Nine job vacancies to work outdoors on the Lakeland fells this year have attracted almost 1,000 applications – including some from abroad.

Nearly 1,000 people applied for National Trust posts on the Lakeland fells in Ambleside, Coniston, Wasdale and Keswick.

Joanne Backshall, Fix the Fells programme manager, said “We have had people apply from all walks of life and applications from people as far as Germany wanting to work in our beautiful fells.

“The posts were also advertised on Facebook and I was totally surprised to see 216,000 hits on the site.”

Applicants have come from all areas of the UK and abroad for the jobs offered through the National Trust. All involve hard physical work, maintaining and repairing some of the 700 most popular paths on the Lakeland fells. From a total of 982 applicants, the Keswick posts attracted 402, Coniston 246, Ambleside 209 and Wasdale 125.