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Latest News and Events - February 2017


Events in 2017

We've been busy organising our events calendar for 2017. If you're in the mood for birdwatching, planting, stargazing, movie making or a spot of wading we have just the thing so do come along and join us.

Visit our website for details and booking facilities 

View / Download our 2017 events leaflet (pdf)

We have a few addtional events scheduled for 2017. Booking facilities are not available yet but you might like to mark your diary.

Sat 20th May 2017
Annual Dry Stone Walling Competition
Watch the wallers in action at Mazonwath, Little Asby. Free entry.
Sat 10th June 2017
Fell Care at Keswick Mountain Festival
A mini Fell Care event with taster sessions for willing volunteers.
Sat 1st July 2017
Annual General Meeting and members’ events
Threlkeld Village Hall, guided walk and talks in the morning.

Become a Member

Become a member of Friends of the Lake District and join thousands of likeminded people in protecting and enhancing this unique place. By becoming a member the contribution you make will help us to:

  • Practically conserve important landscapes, habitats and native species. 
  • Campaign on major issues that will affect the Lake District and Cumbria.
  • Inspire and educate local communities, visitors, outdoor practitioners and young people on how to look after this special place.
All of the money we receive in membership fees is spent in the Lake District and Cumbria. 

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Volunteering in 2017

We are excited to let you have our workparty dates and volunteering opportunities for 2017. We rely on the help of volunteers to manage our properties and help out with other events and office tasks.

Download the 2017 workparty schedule - includes times and directions (pdf)

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Do we want expressways across national parks?

Which of us has not complained when road journeys have been taking longer than we had hoped or we are trapped in a traffic jam? Why can’t this particular road that we happen to be travelling on be ‘improved’ – or that regular bottleneck be bypassed?

Read the full article by written by Lillian Burns, life member of Friends of the Lake District.

Morecambe Bay Walk 2017

The Morecambe Bay Walk takes you across the largest expanse of tidal mudflats and sand in the United Kingdom. You will be led by Cedric Robinson, the Queen’s Official Guide to the sands, who has been leading these walks across the bay for over 50 years. Suitable for anyone who is comfortable walking for 3 to 4 hours. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult and well behaved dogs are welcome. 

Visit our website for booking and event information

Our response to the NWCC Consultation

On January 6th 2017 we submitted our written response to the NWCC consultation.

You can read it here. Click to see document

Thank you to everyone who has contacted National Grid with your concerns. There have been more than 2270 letters written to National Grid via our website and we know of plenty more people who have written separately. Hopefully we can stop National Grid spoiling the Duddon Estuary and the Furness peninsula.

Work for us...

Visit the vancancies page on our website for more information and job application packs.

Make a donation to Friends of the Lake District and help us protect and enhance this beautiful area.

Help us plant 5200 trees!

We're planting 5200 trees over the winter months at High Borrowdale, Join us for our Fell Care Force planting day on Wednesday 8th February and help us to reach our target.

More details>


We commissioned director, Dom Bush and editor Simon Sylvester to create a short film as a means of showing the impact of flooding events on a community and what, in their own words, the possible solutions may be In the future.

(Run time 14 minutes)
Watch it here>

2017 Photography Competition

We need winter images for our 2017 Christmas cards and year round images for our 2018 calendar.

We’re confident that somewhere in your collections or gathered on trips out and about in 2017 you will find the perfect image. 

Winning submissions will receive a complimentary set of our 2017 Christmas cards and our 2018 Calendar. You will also be fully credited for your image/s.

Details, competition rules and entry instructions are available on our website

The Helm

We have installed new gates on our property at the Helm near Kendal to provide access for walkers.

Late last year we had to lock gates on the property when somebody deliberately began leaving gates open (lifting them off of their hinges on one occassion) resulting in the grazing cattle escaping - luckily there were no accidents on the road.

Now that our lovely gates are in, we'd encourage you to pay our property a visit. You can read more about the Helm on our website.

(Click to enlarge) - Thanks to our wonderful volunteer Jean for pictures and to contractors for a handsome piece of work

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Lake District
World Heritage Bid

Limited edition World Heritage Little Herdys are now on sale with £5 of each sale going towards a fund for farming projects.

These are available for sale through Lake District National Park information centres (Keswick, Bowness and Brockhole), from LDNP head office in Kendal and by phone. More info on the blog:  
There is also a competition for a chance to win a day exploring the Lakes in a Twizy. This competition will close on 17 March 2017. More info:  

Click to Back the Bid!

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