What we're doing
The Trust manages the land via a lease agreement with the Lake District National Park Authority. We are working with the local community and interested parties to protect and enhance the ecosystem while respecting its cultural traditions, including farming practices, recognising this is a key aspect of the Lake District World Heritage Site status. Find out more about how this partnership evolved.
About the land
- Glenridding Common sits within the Lake District High Fells Special Area of Conservation. As well as a range of arctic-alpine plants, the area also holds significant stands of juniper scrub woodland, plus a variety of montane and upland heath, grassland and flush communities.
- Some of that plant life now benefits from a Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, introduced by Natural England in 2013 for a period of 10 years, which determines grazing levels at specific times of the year.
- Red Tarn holds a population of schelly, one of England’s rarest species of fish, plus England’s highest population of stickleback.
- Bird life is also rich, with snow bunting found on the high tops in winter, while upland species such as raven, wheatear and ring ouzel all breed here in the summer.
A walking wonderland
Glenridding Common is an area of exceptional beauty and popular destination for walkers. Its wild land qualities includes the summit of Helvellyn, along with Striding Edge (pictured) and Swirral Edge.
Help us take advantage of this incredible opportunity to help one of England's best-loved mountain landscapes flourish. Donate to our Helvellyn Appeal and help support essential conservation work on Helvellyn and across Glenridding Common over the next three years.