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.
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:
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.
We offer a mix of essential and optional training to new recruits :
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.
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:
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.
If you have questions that aren't answered here please contact our Volunteer Recruitment Coordinator, Annie Duckworth by email or on 01539 792605.