In memory and in celebration message wall

The following messages have been left by donors to the Lake District National Park.

Messages in memory

Marjorie and C Roland Leeson

In memory of Marjorie and C Roland Leeson, a love of the lakes and walking with friends and family. With much love, Jane, Neil and Paula and their families x

Kenneth Muir Thompson - July 1934 to February 2019

In loving memory of Kenneth Muir Thompson July 1934 to February 2019. Who enjoyed a lifetime of Lakeland walks. Much missed by his family.

Graham Allaway 1956-2023

In all you touch and all you see, that is where you will find me.

Katie Joanna Vanes

In memory of Katie Joanna Vanes, who was very partial to mountains and considered Cumbria her favourite place in the world

Sheila Margaret Creighton (nee Elliot)

In loving memory of Sheila Margaret Creighton (nee Elliot) who was born and raised close by and now lays to rest.

Alan and Sheila Warhurst

For Alan and Sheila Warhurst Who loved the Lake District Married 1954 With love from all your family.

Cliff Dawson 1937-2021

A man who loved the Lakes.

John Smith MBE (1935-2022)

In loving memory of John Smith MBE (1935-2022). A loving husband, father and Grandfather who loved life and brought sparkle and fun into our world.

To Mum and Dad

For all the happy memories by Derwent Water, Love Jess & Dave

Michael (Milo) Hanlon

The lake was his playground where he had so much fun with friends and family but also taught his water sport passion to so many others.

Janice Stewart. 24.07.55-11.02.22.

In loving memory of Janice Stewart. Our dear wife, mum, gran and sister. Always loved, sorely missed.

Allan Stewart Wilson 1979-2022

For his intelligence, his strength and his character - he stood in a league of his own. If he saw that you had made it this far on your walk, he would tell you that you’ve earnt yourself a beer.

Edith and George Napier (1922-1996)  (1923-2021)

They loved the hills.

Samantha Jean Robb- McKinlay

In loving memory of Samantha Jean Robb- McKinlay who had a life long love affair with the Lakes, which is celebrated with a small plaque in one of her favourite spots, on the footbridge at the foot of Comb Beck, on the path around Buttermere.

Michael & Kaija Pearson

To Mum & Dad, Michael & Kaija Pearson who began their married life in the Lake District 58 years ago. Lots of wonderful family memories and mountain walks in the intervening years. A fitting legacy that they will be remembered in the National Park with a view of Blencathra, one of the last walks we did. Hannah, Sophie & Marcus Pearson xxx

Joan Wright

In loving memory of Joan Wright who loved walking the fells and spending time in The Lake District. Sorely missed, but in our hearts forever. 1943-2021.

John Smith MBE

In loving memory of John Smith MBE (1935-2022). A loving husband, father and Grandfather who loved life and brought sparkle and fun into our world.

Ian Palmer

In memory of Ian Palmer, much loved and greatly missed, who enjoyed many happy days exploring the Lake District … his happy place.

Vivienne Early (1941-2022)

In loving memory of our dear Mum who loved the Lakes - with happy memories of our stays at Park Cliffe and many walks with family and friends up Gummers How.

Victor Frank Flood

In Memory of my Father, Victor Frank Flood, who loved the Langdales.

Joe Malone

In loving memory of Joe Malone (22/02/1938-25/11/2020) & Wendy Malone (14/10/1937- 05/09/2019) & in celebration of their love of the Lake District & their wedding day 14/07/1962.

Derek Emmerson

In memory of Derek Emmerson who loved the Lakes. Happy memories of Grasmere and Loughrigg. Doreen, Jill and Mark.

Joyce & Joyce

In loving memory of Joyce and Joyce, who spent so many happy times here and created so many memories.

Lois Claire Huntingdon

In loving memory of Lois Claire Huntingdon. Remembering all the happy times we spent with her in the Lake District National Park.

