High Wray Basecamp – the National Trust’s residential volunteer centre in the Lake District
High Wray Basecamp has had a long association with Fix the Fells. As a residential centre with a full kit of tools and working safety gear we play an important part in enabling as many different people as possible -from the regular Fix the Fells volunteers to National Trust working holidays, local education providers, charities and supporter groups – the chance to get involved with and find out more about conservation work.
Fix the Fells also supports Basecamp in its wider aims. We work with many organisations whose members have little or no experience of the countryside, such as inner city youth charities and drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres.
As well as upland work we tackle all sorts of other practical outdoor jobs from building low level paths to drystone walling, removing invasive species to hedgelaying to name a few. We can normally find something to suit everyone, so inexperience or differing ability levels don’t have to be a barrier to helping us look after the countryside.
It really is no exaggeration to say that for many volunteers that come to Basecamp their time here can be a life changing experience and something we hope will grow into a life long love of places like the Lake District – something that can only help Fix the Fells.
To find out more about High Wray Basecamp’s work take a look at our Yearbook:
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I’ve had a brilliant time learning about footpath management – not just how to make one but why we make them. It makes me appreciate all the work that goes into every foot of path and how important the work of the rangers and the Fix the Fells volunteers is.
It’s a magical place to be around, the wild life is out of this world and the walks, it’s all different to me because I’ve always lived in a city. Love it and it’s nice to breath fresh air for once.
Although I have been to the Lake District many times, I had no idea of the amount of work and dedication that goes into making and looking after each metre of path.
Whilst I’ve always had a huge respect for those that work to maintain National Parks, having now spent two days building nine steps my appreciation and respect for all rangers and volunteers has reached new heights
I took from society for so long, it has pleased me to finally start giving something back.
I felt part of a team, that I was doing something for the environment. I felt useful, helpful and part of something worthwhile as I haven’t felt like that for a long time in my life. This experience will last with me forever and I am taking lots of happy memories away with me. It has inspired me for what kind of volunteering work I would like to do in the future.