Meet a volunteer guide

10 minutes with... John Dennis

Anyone who meets him agree that John Dennis is amazing! Not only does he lead guided walks in and around the Coniston Fells in the southwest Lake District, John has many talents as you can see in our interview below.

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

I joined the service almost 15 years ago in January 2003.

What inspired you to volunteer?

To put something back into an area which has given me so much pleasure for over 60 years as a walker, cyclist and boater.

John Dennis

What is your current volunteer role or roles?

Southwest Guided Walks leader and Co-ordinator. 

also...Ranger-boat crew on Windermere and Coniston Water. Rights of Way Patrol Co-ordinator for Coniston and Torver parishes. Public navigation instructor. Park Management work parties with the Rangers.

What is your earliest memory of the Lake District?

Travelling on Windermere Steamers in the late 1940s and youth hostelling in the 1950s.

What do you enjoy most about your volunteering?

The variety of opportunities and the feeling of making a positive contribution.

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

Coniston Fells – they have a variety of walking challenges and rich history in a beautiful and comparatively quiet area.

Coniston Coppermines overlooking Coniston Water

Which is your favourite Lake or Fell and why?

Coniston Water – for the views, history and tranquility.

What one interesting fact or anecdote would you like to share about the Lake District?

The chap I met on Coniston Fells who asked “Where is it then?” When I asked what, he replied “Coniston Old Man”; I replied “I’m here” to which he responded “Nah, I don’t mean thee, I mean t’mountain!”