Brenda Addison

In loving memory of Brenda Addison, loving mother to Julie, caring grandmother to Ian and soon to be a wonderful character in the stories and dreams told to great grandson Miles.

Mum & Dad

In loving memory of Mum & Dad, who so loved the NW Lakes.

Michael Preston

For Michael Preston, a wonderful brother-in-law and uncle. Your love for your wife, children and grandchildren...your kindness to friends and family...and your laughter and joy you brought to many...will forever ring in our hearts. May you always enjoy the beauty and wonder. You are much loved and greatly missed. With all our love and hugs, the Nettleton and the Pradhan families.

Peter McManaman

In memory of beloved Husband, Father, Grandfather and Builder; Peter McManaman (1935-2011), with whom we shared many cherished memories of family holidays in the Lake District. May this fingerpost near Windermere guide walkers on their way as he guided so many in life.

24/09/20 - My hero

Thank you, stranger, for my gift of life.
Organ donation saves lives.
Forever grateful,

Chris Armour

Chris Armour remembered with love in the place he loved 1966 -2019 xxx

MKD & RJW 21/12/2017

Lake District, our happy place! :)

John and Margaret Liptrot

In memory of our wonderful, loving parents (and grandparents) who both loved the Lake District. We spent many happy times here as a family and have some beautiful memories which will be cherished. We miss you both very much.
Jane, Clare, Chris, Alistair, Nicky, Maisie and Sam.

Mary and David Pache

In loving memory of our parents Mary and David Pache who loved the Lakes and spent pleasant times walking and taking photographs in the area. The fingerpost near Chapel Stile is a perfect memorial to them both.
Stella, Louise and Eva.


For our beautiful Holly in the place where we feel closest to her. A wonderful, kind, talented girl who was lost far too soon, but who will live on in our hearts forever. Xxx

Derek and Mary Harrison

Derek and Mary Harrison loved walking around Tarn Hows and visiting  Skelwith Bridge, Elterwater and Hawkshead.


Helen loved Ullswater and it was our favourite place to picnic and walk, especially at Aira Force and the lakeside path and rowing to the island.

Kath Elliott

Kath Elliott remembered with love in the place she loved 1954-2019 x

Geoff W Byrne

In loving memory of Geoff, a great father and father-in-law. Whose jokes will still be hanging on in our hearts.
Much love always  - Justine, Bobby and Nigel.

Anthony Valentine

Anthony loved the Lakes.  As a child brought up in Lancashire he first came with his parents William and Mary. At seventeen he was a member of the Outward Bound School in Ullswater. Throughout his working life as one of our finest actors, he regularly trundled over many a fell, with a Mars bar and a compass, and appreciated the peace and objectivity the “lumps” gave him. He would have been so thrilled to know that he was helping to preserve this magical place by sponsoring the footbridge at Sty Head Gill. Remembering with so much love my dear husband and friend.


Leo loved the mountains. They brought him contentment, peace and friendship throughout his life, so dedicating this gate to his memory could not be more fitting. His family and friends will remember him with great happiness whenever they visit this beautiful spot near Loughrigg Tarn.
From his daughters Kate, Juliet and Alison, sons-in-law, grandchildren and grand-dogs, with love always.

David John Morriss

For Dave, a wonderful husband, dad and grandad. He loved walking the fells with his border collie, Gwynne and marvelled at the beauty of the Lakes. He was head teacher at Lorton village school for many years so it is fitting that this memorial is in Buttermere which was part of his catchment area. May this finger post guide others in this beautiful valley. From Sandra and Helen.

Kath Elliott

Kath Elliott remembered with love in the place she loved 1954-2019 x

Alan Keith Midgley

In memory of Alan Keith Midgley of Yeadon, West Yorkshire, and the many happy holidays with friends and family among the lakes and fells.

Meryl Moore, née Ansell

Our mother, Meryl Moore, née Ansell, 1930-1987. She first visited the Lakes in 1940, on a train full of exhausted soldiers. To let them sleep she and our grandfather were standing in the corridor – from the train window she saw mountains for the first time and was hooked for life.

