HF HolIdays has made a £50,000 donation to Mountain Rescue and pathway projects

Holiday company donates funds for mountain rescue and pathway repairs

Thursday 10 September 2021

Leading Walking & Activity Tour Operator HF Holidays has continued to make valuable contributions to authorities and organisations carrying out essential work to the footpaths and walkways, used on HF Holidays walking breaks.

The HF Holidays Pathways Fund has for many years, helped to protect, and improve the countryside where HF Holidays’ guests walk. This has been achieved through generous donations from HF Holidays’ members and guests. In addition, the fund provides holidays to those who could not otherwise afford one.

During an extremely challenging year for charities and local fundraising projects, HF Holidays has ensured vital donations were still met to local fundraisers and projects to enable volunteers and organisations to proceed with planned repairs and improvements.

The aims and objectives of the Pathways Fund are to preserve and improve the amenities and safety of the environment in which HF Holidays’ walks take place. These are achieved by allocating grants, and other funding, to individuals, organisations or groups for specific projects which cannot be readily funded from other sources.

2021 Projects include:

ABERDYFI SEARCH & RESCUE TEAM

HF Holidays was delighted to be able to support a local rescue team near to its own country house in Dolgellau, Snowdonia which brings many walkers and holiday makers to the area.  The donation is to help with the vital search and rescue service the Aberdyfi SART provide, and the reassurance it gives to walkers and climbers around the area; many of whom holiday with HF Holidays throughout the year. 

Funds amounting to £16,582 will be greatly welcomed. The money will be used to replace their existing analogue radio system to a digital one to improve quality and scope, enabling the team to provide their service with better communications over a wider area coverage.

BRECON MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM

Brecon Mountain Rescue Team (BRWT) received a donation of £7,000 to help with the vital services the BMRT provide, and the reassurance it gives to walkers and climbers around the area; many of whom holiday with HF Holidays throughout the year. 

The money will be used to purchase essential safety equipment and clothing for team members including 60 safety helmets, waterproof trousers, and buoyancy aids. The team is involved in rescuing climbers and hill walkers who get into difficulty, as well as assisting the police in searching for vulnerable missing persons in the Brecon Beacons National Park and beyond.

KIRKBY STEPHEN MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM

Kirkby Stephen Mountain Rescue Team was the third mountain rescue team to receive funds to the sum of £6,300 from HF Holidays. The donation is to help with the vital search and rescue service     KSMRT provide, and the reassurance it gives to walkers and climbers around the area; many of whom holiday with HF Holidays throughout the year and stay at their nearby country house, Thorns Hall in Sedbergh. The funds have been used to purchase essential equipment including Pulse Oximeters to carefully monitor casualties, an additional ECG Monitor, a lightweight Titanium stretcher and CAA Drone Pilot training for 6 potential pilots.

Further 2021 projects include:  

COTSWOLD WAY ASSOCIATION – LECKHAMPTON HILL

HF Holidays’ Pathway Fund has funded a major project on the Cotswolds Way to improve accessibility to enable better passage for wheelchair and mobility scooter users and families with pushchairs. 

The section of repair will take place at the Leckhampton Hill escarpment area of outstanding natural beauty, which is barely passable and has resulted in the passers-by having to use a neighbouring SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) which is not only causing damage but increasing the risk of minor injuries.

The completed project will allow ALL users (walkers, families and disabled users) to have access to the majority of the Leckhampton Hill escarpment. Essentially it will involve re-ramping, smoothing and grading a 2-3-metre-wide path on both sides of the gates.

The work will involve some 150 tonnes of limestone dust and Cotswold stone and is expected to cost £7,500. Works will commence 13 September 2021 and in time for the 50th Anniversary of the Cotswold Way celebrations later this month, and will be made in accordance with Cheltenham Borough Council and Gloucestershire Public Rights of Way Office specifications.

YORKSHIRE DALES NATIONAL PARK AUTHORITY – COAST TO COAST

The Wainwright’s Coast to Coast route has become one of the most popular long-distance trails in England and is a popular classic trail for HF Holidays guests and leaders. The Pathways Fund is supporting repairs to Aunty John’s Coast to Coast restoration, a section just west of Keld Village.   

This restoration project is now in its second phase following previous works in May 2019 when the Pathways Fund donated £14,480 to restore sections of the walking route. This latest phase and further donation of £6,940 will see 160 linear metres of reclaimed stone flags being laid across wet areas of the moor and restoring around 110 metres of shallow drainage ditches to allow another section to drain as before to restore a natural grass surface to create further hardwearing surfaced sections across sensitive parts of this very popular long distance walking route.  

For more detail on more projects see here https://www.hfholidays.co.uk/pathwaysfund