News from Neil Winder for February 2012

  • Exciting news

    22:18 29 February 2012
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder

    Today marks the beginning of an exciting new venture for the National Trust and the Central & East Lakes Team. We are now the proud owners of the Stickle Barn Tavern in Great Langdale.

    The Tavern is situated next to the National Trust car park near the head of Great Langdale and will, no doubt, become a welcome sight for many walkers returning from a fabulous day`s walking on the Langdale Pikes and surrounding fells. With popular walks to Stickle Tarn, Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle, we hope the Tavern will become the gate way to the Langdales for many.

    Good food, great local ale and a fantastic atmosphere, we hope to welcome our visitors time and time again.

    We will be updating the blog with news from the tavern over the coming weeks. So why not call in and say hello.

  • The Return of `Gallop Girl`

    20:05 29 February 2012
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder

    Running in sync` (pardon the pun), Miranda, our intrepid volunteer is blogging her account of her preparations to take part in the Grasmere Gallop 2012.

    Check out Miranda`s training blog at

    A brilliant read.

    Gallop girl in GG2011

    For more information and online entries please go to
  • Rohan interview

    22:19 20 February 2012
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder

    Neil Winder Area Ranger for Grasmere & Great Langdale has recently been interviewed by outdoor clothing specialists Rohan.
    Paul Russell manager of Rohan Ambleside and author of microview, the popular series on the Rohantime web-site conducted a series of interesting questions to ask Neil about the work of a National Trust Ranger.
    The full interview can be seen by clicking the link below.

  • Grasmere Gallop 2012 Saturday 9th June 2012

    13:05 02 February 2012
    By Roland Wicksteed, Dave Jackson, Dave Almond, James Archer, Neil Winder

    So, here we go again !  The National Trust Grasmere Ranger team are already busy  preparing for GG2012. Thank you to all of you who helped make our relaunch of the Grasmere Gallop in June 2011 such a success. We are really looking forward to welcoming you, and hopefully many others, back in 2012.
    We want to build on the success of last year and make this years event bigger and better. Please click on the link to take you to our gallop home page where you will find more information and our on line entry page. Grab your running shoes and get active, we want to see you on Saturday June 9th, fun for all ages. Come along and help support the fantastic work of the National Trust in this beautiful location.


News from Neil Winder

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Area Ranger-Grasmere and Great Langdale.

Growing up in the Lakes naturally progressed to working in this beautiful area. After studying Countryside management at Newton Rigg College Penrith I spent time volunteering for the RSPB at Leighton Moss Silverdale. These experiences lead to employment with the National Trust whom I’ve been with for over 14 years now.
I’ve worked on the upland footpath team carrying out footpath repairs in the area and as Warden working on countryside estate work like walling, fencing and hedge laying.
As Area Ranger I’m Responsible for planning and coordinating general operations over 7800 Hectares of countryside portfolio.
I love the outdoors, getting out side in my work and also spending time walking with my family.
I’ve been known to enjoy bursts of trail running when my energy levels are high. I also have a passion for electronic music; I was a DJ for many years and hold a qualification in computer music production.