Meet our volunteers

Volunteers play a huge part in supporting the work of the National Park Authority. They contribute a great deal including:

  • Sharing their knowledge and passion for the Lakes by leading Guided Walks
  • Repairing and maintaining the network of upland paths through the Fix the Fells project
  • Maintaining the spectacular landscape through practical conservation tasks
  • Meeting and greeting visitors at Brockhole and information centres

You can find out what we are currently recruiting for on the current opportunities page.

10 minutes with...Kath Jackson

How long have you been volunteering for the Lake District National Park?

I started volunteering around nine years ago.

What is your current volunteer role?

Volunteer Navigation instructor

I am a qualified Mountain Leader and provide training and assessment to other volunteers who need hill skills for their roles, such as Archaeology, Walk Leader and Fix the Fells volunteers.

Kath

Kath at home in the Cumbrian Fells

What inspired you to volunteer with us?

I’m Cumbrian born and bred and believe passionately that we have the best county in the country. There is so much to love here, from landscape and wildlife to a rural culture and history inextricably linked to the land; I wanted a part in looking after it all.

What is your earliest memory of the Lake District?

Braithwaite was the perfect village to be a kid in the '70s. We had the freedom to run wild, with becks and hills as our playground. Lots of happy memories!

What do you enjoy most about your volunteering?

I enjoy meeting great people, exploring some less walked bits of the park, testing my navigation and mountain skills and witnessing lightbulb moments as others develop their own skills and confidence.

Enjoying Beacon Tarn while instructing our volunteers on map and compass skills

What is your favourite spot in the Lake District and why?

My favourite spot is wherever I am/have just been!

Which is your favourite Lake or Fell and why?

Ennerdale Water because it is less visited than many others and has no lakeshore road/traffic. And Haycock Fell because of a memorable camp on the top, with some sheep that fancied stampeding around the tent at random intervals all through the night before disappearing again; I’m pretty sure they were laughing at me.

Tell us an interesting fact or anecdote you would like to share about the Lake District?

I also volunteer with Kendal Mountain Search and Rescue Team. When out and about, be reassured that there are around 400 volunteer members, including me, of the 12 Mountain Rescue Teams, who are on call 24/7/365 to come to your aid. The busiest year to date was 2010, with 600 callouts for help in the fells!