Raising the StandardKirkby Stephen & District Walkers are Welcome have been encouraging and working with the Peatland Programme Research Officer at the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to realise funding for improvements to the Wainwright Coast to Coast walking route over Nine Standards. The plan is to float flagstones over the damaged peat to make a stable walking surface which will also allow the surrounding peat to recover. Once the walkway is complete, Cumbria County Council will designate the route as a Right of Way to enable protection and maintenance as such for the future. This project has come a lot closer with the launch of ‘Raising the Standard’ crowd funding on 21st March. There is a video which explains the project and further information is detailed on the AONB website. Donations on http://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ would be most appreciated or please tweet #BogStandard.