Working with others in the Lake District

Mike Innerdale with farmer Will Benson and family

Our aim in the Lake District is clear; to protect and adapt the Lakes for the whole society, now and in the future. But in order to do this, we work with others here.

We look after and give access to breathtaking places, and our people are passionate
and able. But we don’t pretend to have all the answers, or the means - or desire - to work alone.

How will we work with others?

We’ll find common cause with others; collaborate, learn, and adjust at every step when it comes to delivering this. A lot of this is in the attitude we bring to our work. We’ll strive to be open in our working relationships; listening to ideas and concerns, trying things out, learning, adapting, and taking part in a shared future for the Lake District.

We're working with Andrew Race at Burnthwaite Farm.

We knew we had a shared purpose with Andrew when we met to discuss him taking on the tenancy at Burnthwaite Farm, over 13 years ago. We all wanted to see a farm business that balanced traditional hill farming with a warm welcome to the visitors who are drawn to the famous fells that rise up around the farm - Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Great End, Scafell Pike. It’s good for visitors, good for the land, and good for business. And indeed, it’s nothing new - Burnthwaite Farm has been taking guests since the 1700s, when the trade was from the packhorse trail up over Styhead Pass. We’re delighted with the result - the hefted flock of Herdwicks, the beef cattle, the thriving traditional 11-bed guesthouse and the holiday cottage.

For the past few years we’ve even been able to coordinate National Trust volunteer working holidays to provide welcome extra hands at lambing time - and providing our volunteers with a unique opportunity to try their hands at traditional hill farming. It’s a great basis for a partnership; Andrew’s success is our success.

Burnthwaite Farm, Wasdale
Burnthwaite Farm