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. As a residential centre with a full kit of tools and working gear we play an important part in enabling people from further afield or that can only give a day to get involved with and find out more about Fix the Fells’ work.
We run a number of National Trust upland working holidays every year and provide the accommodation for other upland path teams to do the same. 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 and with up to twelve participants working with us for four days they are also a great way to tackle some quite substantial jobs. For the fifth day the working holidays now spend a day out with the Fix the Fells volunteers, giving a nice rounded experience of building a path followed by finding out about the work that goes into looking after them after this.
This last day is also a great way of recognising the importance of the Fix the Fells volunteers to the partnership. We’ve long been big supporters of this scheme, running regular work parties on the fells and hosting both the now well established Christmas do and the summer upland ‘blitz’. This upland weekend in particular is now an important part of the Fix the Fells calendar, involving not only a large contingent of the Fix the Fells volunteers but the other upland teams along with guests from Scotland and other parts of the country. With three days of work by a mass volunteer army and a big social BBQ on the Saturday night it is a brilliant way for people from different areas to get together and swap stories and ideas about upland path work and it’s great fun too!