Kevin O'Keefe and Howie

In loving memory of Kevin O'Keefe and his beloved dog Howie. May they wander the hills together in peace.

Rev G Beck

Remembering with love our father, George Beck, who loved and walked these hills for two decades. "Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for God is with you wherever you go." Andy, Kath, Mags, Mart, Janet, Kath and Ali.

David Mallalieu

David Mallalieu, (1935-2019), walked the fells from childhood to old age. Alone, with family and with friends. A man for all seasons.

Ron Budd

In memory of our father Ron Budd 1931-2015 who loved to walk the Lake District fells. John and Kate.

Alan Heaton

Patterdale was our favourite place. We loved the walks, scenery and tranquillity. Lovely memories.

Joan Elaine Slack

In memory of Joan Elaine Slack. Born Llanharry, Wales 4th May 1951, died Villamartin, Spain 15th December 2018. She walked lightly across the earth, but left deep impressions. With love, Glynne, Matthew & Natalie

John Tratt

John Tratt (1938-2018) moved to Cumbria in 1990 and volunteered with the LDNPA for 25 years. Friends have sponsored a bridge overlooking Loweswater in his memory (NY124201). John loved walking in this area and socialising in the Kirkstile Inn. We hope you will too, and that you will think of him and smile!

Sue Welsh

In memory of Sue Welsh who loved to run and walk this path with her dogs Mollie and William and her partner Dave and family. Sue will be missed forever.

James Dalton

James loved the Lakes. We got married @ Jesus Church 2006. We climbed the Langdales with our gorgeous daughter. Biking was his passion. We love & miss you. Xxx

Peter Jobbins

In loving memory of PETER JOBBINS who spent many happy hours walking in the Lake District with his family and friends. 29.12.1946 - 18. 08. 2018.

Gerald Robinson Swan

In memory of my Dad, who showed us the beauty of the Lake District. We love and miss you every day. From Mum, Emily and Phil, Gerald and Steph, Toby, Elliot, Jacob and Charlie

Alec and Hilary Cushnie

In memory of Alec and Hilary Cushnie who spent many a happy hour meandering on the fells. Sadly missed but remembered with joy by all the family.

John Winter

In memory of our dear friend John Winter, with grateful thanks for many years of leading wonderful walks in Britain and France and for his unique system of post-walk language exercises. He truly upheld the spirit of Entente Cordiale.

Harry and Audrey Fessler

Friends. To celebrate the lives and achievements of Harry and Audrey Fessler, there is a small plaque on the timber bridge over Tarn Beck, the stream running out of Beacon Tarn, on the footpath from Beacon Tarn to Greenholme. (GridRef: SD 277896). You may wish to think of them there.

Alan Roberts

Alan was always happy rambling in the Lake District. There can be few mountains not climbed or lakes not walked around. We remember him amongst the beautiful landscape, happy and at peace. The gate is in celebration and thanks for those happy memories of our Dad and Gramps.

Thelma Taylor

Thelma Taylor (our mum) - who was the best mum and the best marmalade maker.  We miss her still.  
Bruce, Rotha, Helen and Russell.

Ron Bennett

Ron Bennett (Dad)’s favourite poem was “What is this life if, full of care We have no time to stand and stare?” This ends with “A poor life this if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.” So sponsoring a gate overlooking the Lakeland fells that he introduced us to, seemed an appropriate way to remember him whilst simultaneously enhancing the landscape – he would have liked that. Love Margaret, Jon, Jane, Peter, James and Tom xx

Rita White

Our angel on earth Rita White, now watching over us from the heavens. Forever in our hearts.
Sarah, Alan, Jamie and Natasha xxxx

Timothy Paul Evison

“The fleeting hour of life of those who love the hills is quickly spent, but the hills are eternal. …” - Alfred Wainwright, The Western Fells. In loving memory of Timothy Paul Evison (14.03.66 – 02.01.18).

