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Within Park Management, we have three teams of Rangers. Rangers are responsible for maintaining the public rights of way in the National Park and for managing use of open access land. They play an important role in looking after the National Park, protecting and conserving wildlife and the environment. They provide access opportunities for all to enjoy, now and in the future.

How many rangers are there?

We have 14 rangers and four apprentices and three area managers in three area teams, covering Cumbria (West), Richmondshire (North) and Craven and Lancashire (South). Each team is made up of area rangers, access rangers and apprentices, and, in the south, specialist rangers. The rangers also work alongside a large number of volunteers on a variety of projects. If you would like to be involved, please see our volunteering section. From 1 August 2016 new areas joined the National Park - the Westmorland Dales area close to Kirkby Stephen and the Lune Valley and fells close to Kirkby Lonsdale. If you want to discuss an access issue in one of these areas please contact us using

Area Rangers

The Area Rangers maintain the public rights of way within the National Park. They get involved in many other areas of work. If they can't get involved they will usually be able to provide a link to colleagues who can help. Work with the local communities is an important aspect of their role. They can offer advice and support to many different types of project.

Each Area Ranger also has a "lead role" within the Authority. This helps provide a link between the public and the work of other staff and volunteers. Details of these can be found on their individual pages.

Access Rangers

Our Access Rangers are out in all weathers. They carry out the practical work to keep the rights of way open and easy to use for locals and visitors. They also help with maintenance on Authority-owned property and get involved in conservation work.

The Area Rangers are almost all based in the areas for which they are responsible. This ensures they are easily available as an important point of contact between residents, visitors and the National Park Authority.

Specialist Rangers

The Three Peaks Ranger is an Access Ranger. His work is limited solely to access within the three peaks area of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent. His work is funded through the Three Peaks Project.

The Pennine Way Ranger and Pennine Bridleway Officer are funded by Natural England. As their titles suggest, they are responsible for the upkeep of those long distance routes through the National Park.

All three rangers work closely with both the area and access rangers.

How to contact the rangers

Please contact a ranger if you have any questions regarding rights of way, open access or work within the communities. Contact details are available on the individual ranger pages. Or you can contact us using

Meet the Rangers

Find out about our team of Rangers, what they do and how to get in touch with them.

Ranger projects

Our Rangers get involved with a wide range of practical projects on rights of way, find out more here ...