Our team blog, Borrowdale and beyond...

Have you ever seen our Rangers or volunteers out in the landscape in their red jackets and wondered what they're actually up to? This is where you can find out a bit more from our 'North Lakes' team about the work they do whether it's in Borrowdale, the Buttermere Valley, Ennerdale or out on the Whitehaven Coast.

Two rangers walk towards Blencathra in the early morning sun

The Life of an Upland Ranger

Upland Ranger Hugo reflects on what makes his job special

Mists gather in the bottom of the Borrowdale Valley at dawn.

A Short Walk Through Time

Ranger Jordan has history on his mind as he walks in the footsteps of 17th century quarry men and Ice Age glaciers.

A post and wire fence running down a hill with an autumnal view down Borrowdale behind

My first year as a ranger in the Lakes

Being a ranger in the Lake District is a dream job for many people. Ranger Morwenna tells us what her first year was really like.

Two rangers survey the Watendlath valley from a stationary quad. It is a clear day with views to Skiddaw in the distance.

From the high fell to the valley bottom

Ranger Jordan takes us behind the scenes to see what they’ve been doing in their winter-time ‘off the fell’

low winter sun through silhouettes of tree branches

Letting the light into Cockshot Wood

In January 2019 we worked hard in Cockshot Wood near Keswick to let more light into the woodland, improving wildlife habitats and creating a new den-building area.

rangers spreading slate gravel with rakes

Creating a new accessible path at Derwent Water 

Not all of the ranger team’s work is up on the fells; some is a little closer to home. We've been working hard creating a new accessible path beside Derwent Water.

Two rangers build a fenced structure on a bright snowy day in the high fells

A year in the life of an upland ranger - 2018

Every time you visit, park, donate or join, this is the kind of thing your money goes towards

upland path rangers rebuilding retaining walls on Castle Crag

Looking after war memorial mountain Castle Crag in 2018

Commemorating the Lake District fells given as war memorials during 2018 doesn't just involve acts of remembrance, it also involves acts of conservation

2 Herdwick tups in winter, Seatoller, Lake District

Hiding the hard work

Upland path ranger Jordan takes time on a winter's day to reflect on a year on the Lake District fells and the importance of leaving projects looking as if he was never there.

Half completed stone structure resembling a sleeping policeman sits across path with Rosthwaite fell in the background

Last men standing 

The north lakes upland rangers battle icy conditions in a race against time to complete this season's mission before winter takes hold

Ranger winches boulder into place, High Snab dam, Lake District

High Snab dam repairs

When a reservoir suffers water damage...

National Trust ranger digging bridleway, Grange in Borrowdale

Under the shadow of Castle Crag

Jordan the upland ranger has dappled sun on his back and history on his mind when re-pitching a bridleway in Borrowdale

Ranger repairing the path on Cat Bells, Keswick

Chronicles of an upland ranger

Ever wondered who repairs the paths we love to tread, high up in the fells where even hauling yourself and your rucksack feels like hard work? Meet Jordan, one of 16 upland rangers working across the Lake District.

new zealand pigmyweed in someone's hand

The alien invasion of Derwent Water 

Help us control Derwent Water's biggest problem plant, the invasive New Zealand Pigmy Weed

Shovels and aggregate ready for track repairs Loweswater, Cumbria

Business as usual with track repairs at Loweswater

Catch up with the North Lakes Ranger team as they carry out some routine repair work on a popular trackway in Loweswater

Ranger laying a hedge, Loweswater, Lake District
Ranger repairing flood damaged wall, Borrowdale

Ranger team round-up - where did 2016 go?

Catch up with some of the work the Ranger team in the North Lakes got stuck into during 2016

Berries on a yew branch in Borrowdale, Lake District

Maurice and the trees of Borrowdale

A blog post about a soggy day meeting ancient trees in Borrowdale with Woodlands Ranger Maurice Pankhurst

Group of National Trust Rangers in Loweswater meadow

Meeting Flora and Peat

Read my blog post about National Trust Rangers sharing their botanical skills and knowledge of hay meadows and peat bogs in Loweswater, Cumbria

Black Galloway cow, Ennerdale, Cumbria

Wild Ennerdale and the Black Galloway cattle

Find out why we share Ennerdale with 34 big black shaggy cows

Rangers repairing Cat Bells terrace path

Repairing flood damage around Borrowdale and Derwent Water 

The 2015 storms may be a few years ago now and we've come a long way, but everything we've done and everything we've learned informs the work we do on a daily basis and into the future. Find out what we've been up to...