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Newly appointed warden at Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, Ray Cox

A part of the Lake District fondly remembered from childhood holidays with his parents is now home to Ray Cox, the newly appointed warden at Skelwith Fold caravan park near Ambleside.

Ray took on his new role this spring, and will now be closely involved in the running of the multi-award winning 130-acre park set in the grounds of a former country house.

But Ray’s journey to Cumbria from where he grew up in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, has been anything but direct, for his varied holiday industry career has taken him far and wide.

It has included five years spent running an exclusive tourist lodge in East Africa, located five thousand feet up on a remote coffee plantation in Tanzania.

Back in Britain, with his wife Fiona, he has also held warden positions at holiday parks in Southern Scotland and North Lancashire.

At Skelwith Fold, Ray will take special responsibility for helping guests using the park’s 450-pitches which include many privately-owned caravan holiday homes.

Skelwith Fold director Henry Wild said he was delighted to be able to welcome to his staff team somebody of Ray’s calibre and experience.

He brings to the park, said Henry, a sound knowledge of the holiday parks industry and, just as importantly, a concern to help protect the natural environment of Skelwith Fold.

The business has been praised by botanist David Bellamy for its raft of initiatives to help safeguard wildlife, and holds Professor Bellamy’s prestigious conservation award at its top gold level.

A former catamaran racer, Ray says he is looking forward to taking on a number of new challenges in the Lake District, including fell-walking and mountain biking.

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