A Fix the Fells volunteer holding a spade in celebration

Fix the Fells Lengthsman

The Fix the Fells project undertakes maintenance and repair work across the network of upland paths, monitoring and improving the condition of popular routes in the Lake District National Park. A huge proportion of this work is undertaken by a highly committed and passionate group of volunteers, known by the traditional title of Lengthsmen. Fix the Fells is an enormously successful partnership project between the National Trust , the Lake District National Park Authority, Natural England and The Lake District Foundation (LDF).

Please note: Fix the Fells is not currently recruiting new volunteers. To sign up to be notified of when recruitment opens, or to find out about other volunteering roles with the Lake District National Park Authority complete our online registration form.

What will I be doing?

Volunteering with Fix the Fells is a physically demanding outdoors-based role, and often requires a lengthy walk to and from the upland paths. The role is varied but the main tasks include:

  • Carrying out routine maintenance on specified upland paths including clearing drainage features and culverts, clearing loose stones from sections of stone pitching and removing unwanted cairns
  • Attending ranger-led practical work parties on upland paths to undertake minor repairs and landscaping
  • Monitoring previous repair work, surveying routes for deterioration and reporting findings
  • Promoting the work of Fix the Fells by talking to the public on the fells and providing information
  • Maintaining good relationships with landowners, tenants, farmers, local communities and partner organisations
  • Adhering to the Lake District National Park Authority and National Trust Vision and Values

What skills do I need?

  • A good level of physical fitness
  • An interest in practical conservation and upland path repairs
  • Knowledge of, and passion for, the Lake District National Park
  • Experience of walking in the Lake District fells
  • Great team-working skills

How often will I need to volunteer?

We ask our Fix the Fells Lengthsmen to commit to a minimum of 12 days of volunteering a year as this encourages our volunteers to build and retain their practical skills and knowledge. Fix the Fells is a year-round project and volunteering takes place throughout the week and all across the National Park.

What training will I receive?

We offer a mix of essential and optional training to new recruits :

  • A comprehensive induction, including health and safety briefings
  • Practical path maintenance training
  • Navigation training
  • First aid courses

In addition, all new Fix the Fells volunteers are allocated a volunteer mentor to help them learn the ropes and get settled into the project.

What's in it for me?

Our Fix the Fells volunteers tell us that the satisfaction of seeing their work used and enjoyed is a huge factor in their continued support! There is more, though, to make sure your efforts are recognised:

  • Opportunity to get out into one of Britain's most spectacular landscapes and often in ways that you might not have experienced before
  • A professional package of training
  • Encouragment to develop your existing skills and learn new ones
  • Support from a motivated and enthusiastic team of staff and experienced volunteers
  • A full calendar of social and celebration events
  • Access to discounts from both the Lake District National Park Authority and the National Trust
  • Reimbursement of out of pocket expenses

How do I apply?

Fix the Fells is not currently recruiting new volunteers. Usually, we recruit new volunteers on an annual basis depending on the needs of the project. In the meantime, there are lots of other volunteering opportunities that you can get involved with - find out more here. To register your interest in any volunteering role, or just to be notified when Fix the Fells is next recruiting, please complete our online form.

Any more questions?

If you have questions that aren't answered here please contact our Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, Annie Duckworth by email or on 01539 792605.

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