Welcome to the Friends of The Lake District website

Latest News:

New Director for the Friends
We have a new Director, Douglas Chalmers. Douglas joins the Friends from the CLA (The Country Land and Business Association), where he had been Northern Director of Policy and Public Affairs since 2012.
A Manifesto for the landscape of Cumbria
We have launched an election manifesto calling on all political parties to unite in developing better environmental policies to create healthier landscapes for all, prosperous rural communities and increased funding for the countryside in Cumbria.


Cross Bay Walk

Walk across the stunning Morecambe Bay and fundraise to protect the beautiful landscapes of Cumbria in this unique 8 mile sponsored walk.

Free landscape training available for outdoor leaders
Outdoor instructors are being offered the chance to learn more about Cumbria's upland ecology and the pressures of outdoor users on our landscape, wildlife and habitats in a series of free events this summer.

Blencathra update
We understand Friends of Blencathra have secured the mountain in principle and look forward to the completion of the sale and look forward to working with them in future.


Rural skills to be showcased at Staveley Walling Competition
Our annual dry stone walling competition takes place at Dovedale, Moss Side, Crook Road, Staveley, LA8 9NG on Saturday 9th May.

Kirkby Moor windfarm "repowering" - please help
A planning application for a renewal, and increasing the height of the Kirkby Moor windfarm has been submitted. Currently consisting of 12 x 45m tall turbines, the new proposal is for 6 x 115m turbines.

Statement on land sales by the Lake District National Park, including Stickle Tarn  Following the concerns of the public and some members about the sale of land by the Lake District National Park, we submitted an expression of interest to purchase Stickle Tarn.

Fencing Proposals at Thirlmere update
The Planning Inspectorate has called in the application by United Utilities for a 10km fence on the fells above Thirlmere. The application will now go to public inquiry. Thank you to everyone that wrote in.

New grant scheme to help people discover and enjoy Cumbria
Landscape charity Friends of the Lake District and Natural England have just announced the new 'Discover Cumbria' grant scheme.
coniston-fcd-rhododendron-bashers-th Support needed to protect Cumbria's Fells
We are launching our 2015 'Fell Care Days'. We hope to run four Fell Care Days in 2015 - with your help.
Landscapes for everyone: creating a better future
We are attending the launch in Parliament today of CPRE's 'Landscapes for Everyone' vision where we will meet MPs and discuss the importance of Cumbria's landscape for both people and the natural environment.
bee-hotel Give a piece of the Lake District this year!
Our newest landscape gift is a Bee Hotel. Give a bee B&B to help wild flowers and plants. You can also help a haymeadow, plant a native tree, rebuild a dry stone wall, or repair an eroded footpath.
pylon in foreground coastal plain National Grid upgrade consultation ends
Read our response to National Grid's consultation here. Thanks to everyone who took the time to write to National Grid, and to donate to our campaign.

Upcoming Events

Wed 29 Apr Conservation Day Woodland work, Greenbank Wood

Fri 1 May Leaders' Landscape Training session: 'Three Peaks Visitor and Land Management' Wasdale. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more details.

Sat 9 May 2015 Annual Dry Stone Walling Competition
Watch the wallers in action at Moss Side, near Staveley. Free entry.
Contact Ruth This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Sun 10 May Meet the Ponies
The Helm, Oxenholme. Come and meet the Fell ponies who are helping look after our land. 2 – 4pm. Free.

Thu 14 May Conservation Day Walling, the Helm

Mon 18 May Conservation Day
Walling Mazonwath, Little Asby

Wed 27 May Conservation Day
General workparty, High Borrowdale

Sat 30 May Annual General Meeting - Watermillock Village Hall. Guided tours and walks in the morning.

For more events click here

If you would like to find out more about our activities or take part, please contact us, call 01539 720788 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Our 2015 volunteer leaflet with conservation work party dates is online. See What's On for details.

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Windermere Debris Dive pulls a shipping container of rubbish from lake Windermere
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