taster days.

The group was part of the National Citizen Service, a scheme open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England which helps them to develop skills for work and life, whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.

The teenagers came from local communities including Skipton, Wigglesworth, Sutton-in-Craven, Burton-in-Lonsdale, Silsden and Cross Hills.

Bethany McInerny, who was one of the group members, said: "I think we worked well as a team, and everyone stuck together when we were going up Pen-y-ghent."

Around 100,000 visitors a year visit the Three Peaks and the YDNPA works hard to help the fragile landscape cope.

Steve Hastie, the Authority's Three Peaks Area Ranger, and Pennine Way Ranger Colin Chick spent the day with the volunteers.

Steve said: "They worked really hard and most of them said they would like to return to the National Park to do more walking and conservation work - in fact, more than half of them said they would like to go up all three peaks.

"The footpath network does come in for some heavy punishment each year and we rely on the people who generously give their time and money or supply materials to help maintain the paths for everyone’s enjoyment."