Farming in the Lake District

We're proud to care for 90 farms in the Lake District. We couldn’t do this without our tenant farmers, who manage the land and provide food in a sustainable, nature-friendly way. No one is better placed to care for the landscapes, improve the natural environment and maintain Lakeland traditions than the hill farmers who have helped shaped this special corner of the world for generations.

Allan Bank and Grasmere

Family life on a National Trust farm 

Lily and her Dad Will tell us what it's like to live and work at Townhead Farm in Grasmere.

Will Cleasby, Farming Advisor in the Lakes

An important time for farming in the Lakes  

Last autumn we welcomed Will Cleasby to the National Trust team of specialists in the Lakes. Will is from a farming family in the Eden Valley and brings an important mix of skills and experience which give him a respected voice in the farming community. Now one year into his role as Farm Advisor Project Manager, Will describes why this is an important time for farming in the Lakes.

Corrie-Closes move into Lane End Farm

The Corrie-Closes move into Lane End Farm, Kendal. 

After five years of living in a yurt, the Corrie-Closes move into Lane End Farm to farm in a nature friendly way.

Breaking news

Farming with nature at Low Sizergh Farm, Kendal, recognised in annual awards 

National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards announced at BBC Countryfile Live The very best farm food producers have been recognised at the National Trust’s annual Fine Farm Produce Awards, presented at BBC Countryfile Live at Blenheim Palace.

Hill farming at Thorneythwaite

Hill farming at Thorneythwaite

National Trust farming advisor Neil Johnson shows how we’re working with the traditions of upland hill farming in the Lake District to help nature thrive at Thorneythwaite in Borrowdale.

Rangers surveying a hay meadow at Hill Top farm, Near Sawrey, Cumbria

Looking after Hill Top's hay meadows

The hay meadows at Hill Top are an iconic part of the farm that Beatrix Potter loved and worked in. During the month of July we've been celebrating their rich diversity and discovering more about these havens for nature.

Ranger on boat on Coniston Water

Coniston and Little Langdale Rangers

Our Rangers have a huge expanse of land to look after; from lakeshores to fell tops they're working hard to care for our countryside at Coniston. Take a look at how they work with tenant farmers to create wildlife habitats.

Beatrix Potter at Keswick show

Beatrix Potter the farmer

Beatrix Potter had a keen interest in farming and in particular loved the Herdwick breed of sheep, which is farmed in the Lake District, Cumbria.

The view from High Lickbarrow in Windermere

A conservation gem in the heart of Windermere

Hear the birds sing, see wildflowers aplenty, and spot the insects among the grass as you stroll along the nearby paths and lanes of High Lickbarrow.