MORE than 600 supporters attempted a series of walks and challenges to mark the creation of a new environment charity called Another Way.

The charity was founded by 17-year-old Cumbrian Amy Bray who launched the event on Saturday with Another Waynwright Day, in a bid to encourage people to live a more sustainable life in the face of dramatic environmental impact.

On the day people got the chance to ‘own’ a fell and stage a number of activities.

Around 70 events were held on the fells including talks on animal conservation on Maiden Moor, eco bricks on Cat Bells, card games on Causey Pike, pilates on High Pike and drawing and painting on Nab Scar.

There was also a choir on Haystacks and a brass band on Latrigg.

Activities were also held at ground level for those unable to get on the fell tops.

Commenting on the overall success of the day, Miss Bray said: “I am overwhelmed by the response and support at this crucial time for the earth.

“It’s clear people have a deep concern for the way we continue to abuse the home we live in and are committed to changing their lifestyles.

“I give a heartfelt thank you to those who joined us on the fells and to those who were unable to but showed their support in other ways.”

In recognition of her hard work and determination Miss Bray was spotlighted by the United Nation’s Youth Envoy, Ms Jayathma Wickramanayake, who identified the Cumbrian teenager in the #31DaysofYOUth campaign.It identifies young people from around the world who are leading the effort to raise climate action awareness.

“Humanity can never live in harmony with our planet if individuals are not willing to change,” continued Miss Bray.

“That is why I decided to found Another Way so that I could inspire individuals to be empowered to change their habits.”

A number of local organisations that helped with the event included, the Brathay Trust, Cumbria Wildlife Trust, Friends of the Lake District, Patterdale Mountain Rescue, Wonderful Wild Women and Ullswater Way.

“We will strive to preserve and build on this unity so we are able to spread accurate and consistent educational messages and to generate new ways to enable behavioural change.”

More than 70 pupils, staff and parents from Windermere School also took part in the inaugural event and one of the activities was a “competitive” litter pick near Orrest Head.

They did this in a bid to help rid the area of rubbish.

In support of the event the Miss Bray also secured a Tree Futures Grant from The Tree Council and will be planting 1,700 trees in Matterdale in late November.

A selection of 20 schools and scout groups that Amy has given educational sessions and talks to in the last year will be invited to plant the trees .