Byron Perry

In loving memory of Byron Perry, who loved the Lakes and usually strode about 50 yards ahead of his wife Lesley and his family. Thank you Grandad for sharing the Lakes with us, for the holidays, the hours spent in the rain teaching us perseverance and the wonderful memories.

Jack Picton

In loving memory of Jack Picton, one of life's true adventurers.
With everlasting gratitude for all that he gave us. From his children, Thomas, Sarah, Richard and Rebecca.

Eric and Jean Fell

In loving memory of Eric and Jean Fell.

Margaret and Hubert Horton

In memory of Margaret and Hubert Horton, who spent 50 blissful years exploring the Fells. With much love and gratitude from their nephews, nieces and families.

Violet Eva Hall

In loving memory of Violet Eva Hall. The Lake District was always a special place for her.

S & M Billsborough

In memory of our beloved parents and grandparents Sid and Muriel Billsborough. We miss you.

Heather Thomas' Lovell Concordia

In memory of Heather Thomas' Lovell Concordia, a walking and music holiday group. We spent 28 wonderful years of friendship in the Lake District. Special thanks to Robert Harrison for his donation to the Ullswater Way Improvement Project.

Sheila and Ron Croxford

In memory of Sheila and Ron Croxford who both loved the peace and beauty of the Lake District.

Albert Lockley

Albert Lockley 12th June 1937 - 8th February 2013.  A loving husband, father and grandfather.  He was a lover of the Lake District and was never happier than when he was surrounded by its beauty.

Arthur and Jean Baker

In memory of Arthur and Jean Baker who loved the Lakes and spent many happy holidays there.
We especially remember their wonderful Golden Wedding celebration at Derwentwater in 2005.


There was no place where Roy would rather be than wandering the fells with his family.  His sense of adventure and fun whether up hill or down dale will be missed by all those who knew him.

Paul Clarkson

We are sponsoring a gate in memory of Paul Clarkson, a loving husband and a doting dad. He loved the Lake District and was a keen fell walker. We relocated to Cumbria in 2014 to have the fells on our doorstep.
He died in June 2016 after a brave and dignified battle against cancer.
Forever in our hearts xxx

Bill and Joan Burston

In memory of Bill and Joan Burston who loved the Lake District and created many happy family holidays at Howtown and beyond.

Robert Alan Day

Our Rob, a loving caring Son, Brother, Uncle and Friend.  Taken too soon, but never forgotten!
You will dance on in our hearts forever! Xxx

Norman Stanley

In memory of Norman Stanley who enjoyed happy times here with his family.


For Sylvia, who loved Hawkshead.

John Hollington

In memory of John  for all the miles we walked together over the years, especially over the Cumbrian Fells. You are still with me in my heart wherever I walk.

Loved and missed by us all, Rita and family, Wendy, Paul and Neil.

Stanley Langford

In loving memory of Stanley Langford (1914-1996), who shared his passion for the Lake District and Buttermere in particular, with those he loved. This bridge (Sour Milk Ghyll) marks the beginning of the climb to Red Pike where his ashes were scattered by his widow, Margaret and his children.

Chris Hart

In memory of Chris Hart who died in 2015. Founder of the Christian Walking Club. In 1981 Chris placed an advert in the YHA Hostelling News - 55 Christians from all over the country replied. Today the club has more than 400 members and events are organised throughout the UK. (

Gwen and Bob Scott

Gwen and Bob of Liverpool will be sadly missed but never forgotten by their family and friends.
Many happy hours spent together in the Lakes - Love, James, Liz and family.

Edward and Irene Armstrong

In memory of

  • Edward Armstrong 1910 to 2008  b. Carlisle
  • Irene Armstrong (nee Chalk) 1917 to 2003  b. Sunderland

From their sons, David and Geoff Armstrong

Jo-Anne Taylor

Jo-Anne Taylor - My Earth treading star who is much loved and immensely missed - 1973 to 2015 - love you, Dave.

