Interesting article on the Beeb today:-
Is the erosion confined to grazed areas or is it all over the place e.g. 'our' paths?
Here's your ignorant comment for the day:
They say it will lead to more exposed rock faces on the fells, more climbing coming to the lakes!
There are lots of places quite high up in the fells where trees have been planted in recent years. Some I've come across are at the head of Wet Sleddale, Upper Eskdale, Long Sleddale and other odd spots. Presumably this is an attempt to combat soil erosion. It does seem apparent to me that erosion scars have become more obvious in recent years after some of the big weather events, gullies and bog bursts I mean rather than paths per se.
Do you even need to ask this question? Some of the paths in the lakes are horrendous erosion scars.
Not like they used to be. Going up to pavey ark was like climbing a gravel pit.
I've not seen any significant change over the last 40 years. Except footpaths where the National Trust/Lake District National Park encourage tourism . Get off the beaten track nothing changed.
> I've not seen any significant change over the last 40 years. Except footpaths where the National Trust/Lake District National Park encourage tourism . Get off the beaten track nothing changed.
Are you looking? There are lots of places where erosion is becoming increasingly a problem. Look at this https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/1957307 taken in July 2010.
Those fresh scars weren't there on my previous visit the year before. Take a look at this photo of the same dale head in June 2006 https://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/594902
I've come across this kind of feature elsewhere in the Lakes and other places in northern England where I walk often enough to notice change.
They are, I think, caused by hydraulic pressure during intense rainfall events
There is a big one in Langdale (mickleden), appeared overnight during storm desmond, soil in big blocks, bit like avalanche debris, pushed off the base by water pressure from the slope above, natural phenomena - I think
. . . appeared overnight during storm desmond, soil in big blocks, bit like avalanche debris, pushed off the base by water pressure from the slope above, natural phenomena - I think
Yes I went out immediately after Desmond and after the storm in 2009. These features on many slopes were the thing that struck me most. Some were still 'active' with huge amounts of water erupting from the ground.
Maybe ask the prof about his data/research? I doubt if he's talking nonsense
An impression I have from living in the lakes, albeit 25 years ago is that the hills were covered in very short turf because there were so many sheep. Now as I hillwalk mainly in Wales the turf has been replaced with a far more varied, tussocky flora. There are hills where the short turf still exists, on the Black Mountains and especially lower places like the Begwyns.
I think it’s sheep. And let’s not forget that sheep are essentially a heavily subsidised nostalgic decoration on our uplands.
The return of large numbers of people to national parks and other upland areas in England has brought a spike in littering, wildfires and mountain rescue incidents. Some issues appear to be worse than during equivalent periods in past years.