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First Keswick Mountain Festival

The first Keswick Mountain Festival is a great success – in spite of the weather!


For those of you who think it always rains in the Lake District, we have to admit it does rain quite a lot! There were some dry intervals during the five-day festival in Keswick, and nothing seemed to stop people from having a great time.


The pictures are of Jim Reid’s guided walk on part of his ‘Tour of the Lake District’ route between Buttermere and Keswick, and during his talk in the Moot Hall. To find out what Sarah (our Sales and Marketing Manager) thought of the guided walk along part of the Tour of the Lake District route, from Buttermere to Keswick, click here!



Most of the guided walks taking place were booked to near capacity, and those who preferred to stay warm and dry found the range of lectures, films and seminars of a very high quality. Speakers ranged from world-renowned climbers such as Sir Chris Bonington, Simon Yates, Alan Hinkes and Andy Cave to local chefs encouraging us all to cook better camp food, and talks on the local wildlife and flora of the area. Our very own new author Jim Reid gave a packed audience a taste of walking around The Tour of the Lake District, which seemed to go down very well – or was it the wine beforehand that helped?



There were ‘come and try sessions’ for Backpacking, navigation, GPS techniques, orienteering and climbing, even dry stone walling and slacklining – whatever that is!

Thanks to everyone who organised the festival and contributed in any way. We were proud to be sponsors of the festival, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, and we hope you will next year!
Next years festival will be 14th -18th May 2008.

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