Wilf Upton

In loving memory of Wilf Upton. May his post guide others across the mountains he loved.
- The Peats

Tony Wright

The bridge between The Boardwalk and Bench, High Dam is dedicated to Tony Wright. Donated by Rachel and Roz Sullivan as a fitting memorial to a man whose life purpose was to help as many as possible. Also for our dogs, Rooney, Dylan, Vasco and Rufus who love(d) High Dam even more than he did. Tony was the dearest friend, helper and mentor to family, friends and community. When you stand here, perchance seeing the river of primroses meandering downhill in springtime, ("Beautiful little chaps" he'd say), bless a man who was a force for good in this world.

Messages in Celebration

Mark Procter

All our happy days.

Michael & Kay

To celebrate their Wedding Anniversary. 5.12.70. With lots of love Sarah, Lucy, Elizabeth, Daisy, Poppy, Charles, Mitch & Henry xxx

Dear Dad

Wishing you a fantastic 80th birthday (80? how did that happen..??!!). Knowing how much you’ve enjoyed the Lakes over the years we’ve funded a fingerpost as your birthday present. It’s a triple fingerpost (ooOOoh!) and will live in Grasmere, rather near the Sarah Nelson gingerbread shop. We couldn’t think of anything more perfect! ...other than a unicycle but you already have one of those! We hope you and Mum will make a trip to see it, ideally via Southwold Pier!

Lots of love, Phil, Sarah, Matt, Loui, Phoebe, Lauren & Tara XXXXXXX

Nicky Mills

My darling wife is 50 on the 18/01/19 so I've sponsored a fingerpost for her on the way to Miller Ground, her favourite place to watch the sun go down. Have a great birthday Nicky, all my love Millsy xxx

Nat and Ben

Happy Wedding Day, Nat and Ben, love from Mum and Derek.

Ian and Carolyn Firth

Celebrating our 30th Wedding Anniversary.

Happy Birthday Ol!

Birthday wishes from Kate.

Andrew Nicholson

Happy Birthday from your children and grandchildren.  Looking forward to many more happy days on the fells.

Yee-Lin Richardson

The 4 Adventurers: Simon, Lin, Eve and Jay.
To celebrate and remember our year of adventures in the 15 UK National Parks in 2017.

Kathryn Bailey

"Orrest Head for many of us, is “where we came in” - our first ascent in Lakeland, our first sight of mountains in tumultuous array across glittering waters, our awakening to beauty” - AW

David Clarke

Happy 60th Birthday Dave Clarke!
From Hampton School Adventure Society.

Fiona & Mark

Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary.

Mr Norris

Happy 80th Birthday Pops!

Mr Davis

Happy Birthday Dad. Let it never be said you didn't put your mark on the world.

Jean and Ian Johnson

To commemorate 50 years of marriage for Jean and Ian Johnson.


Happy Birthday Heidi! Here's to all the long walks to come!

David and Karen Lee

David and Karen Lee are moving to Penrith to live near their beloved Lake District. Their friends at St Mark's church, Basingstoke have donated £200 to the Ullswater Way Project in celebration of their long friendship and fellowship and wish them much joy and happiness in the future.

John Boschetti

Celebrating 20 years walking in the Lake District.

Geoff and Celia Scott

In celebration of the Golden Wedding of Geoff and Celia Scott. Married at St Mark's Church, Layton, Blackpool.

Sheila Milner

A 'Yorkshire Lass' - I share my heart and LOVE the Lake District.

Geoff Greenwood

In celebration of Geoff Greenwood's 70th birthday on the 23 January 2017.
May his fingerpost guide others around the lakes and fells he loves.

Thank You Messages

Many thanks, David (Switzer) and all who work so hard to maintain and improve our appreciation of this wonderful area.