Over this winter we will be closing off our South Car Park – why have we done this?

1431746668940-184325Over winter our visitor numbers significantly drop and so there is no need for a second car park. The north car park will continue to be open, and we will still open up the south at peak times, for example on Saturday mornings when we welcome Park Run to Fell Foot. There will be a sign in the North car park advising on whether the South is open or closed, meaning you don’t need to drive down to find out.

 Most weekends over winter we will also have a member of staff working at our visitor welcome in the north car park. We aim to better welcome and engage with our visitors and supporters, tourists and locals, with a consistent familiar face to welcome you on each visit to Fell Foot.

 If you’re part of an outdoor user group which uses Fell Foot for kayaking, canoeing, swimming, etc. or need accessibility advice then please give us a call on 01539531273 or email fellfoot@nationaltrust.org.uk before your visit. We can arrange for access to the south car park for pre-booked groups and advise on accessibility.

 

Fell Foot Local Neighbourhood Drop-in Invite

We would like to invite you along to our next Local Neighbourhood Drop-in session in the Boathouse Café at Fell Foot between 3.30 and 5.30pm on Wednesday 2nd November. This is another opportunity to pop in to get an update on developments in the Fell Foot Project, talk with the staff, ask questions and a chance for us to feedback on any quieries raised at the last drop-in session in June.

We look forward to seeing you at Fell Foot on the 2nd November. Please be aware there is no lighting at this time of year from the carparks down to the café, so it is advisable to bring a torch if you are leaving towards the end of the session.

Best wishes,

Kelley

Kelley Sproston-Heath, Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer for South East Cumbria & Morecambe Bay

kelley.sprostonheath@nationaltrust.org.uk    Fell Foot Park, Tel: 015395 31273

Fell Foot Family ‘Muck-in’ Day

 

Did you know there used to be a grand villa at Fell Foot, where the house lawn is today? It was sadly demolished in the early 20th Century. We want to enhance all that makes Fell Foot special through giving it a new lease of life. Over the next few years we are restoring the original arboretum, landscape, gardens and pathways across the park.

Do you fancy giving us a hand with ‘historic restoration in action’? The whole family can muck in with practical, hands-on jobs that we will be working on, from traditional gardening maintenance to bulb planting.

Old image

 

Come and join the Fell Foot team on Saturday 24th September from 10.30 – 3pm. Please let Kelley know if you want to join in kelley.sprostonheath@nationaltrust.org.uk. Bring suitable footwear, outdoor clothing, a packed lunch and we provide workgloves and tools.

Community News

June 2016 – Fell Foot Community News

We launched a new staff structure at Fell Foot earlier this year, and hopefully you are starting to see some of the benefits of having a newly dedicated gardens team. They have been doing lots of garden restoration work in the grounds with the support of our volunteers.

volunteers

 

You may have noticed that some preparatory works have started on site for the future watersports facilities. We have created a temporary boat park in the north field to house the boats whilst works are ongoing. This has also involved creating an access track into the north field, which will eventually be the carpark serving the new watersports facilities.

 

We had a really busy half term and bank holiday and we have been working with the local police to try to manage the parking situation out on the main road. They did issue cones on the most dangerous sections at the start of the week, however we are aware that by the end of the week many of them had been moved. Police did come out to ticket cars on the last weekend. We have discussed with the Police about them putting up some official signage on the worst sections of road outside Fell Foot, so hopefully these will be in place by the summer holidays.

 

Ranger staff, National Trust volunteers and Parkrunners worked really hard together at the start of May to sort out the ongoing drainage problem at the access gate to the south meadow. They have done a fantastic job to make a quagmire into something far more accessible – we just need to see if it stands up to the amount of rain we had last winter now!

 

 

As part of National Volunteer Week, childen from Leven Valley Primary School came to volunteer at Fell Foot for the day. They helped us with all sorts of things, from practical gardening and litter picking, to surveying the wildflower meadow and trialling a Junior Parkrun. It was a really hot a day and they did so well. A big thank you from all the team at Fell Foot!

leven valley volunteering

 

Whilst we are fundraising for new equipment for our very popular adventure playground, the team have also been building a natural wildplay area. We have had some great feedback so far – why don’t you come and have a go to test your balancing skills….

 

What’s coming up this Summer?

If you are up for a bit of an adventure, join us over the weekends in the summer holidays for wild camping at Fell Foot on the shores of Windermere. This is a rare opportunity to pitch your tent in a beautiful spot. We have our evening bat walks starting at 8.30pm on the Thursday 18th and 25th August (£5 pp). We also have the annual ‘All England Stone Skimming Championships on Saturday 20th August (visit http://www.scrt.co.uk for entry details). Spaces are limited on all events so we suggest you book early to avoid disappointment – 01539531273 or fellfoot@nationaltrust.org.uk.

view from the boat

 

If you require any more information or want to find out about other ways you can get involved at Fell Foot then please do give me a shout. We look forward to seeing you at Fell Foot over the summer,

 

Best wishes,

Kelley

Kelley Sproston-Heath, Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer – kelley.sprostonheath@nationaltrust.org.uk

Invite – Fell Foot Local Neighbourhood Drop-in

 

Invite – Fell Foot Local Neighbourhood Drop-in

 

We would like to invite you along to a Local Neighbourhood Drop-in session in the boathouse café at Fell Foot between 6 and 7.30pm on Thursday 16th June. This is an opportunity to pop in to get an update on developments in the Fell Foot Project, talk with the staff, ask questions and a chance for us to feedback on any quieries raised at the last drop-in session at the church hall.

We look forward to seeing you at Fell Foot on the 16th June,

Best wishes,

Kelley

Kelley Sproston-Heath, Volunteering & Community Involvement Officer for South East Cumbria & Morecambe Bay

kelley.sprostonheath@nationaltrust.org.uk    Fell Foot Park, Tel: 015395 31273

 

 

 

Internship Opportunity

This is an exciting time to get involved with us as we are embarking on the development of a major project to establish Fell Foot as an all year round, flagship outdoor destination for the National Trust. We are entering a crucial development phase, where we have teamed up with Sport England to put Fell Foot on the map as an entry level outdoor sport destination, a place where you can safely experience a wide variety of sports before taking your newly learnt skills into the wider Lake District. We have an Internship opportunity starting in June – here is a link to find out more and/or apply  http://bit.ly/1SYlfPa . The 6 month/part-time Sport Development Intern will be working outdoors on the edge of Lake Windermere to help with hands-on delivery of an exciting and innovative sports offer for the summer holidays 2016. They will also plan, design, promote and deliver a Community Sports Day event in the Autumn.

 

Please do get in touch with our Volunteer & Community Involvement Officer, Kelley for more info or to discuss the opportunity –  kelley.sprostonheath@nationaltrust.org.uk . (Closing date 25th May/ Interview date 2nd June)