Over the last 100 years, the National Trust has become owner and protector of over a quarter of the Lake District National Park. Much of the central Lakes, where you will find many of our properties, are in the care of the Trust.
As the guardian not only of historic buildings but of the landscape itself, the Trust has to balance the needs of the countryside with those of its many visitors.
But caring for this living landscape, its footpaths and dry stone walls, its buildings, wildlife and ancient woodlands, is very costly!
At Heart of the Lakes, we know that many of you share our passion for this wonderful, unspoilt area and our concern for its preservation. So you will be heartened to know that by holidaying with us, you are supporting important conservation work.
"The National Trust is extremely grateful to 'Heart of the Lakes' for their generous and long-term support for the conservation work in the Lake District. The innovative scheme (Our Man at the Top) not only raises money directly for vital work but also encourages other organisations to support our efforts to maintain this beautiful but delicate landscape."
John Atkinson, Project Manager, The National Trust
One of the greatest pleasures in the Lake District is walking the fells. Inevitably, all those feet take their toll on the landscape and dedicated teams have to be employed to maintain the miles of footpaths. To help fund this vital repair work, we created the innovative 'Our Man at the Top' project, under which, the sum of £1 was donated from every week booked with Heart of the Lakes (see booking form).
So successful was the scheme that from 2005, the figure was upped to £2. As you enjoy the unique Lakeland landscape, you know that together with Heart of the Lakes, you are playing a crucial part in conserving its fragile beauty.
With added £2 matched support from Heritage Lottery Funding, we at Heart of the Lakes, are now contributing around £50,000 per year to this vital work.
Some of our regular guests often make an additional contribution to the 'Our Man at the Top' project. If you wish to do the same, simply send us a cheque made out to - Heart of the Lakes 'Our Man at the Top'.
Should you wish to find out what 'Our Man at the Top' is up to, just ask after his whereabouts at our Ambleside office. You will be able to see his work first hand and discuss its importance with him.
"The support we receive from 'Heart of the Lakes' is fundamental for us. Over the years Peter and Sue's commitment, and the support of their customers, has raised thousands of pounds for Upland Path repair work.Thank you all very much, and here's to the future!"
We want you to make the most of your holiday and are sure you will enjoy 'Fresh Air is Free', a mini-guide we have written in conjunction with Nurture Lakeland. 'Fresh Air is Free' gives you lots of ideas for car-free days in the immediate area so you can become more carbon friendly, save money and give your car a holiday too…you'll be amazed what's just around the corner, so stay local and enjoy the freedom and relaxation of a car-free day out.
Full 'Fresh Air is Free' details will be available in your cottage.
We hope you enjoy 'Fresh Air is Free' which has been funded by the Lake District National Park's Sustainable Development Fund. Nurture Lakeland is a registered charity No. 1130453.