Our work

Who we are and what we do

Unfortunately there's no time to admire the view

Unfortunately there's no time to admire the view

From fixing a fence, wall, or footpath half-way up a mountain, to demonstrating countryside skills to you at events, leading volunteers on practical conservation projects or helping entertain the kids at Wray Castle in holiday-time, our countryside rangers' work here has an influence on many of you as visitors to the Lake District (although you may not always notice it).

Our activities are very varied (follow our blog and you soon find that out!) and we make a valuable contribution to maintaining the countryside and making it more (and safely) accessible and to helping you get more out of your time here.

We work in partnership with other organisations and rely on visitor income and donations to fund our work. You can support us by making an on-line donation to our Lakes Appeal.

Follow our blog

Useful links:

Keep up to date on the National Trust South Lakes countryside news blog

Find out what's new with our historic house colleagues National Trust South Lakes, Hill Top & Beatrix Potter Gallery news blog

Helping to change lives

The team from High Wray Basecamp, our volunteer centre, works with a variety of volunteer groups, sometimes on a regular basis. For some of the individuals involved in this volunteer experience it helps to change their lives, watch our video to learn more about one group, Littledale Hall.

Spotlight on one of our volunteer groups

Find out about one of the volunteer groups we work with from our Volunteer Centre at High Wray.

They help us carry out practical conservation projects in the surrounding landscape to benefit both visitors and wildlife.

Welcoming countryside visitors

Five ways our team helps countryside visitors:

  • managing/improving access
  • creating downloadable walks & trails
  • giving advice to visitors
  • helping with working holidays
  • guiding walks

Practising countryside conservation

Five ways our team helps countryside conservation in the South Lakes:

  • managing woodlands
  • maintaining field boundaries
  • liaising with tenant farmers
  • undertaking habitat maintenance
  • repairing damage

Meet the team

Sam's a local boy who loves the variety of his ranger work.

Our countryside team has a lot of local knowledge so look out for our red-fleeced rangers and don't be shy about asking them questions or saying 'hello'.

What's in the South Lakes?

On our South Lakes countryside patch we have:

  • Coniston and Hawkshead villages
  • The Sawreys
  • Wray and Claife
  • Tarn Hows
  • Yewdale valley and tarn
  • Tilberthwaite
  • Blea Tarn
  • and Little Langdale

Working with us or volunteering

We do sometimes have vacancies. These jobs will be advertised on the Trust's jobs website.

For volunteering roles check out the Trust's volunteering opportunities page, where you can search for roles.

Who to contact

Our South Lakes team operates out of different bases around the South Lakes but our countryside operation is based at Boon Crag near Coniston.

Telephone number 015394 41456 or e-mail southlakes@nationaltrust.org.uk