A mass-volunteering event where 100+ people squeeze into a village hall for tea and coffee before going out to take part in conservation tasks then returning tired, dirty but full of a sense of satisfaction to share cake, more tea and tales of a day well spent??? Not going to happen in these Covid-blighted times is it?

BUT, never daunted here at Friends of the Lake District, we have found a way to have our Fell Care Day, albeit in an alternative way to usual. 

So, what won’t be happening this year? 

  • Activities won’t be centred on one specific location. We will be working in lots of different, beautiful places, right across the Lake District and Cumbria.
  • We won’t have a ‘hub’ for the day where everyone meets before and after *boo*
  • Groups will be limited to smaller sizes than usual.
  • We won’t be able to offer car sharing between members of different households.
  • We won’t be able to share communal cake at a hub *sob*

But what will be happening this year? 

  • We’ll still be running a whole host of great conservation and learning activities.
  • We will be making a difference to looking after, protecting and learning about these incredibly special landscapes.
  • We will be creating a ‘social media takeover’ with live video and photos of the day.
  • We’ll be taking all necessary steps to ensure participation in all activities is Covid-secure.
  • We’ll be asking you to bring your own gloves where they’re necessary for a task.
  • We WILL be finding a way to provide cake at your chosen activity *yay!*

 So let’s get stuck in!

Here’s the list of all the brilliant volunteering opportunities at the Alternative Fell Care Day. Get yourself signed up for the activity that appeals to you. Numbers are limited on each task so places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Task Activity

Task Information

Min / Max No

1. Planted Tree Aftercare

With stunning views over Grasmere! Re-staking, removing redundant stakes guards, replanting if required and clearing redundant tree tubes

Sorry - FULL

Gillside, GRASMERE

Time: 9:30am - 2pm

Grade: Moderate (steep and uneven, bracken-covered ground)

Age: 18+ 


2. Tree Planting and Tree Maintenance

At our land at High Borrowdale, described by Wainwright as “the most beautiful valley outside the Lake District” (although it is now within the Lake District National Park).

Sorry - FULL

HIGH BORROWDALE, between Kendal and Shap

Time: 9:45am - 3:30pm

Grade: Moderate. There is a 30 minute walk in/out on a rough track and we will be working partly on slopes.

Age: 16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)

2 x groups of 6

3. Woodland Management

Thinning birch and removing holly regeneration. Magical woodland. Beautiful views. Happy state of mind guaranteed.

Sorry - FULL

How's Wood, ESKDALE

Time: 10:30am - 3pm

Grade: Moderate (uneven, boggy or stony covered ground)

Age: 16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)


4.  Ullswater Litter Pick

Help to clear up discarded debris around this beautiful lake. Including a trip on the Ullswater Steamer to begin and end your journey.

Sorry - FULL


Time: 10am - 4pm

Grade: Moderate (uneven,  stony covered ground)

Age: 16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)


5.  Path Creation

Dig out the stream to create and improve a fell side path on this fabulous, traditionally run Lakeland Farm. Playing about in water with spades; bringing out the child in you!

Sorry - FULL

Swinside Fell, LORTON

Time: 10am - 3pm

Grade: Moderate. Working on sloping ground.

Age: 18+


6. Fire and Feasting

Come down to the woods for a stepwise approach to making fire from starting with fire triangle and understanding how fire works to building and lighting fires from a wide range of lighters; firesteel strikers, charcloth / mushrooms / other tinders, flint and steel, fire lays,  bowdrill (fire by friction). Simple knife safety and skills. Then it's time for some campfire cooking!

Sorry - FULL

Mike's Wood, STAVELEY

Time: 10am - 3pm

Grade: Easy and graduating to hard

Age: 12+ (Under 18 accompanied by an adult)


7. Tree Maintenance and Vegetation Clearance

On this special piece of land close to Kendal but with glorious views over the Lakes.

Sorry - FULL

The Helm near KENDAL

Time: 10am - 3pm

Grade: Moderate

Age: 16+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)


8. Lake District Geology: Rocks and glacial history of Mid-Borrowdale, Keswick.

A fabulous, informative day where you'll gain a better understanding of what makes the Lake District landscape so special.

Sorry - FULL

BORROWDALE, Derwentwater

Time: 9:30am - 4pm

Grade: Moderate to hard. There may be some off-path tramping. Participants should be confident on fells and slopes.

Age: 18+


9. Walk and litter pick up Crosby Ravensworth Fell

Taking in panoramic views, pre historic settlements, cairns and stone circles on this fabulous common.

Sorry - FULL



Time: 10am - 3pm

Grade: Moderate 

Age: 12+ (under 18 accompanied by an adult)


We'll also be broadcasting a live online presentation via Zoom on the evening of 5th November which you are also welcome to attend. Please sign up using the book button below if you are interested and we will email you links and instructions for joining the session nearer the time. 

Dark Skies VIRTUAL Talk

Learn about the value of Dark Skies, the growing issues of the impacts of light pollution on wildlife, people and the environment, and what we’re doing to help tackle the issue.

The presentation from the Cumbria Dark Skies Project Officer, Jack Ellerby, will highlight relevant research and good practice to show how planners/design professionals, businesses and home owners can help tackle the growing problem of light pollution.

Eden and South Lakeland are the third and eight darkest Districts in England with some of the best night skies in the north of England…. Now if the time to - Think Big, Act Fast and Make a Difference Together!


Time: 7pm - 8pm

Grade: n/a

Age: Any age

No max

*Important Notes

  • Full joining details for the activity you have booked on will be emailed to you a few days beforehand.
  • Covid-19 Guidance. If you are feeling unwell in the days prior to 5th November or have been in contact with anyone suspected of having Covid-19 please do not attend on the day.
  • Please do not book onto the event if you live in a Tier 3 area. Current government advice is against leaving the Tier 3 area other than for things like work or education.

We would like to thank the European Outdoor Conservation Association and Smartwool Socks for sponsoring our Fell Care Day 2020 – The Alternative.


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