The National Trust protects about a quarter of the Lake District National Park, and there can be few places more spectacular for Volunteers to work than the beautiful Derwentwater.

Keswick, at the northern end of the lake, provides a wide selection of guest houses and pubs where we can unwind in the evenings. Aside from the rewarding tasks and change of scenery, the social aspects also contribute greatly to the enjoyment of the weekends away. In 1998 we helped to rebuild a rotting boardwalk at the southern end of Derwentwater. The weather was rather wet for most of the weekend, but we were not deterred and the boardwalk is still standing and protecting the marshy ground around it.

The following year the weather couldn’t have been more different: brilliant sunshine! We were building a low post-and-rail fence on Friar’s Crag to guide the public away from areas undergoing regeneration. The view along the lake from the crag is stunning. Indeed, John Ruskin, whose memorial stands on the crag, went as far as to say that the view was one of the finest in Europe.

We were again very lucky with the weather in 2000 and were privileged to be working on Derwent Island, which is usually open to the public only 5 days per year.

Typical work done here

Meeting Point

denotes our usual meeting point.

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