Working holidays

Drystone walling working holiday members half way through their build

Working holidays are a great way to get involved with the National Trust's work and meet new people at the same time.

At High Wray we run around 8 working holidays every year, giving people a chance to try their hand at traditional skills such as hedgelaying, drystone walling, upland footpath work or traditional green woodwork. 

Participants stay for a week at High Wray and work with us for 5 of the days on the chosen task, going away with a good understanding of it and hopefully the confidence to take it further themselves if they want.

" I've got so much out of it. It's been brilliant being able to do something I've never, ever done before and it's my 70th year so it's been really exciting learning how to build a shed ... so perhaps I'll go home and do one. The drill at home is going to come out of it's box!"
- National Trust green woodwork working holiday participant

Working Holiday best bits

  • Gain a real insight into the work that goes into looking after the counryside
  • Learn new skills
  • Make new friends
  • Stay in a beautiful place
  • Get a sense of pride in a job well done!

Join a working holiday

If you would like to book or find out more about our working holidays, call the Holidays Team on 0344 800 3099