Free guided walks for Heritage Open Days

Guided walk with the local community at Thorneytwhaite
Published : 24 Jul 2019 Last update : 27 Nov 2020

Every day between 14 and 22 September you can join a different guided walk led by one of our knowledgable ranger team who have worked in these landscapes for years. Discover the stories hidden beneath the surface of this incredible World Heritage Site.

Scroll through our selection of guided walks for Heritage Open Days. Whether you're into green energy, wildlife or archaeology there'll be something for you. Book online to secure a place. Tickets are free and you can book online or by calling our box office on 0344 249 1895.

Saturday 14 September

Guided walk to the abandoned settlement at Kinniside 
Discover the hidden histories of the archaeology above Ennerdale with views right out over the coast on a guided walk with valley ranger Chris who's worked on caring for the archaeology and wildlife habitats at Kinniside for many years. Free.

Sunday 15 September
Whitehaven Coast

Fog Signal station  
Join us for a guided walk along the cliff tops to seek out a quirky remnant of coastal heritage.
As we walk along the Whitehaven coast to the Fog Signal Station you'll see and hear about the industrial history that has shaped this coastline and continues to do so today. We'll stop for a break at St Bees Head Fog Signal Station with a chance to look inside this normally closed building which perches precipitously on St Bees Head. Then we'll return along the coast towards Whitehaven. Approx. 8 miles

Monday 16 September
Buttermere Valley

Guided Riverlands walk at Crummock Water
Discover more about the behind the scenes work at Crummock Water, and about our Riverlands project looking at the health of the rivers that flow into the Derwent and how the way we care for rivers upstream impacts on our homes in towns and villages downstream. Meet Lanthwaite wood car park. Free (parking free for members, otherwise £6 for four hours).

Tuesday 17 September

Hydro walk from Seatoller 
Discover what we’re doing with Hydro power in Borrowdale. Visit our hydro at Hause Gill which feeds back enough energy into the grid to power a hamlet the size of Seatoller. We will head up Combe Gill to see our new plant in construction which will help us achieve our aim of generating 50% of our energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Meet NT Seatoller car park. Free (parking free for members, otherwise £7.50 for the day).

Wednesday 18 September

Guided walk to Ashness Bridge
Discover the secrets of Borrowdale's woodlands combined with views of Derwent Water on a guided walk with woodlands ranger Maurice who's lived and worked here for nearly 20 years. Meet at Great Wood car park. Free (parking free for members, otherwise £6 for four hours).

Thursday 19 September

Community Open Day at Thorneythwaite
Meet the National Trust team and discover the work they're doing behind the scenes to care for the cultural and natural heritage at Thorneythwaite Farm on a guided walk taking in the recently discovered archaeological site, with tea and cake at the end. Meet at Seatoller car park. Free (parking free for members, otherwise £6 for four hours).

Friday 20 September

Guided walk to Castle Crag
Discover the hidden histories of Borrowdale with views right down the valley on a guided walk with upland path ranger Jordan who's worked on repairing the paths on Castle Crag for the past 3 years and has got to know it inside-out. Meet at Seatoller car park.  Free (parking free for members, otherwise £6 for four hours).

Sunday 22 September

Force Crag Mill Open Day
Join a guided tour of the processing mill and discover the story of the last mineral mine to be worked in the Lake District. Accessible only by foot, bike or National Trust vehicle, discover one of the Lakes most quirky yet fascinating secrets located in the stunning Coledale Valley, near Keswick. Free (booking not needed, apart from for mobility transport).

footpath sign against a blue sky with a walker on the skyline in the background

How to book

A rare opportunity to get a first-hand account from the rangers who live and work in the Lake District.