High Wray Basecamp is the National Trust’s full time volunteer centre in the Lake District and has had a long association with Fix the Fells. The team here started the very popular upland adventure camping holidays, National Trust working holidays with a difference. For these, our brave volunteers stay up on the fells for three nights, working to repair path erosion during the day. These give an experience like no other with participants gaining a real sense of ownership of the piece of path they’ve helped to look after. Additionally, we provide the accommodation for the working holidays for both the South Lakes and Central upland path teams.
We’re big supporters of the Fix the Fells lengthsmen scheme too. Along with the upland path teams, we also run a work party once a month. Unlike the upland teams’ days though, ours will be a low level task such as drystone walling or hedgelaying. As well as giving the lengthsmen an opportunity to expand their skills this also adds extra variety to the program, something many of the group have told us they appreciate. The lengthsmen use the Basecamp as a residential base for summer weekend work parties too and for the last three years have held their Christmas bash here – an event which gets bigger each year!