Commemorating WW1 in the Lake District

Soon after 1918, we were gifted England’s highest mountain, Scafell Pike, and 13 other Lake District summits, including the iconic Great Gable, as war memorials to look after on behalf of the nation. These gifts were described at the time as the “world’s greatest war memorial.”

Singing above Wasdale on Great Gable for the Great Gift song cycle

WW1: A look back on our year of remembrance in the Lakes  

100 years after the end of the first world war, we're looking back on our year of remembrance in the Lakes. Find out what we've been doing, and how you can join in on 18th November at Kendal Mountain Festival.

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Kendal Mountain Film Festival

Find out more about the whole Great Gift project at Kendal Mountain Festival

Archive photo of people gathered on Great Gable Summit in 1923

A Great Gift in the Lake District 

2018 marks 100 years since the end of the First World War. In the early years following the war, three very special gifts were made to the National Trust to look after on behalf of the nation.

The June choir on the summit of Scafell Pike

Commemorating the Great Gift of Freedom – Behind the scenes news

In 2018, we are commemorating the centenary of the of the Great War. Find out what our teams are up to 'behind the scenes'

Poppies growing in a field

Where Poppies Blow: a moving exhibition at Wordsworth House

In the Great War, tens of thousands went to fight for the fields, flowers and birds of Britain. Our 2018 exhibition marks 100 years since the end of hostilities by revealing the extraordinary role played by nature.

The newly restored summit cairn, Scafell Pike, the Lake District

Scafell Pike - Restoring the summit cairn

Our Rangers and volunteers camped out on the summit of Scafell Pike to rebuild the summit cairn - England's highest war memorial.

people holding cards on a crag overlooking Wastwater

Songs on the Summits 1918-2018

A special 'leave no trace' arts project of a song cycle performed and recorded on the top of Great Gable and the other fells gifted by the Fell and Rock Climbing Club.

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

Reaching the top of Scafell Pike was a huge achievement for Sarah

The Lakes appeal 

Help to look after the landscape, culture and wildlife of the Lakes, so people can find freedom, fresh air and the enriching experience of nature here forever.