Fell Care Days are mass-volunteering practical conservation and learning events which bring together local communities, schools and volunteers from many different walks of life. They focus on reconnecting people with the landscape by raising awareness of the immense value of uplands in providing diverse and unique habitats; food and fuel; clean water; flood control; jobs; locking up carbon in peat soils; opportunities for recreation and improving our health and well-being to name but a few. The days are filled with a sense of shared purpose, fun, camaraderie and most importantly, lots of cake to help fuel volunteers through their tasks!

Videos of some of the activities undertaken at our Fell Care Events

FELL CARE DAYS 2018:

Thirlmere Fell Care Day – Sunday 23rd September

Duddon Fell Care Day – Thursday 8th November

Fell Care Day Statistics:

Overall summary 2011-2017

Friends of the Lake District has organised 17 Fell Care Days in six years in 15 locations

  • 2011 – Helvellyn & Ennerdale
  • 2012 – Ullswater & Windermere
  • 2013 – Borrowdale & Grange over Sands
  • 2014 – Coniston & Grasmere
  • 2015 – Wasdale, Blencathra & Eden
  • 2016 – Keswick, Glenridding & Patterdale, Rusland
  • 2017 – Keswick, Grasmere & Eskdale

The 17 Fell Care Days completed so far have involved:

  • 2417 volunteers (1550 adults, 867 children and students)
  • 171 separate tasks
  • completing 1655 days’ work in the fells

Just some of the achievements to date:

  • 50,133 m2 woodland work including coppicing, clearing non-native regeneration and tree planting.
  • Over 2,000 oak, birch, hawthorn, dogwood, alder ,willow planted.
  • 326 tree cages removed.
  • Over 200m dry stone walling,
  • Over 320km of path creation and maintenance,
  • 43 Fix the Fells drain runs clearing drains.
  • red grouse, red squirrel, fungi, dormouse surveys, invertebrate and river surveys
  • invasive rhododendron clearance,
  • willow wildlife hide building (x3),
  • 16 litter picks – 7 canoeing, 1 diving and 8 shore based,
  • 100m hedge laid.
  • 97 bird & bat boxes
  • 3 bridges built
  • 5500 native snowdrops & daffodils bulbs planted.
  • 1,000 hay meadow plug plants planted

And 3694 pieces of cake have been donated to fuel our volunteers!

Images from our 2017 Fell Care Day at Eskdale...

“Hard work, amazing views, warm, kind people, fixing the fells and cakes!  What more could you ask for, an amazing day. I will definitely be coming again.”

Rachel Brine, Marketing Manager’ Equip Outdoor Technologies UK Ltd

“I really enjoyed it. It was an excellent experience and I’m sure everyone else would agree. It also felt good to know we were giving something back to the local community as well as the countryside.”

Kiran Burgul, Public Service Student, Lakes College West Cumbria


For further information about Fell Care Days, please contact [email protected] 

The Fell Care Days 2018 are sponsored by HF Holidays.

Sarah Davis from HF Holidays said: "We are once again thrilled to be supporting Friends of the Lake District’s Fell Care Days this September and November, for the second consecutive year. We’re passionate about supporting the places where our guests walk and ensuring that future visitors to the area enjoy the stunning landscapes."

Guests from the walking holiday company, HF Holidays, make donations to its Pathways Fund, which in turn are used to support projects like the Fell Care Days to protect and enhance the Lake District for all visitors to enjoy.

Outdoor lovers looking to enjoy a walking holiday can find out more information by visiting www.hfholidays.co.uk