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, Friends of the Lake District and The Lake District Foundation (LDF).
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 comprehensive training and induction package. All LDNPA Volunteers will receive a National Park induction, as well as a role-specific induction. Volunteer Lengthsmen will need to undertake mandatory training in Outdoor First Aid, Navigation and Practical Path Maintenance. Further training is available throughout your time as a volunteer.
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:
Applications are now closed for 2023 volunteer places so please keep an eye on our webpages throughout the year for other opportunities or early in 2024 for news of the next Fix the Fells volunteer intake. You could also head over to the Fix the Fells website for more information on the project, links to social media and how you can support the project financially.
If you have questions that aren't answered here please contact our Volunteer Recruitment and Training Coordinator, Cath Elliott by email.