Our Rangers

Four teams of National Trust rangers work in all weathers on Fix the Fells and are highly skilled. The practical work is also supported by the Lake District National Park Authority with a ranger in the north and through the volunteer lengthsmen scheme.

Since the early 1980s, the teams have evolved into a highly skilled workforce. To build a sustainable path and recreate a natural landscape, team members must be part craftsperson and part artist.  Teams often visit other areas where similar work is undertaken and adapt ideas to the Lake District environment. They also share their skills with other areas who wish to learn more about our work.

 

Meet The Team!


Ade Mills

Upland Ranger

I've a keen interest in wildlife and conservation, and of course the great outdoors. After volunteering for the RSPB and the National Trust at Arnside & Silverdale, I spent two years working on the National Trust's Farne Islands and then on a Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust Nature Reserve. I've worked as one of the Upland Ranger Team repairing the footpaths in the Central & Eastern Fells ever since.

 

 


Sarah Anderson

Upland Ranger

Having travelled the world I am yet to find anywhere that holds my attention like the Lake District. Such a beautiful, interesting and diverse landscape I consider myself very fortunate to be a part of a team that works in this special upland area.

 

 

 


Nick Petrie

Upland Ranger

A passion for the countryside and a love of the Lake District led me to switch careers. After an initial period of volunteering to gain experience I started working for the National Trust in 2007 and thoroughly enjoy it!

 

 

 


Pete Entwistle

Ranger Supervisor

Responsible for supervising upland path repairs and maintenance for the National Trust in the Central and Eastern Fells.

My interest in the outdoors and walking in the Lakes goes back to spending every weekend as a child walking with my parents up one mountain or another, by the time I was 10 I'd probably been up every mountain in the Lakes.

I've also have a keen interest in the environment and spend many hours photographing wildlife.


Joe Bagnall

Ranger Supervisor 

Having grown up in the Lake District I have always wanted the opportunity to work and live in the area. I have a keen interest in the history of the Lake District and enjoy working to preserve that heritage and the natural landscape around it.

Ranger Supervisor of the Upland Team for Coniston and South Lakes we are responsible for maintaining and repairing the paths around Coniston, we also do a lot of erosion control and estate work in the area.


Iain Gray

Upland Ranger

Since joining the Trust at a young age in the previous century my sphere of activity has been extensive and peculiar, from the Sisyphean task of repairing the path to scafell pike from Wasdale head to ceremonial piping. 

 

 


Iain Gray - Upland Ranger

Richard Fox

Fix the Fells Ranger

My role is to organise and oversee the practical work programme for Fix the Fells. This is done to the highest standards by utilizing the skills and enthusiasm of the National Trust Upland Ranger teams, National Park field staff and a dedicated group of Fix the Fells volunteers.

I’ve enjoyed the fells all my life, both on foot and bicycle. I’ve seen first hand the gradual deterioration of fell paths since the 1970s, and really enjoyed being part of the solution since the 1990s. I strongly believe that we should look after the Lake District properly for future generations to enjoy, and not simply exploit and despoil it by ignoring the damage that we all inadvertently cause.

 


Richard Fox - Upland Ranger

Rob Clarke

Upland Ranger


Many years looking out of an office window in Bristol inspired me to move to the Lakes and volunteer for the National Trust. This turned into a job with the South Lakes upland path team before taking up my current post at High Wray Basecamp, the full time volunteer centre. I guess that makes my specialisms upland path work and working with volunteers .... 

 


Rob Clarke

Leo Walmsley

Upland Ranger

Having grown up in the Langdale valley I have many interests in the outdoors and spend as much of my own time within the hills as I do whilst working to maintain their beauty.

 

 


Leo Walmsley

Ben Brady

Upland Ranger

South Lakes

 


 

Luke Sherwen

Upland Ranger

Hi, I spent my childhood living in the Lake district, exploring the rivers and mountains as I grew up. I recently returned to the area after having traveled and lived in other parts of the UK. It is great to be back walking the Lakes with a pick and shovel repairing and maintaining the upland footpaths.
 


Luke Sherwen

Sam Corran

Upland Ranger

West Lakes

 


Jon Lavender

Upland Ranger

West Lakes

 


 
 

Joe Cornforth

Ranger Supervisor

The Lake District is a truly inspirational place with breathtaking scenery wherever you turn… and it has been my playground all my life.

I am the upland ranger in North West lakes, covering Borrowdale, Buttermere, and Ennerdale. I am responsible for supervising volunteer groups, repairing and maintaining over thirty six paths and also helping in the valley (walling, hedging, fencing etc). “How lucky you are” is a very regular comment as walkers pass our work sites. It does not always feel that way though, when you are wet through and battered by the winds, it feels like hard work! Yet still, I am blessed to work in such a beautiful place helping to conserve the local heritage I love.

Joe Cornforth

Liam Prior

Ranger Supervisor

I’m delighted to join the Western Lakes Upland Team and get to know this stunning part of the UK a lot better. I’ve worked and travelled across the UK and some beautiful parts of the world but am happy where I’ve landed.

I enjoy camping and walking, which seems lucky with the job I have. I’m looking forward to working with a wide range of people and picking up a few tricks along the way.

 

Ted Everitt-Stewart

Upland Ranger

North Lakes

 

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