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.”

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.

Views of Scafell Pike

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.