Volunteer in Langdale

Working in amazing places, meeting new people and knowing that you’re helping a great cause are all good reasons to volunteer with us. We have plenty volunteering opportunities in Langdale, whatever your interests and time availability. Whether you can imagine yourself doing practical conservation tasks in the countryside, welcoming visitors at Sticklebarn or turning your hand to some gardening tasks, we have some great roles for you.

Join the team at Sticklebarn

Sticklebarn is much more than just a traditional Lakeland pub; it’s the only National Trust run pub. We’re running it ourselves so that every penny we make goes back into looking after Langdale.
Sticklebarn sits in such a stunning setting, at the heart of miles of walking routes and with panoramic views of the Langdale Pikes. We are focused on providing an experience for our visitors that will make them return time-and-time again for great food and drink after a hard day on the fells.

We want everyone to get a warm welcome when they arrive, and our volunteering opportunities support this;

Langdale Ambassadors

The pub and the valley are rich in stories; from how the valley was formed in the ice-age, to our hydro-electric station switched on in 2015. If you love chatting to people and want to share stories and help people make the most of their day why not think about becoming a Langdale Ambassador. Based at Sticklebarn on the terrace, you’ll be on-hand to answer questions and give advice during our busy summer period. You’ll also have the opportunity to spend time at our campsite to meet visitors there and work alongside our rangers, and our countryside volunteers so you know exactly what we are working on.

Business Support Volunteer

Making our place feel like home for visitors requires a huge amount of work behind the scenes, so we are looking for someone with great organisational skills to help us keep on top of our administration. As well as knowing that you’re helping to support our conservation work in Langdale, you’ll also get great experience and have fun as part of the team.

Join the team at High Close

High Close is situated between Grasmere and Elterwater on the saddle created by Loughrigg Fell and Dow Bank. High Close Garden covers 11 acres and forms part of the High Close Estate which consists of around 535 acres. The Estate includes two farms, a dozen cottages, Loughrigg Tarn and parts of Grasmere shore.  Originally planted in the 1860s, there were once nine gardeners and a full time path sweeper to tend this lovely place. Now most of the work is carried out by our Rangers and volunteers, who are slowly bringing this beautiful place back to life.

Practical Conservation

Our practical conservation volunteers meet 3 times per month at High Close, usually on Sunday, Monday and Wednesday to help with the reinstatement of the Victorian gardens. This involves vegetation clearance, path and walling work, and any other bits of work that arises.  The group is led by a Volunteer Leader who is trained and plans the work in consultation with the Rangers. 


Thousands of people visit every year to enjoy the stunning and unspoilt landscape of the Lake District. This is great, but the high number of visitors does leave a mark on the landscape if left unchecked, so maintaining this landscape is an important and ongoing job for our Rangers. Our Patrol Volunteers play a vital part in this work by walking specific routes around Grasmere and Langdale to check for damage to paths, condition of access points, styles, gates, gate fixtures and furnishings and reporting any problems back to our Rangers.

Head to our volunteer pages to get more details and apply for a volunteer role.