Lake District National Trust
The National Trust in the Lake District and Cumbria is the most important single organisation protecting and preserving the natural beauty of the Lake District and surrounding areas.
Currently in the hands of the National Trust there are over 248,000 hectares or if you are like me 612,000 acres of countryside, over 300 historic buildings, plus gardens which offer a range of visitor facilities, including car parking, restaurants and shops, whilst not forgetting 600 miles of coastline.
One of the great co-founders of the National Trust was Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley, who lived in the Lake District and became its first secretary (Castlerigg Stone Circle was purchased by Canon Hardwicke Rawsley in 1913 for the National Trust) along with co-founders Miss Octavia Hill and Sir Robert Hunter in 1895. The first property of this kind was Brandelhow Park, on the shores of Derwent Water.
Lake District National Trust
Should you be out walking or hiking within the Lake District there is a good possibility you will be on National Trust land, as around one quarter of the Lake District National Park, which includes over 36,000 hectares (90,000 acres). The National Trust also owns Buttermere, Crummock Water, Loweswater, and large sections of Derwent Water, Ullswater and Rydal. Wast Water, another trust owned lake is also the deepest lake, with the mountains of Scafell Pike being the highest in England, Great Gable, the Langdales, and Great Mell Fell are also in their trust.
Camping in the Lake District.
With the National Trust owning so much land within the Lake District, there is also the great opportunity of camping out on the Trusts designated camp sites such as Low Wray, Wasdale and Great Langdale and you can easily check for availability and bookings on the National Trust website.
Some of the most popular Lake District properties are;
Beatrix Potter Gallery, located at Hawkshead.
Fell Foot Park, located at Windermere.
Hill Top (home of Beatrix Potter, where many of her famous books where written) Near Sawrey.
Steam Gondola, located at Coniston Water.
Sizergh Castle, located near Kendal.
Stagshaw Gardens, a woodland garden, created by Cubby Acland, with some delightful walks and access to the nearby fells.
Townend, located at Troutbeck, which is a great place to visit with a wealth of family history.
Wordsworth’s House, located at Cockermouth.
Support the Lake District National Trust
The Lake District National Trust is a registered charity and rely on the generosity of its members and supporters. Family memberships are availably whilst this then allows free admission into all its properties, along with other benefits. Supporting the trust and being a member, you are helping to protect our heritage and saving the landscape for generations to come.
Five million pounds needs to be raised to repair 145 footpaths in the Lake District, visit Fix The Fells to find out more and make a donation. This initiative is supported by the National Trust, Lake District National Park, Nature Lakeland and Natural England to name but a few.
Please support the Lake District National Trust.