Ambleside Festival of the Fells

Thursday 21st September 2017 to Sunday 24th September 2017 - This event has finished

Ambleside Festival of the Fells

Time: From Midday Thurs
Organiser: Ambleside Together
Town: Ambleside
County: Cumbria

The second Ambleside Festival of the Fells will feature guided walking for all abilities, swimming and scrambling, while celebrating the landscape, culture, history and outdoor activity of the town at the heart of the Lake District. There will be talks by celebrities of the outdoor world, live music and classic outdoor action films. The inaugural event last year was a great success and generated £250,000 of additional revenue for Ambleside.

The festival begins on Thursday evening at 7pm at the Golden Rule in Ambleside with a talk by Wendy Dodds, entitled Forty Years on the Fells. Then from 9pm at The Lily Bar there’ll be Soul and Funk with DJ Shark le Funk.

The new Triple Spine Lakeland Challenge starts on Friday 22nd with a three-day charity walk over three Lakeland spines. These total 66 miles with 17,300 feet of ascent and 33 Wainwright summits. Day one is Ambleside-Threlkeld, The Hard Way. Day two is the Triple Spine walk from Brocvum to Gala – A Roman Highway and day three is Ambleside to Keswick: the Bog Hop.

Also on the Friday is a guided walk on the Fairfield Horseshoe, part one of a Nordic walking course, town centre history walks, a guided Loughrigg walk, several guided wild swims and wild swimming taster sessions and festival poet John Phoenix Hutchinson will be performing all day at the Market Cross. There will also be Awesome Cycling Stories told by Pat Coldwell, a Workout Warriors FBX class and talks by Alan Hinckes (K2) and Alan and Terry Abraham, Ashley Cooper and Mark Hatton.

On Saturday 23rd there will be guided tours including one of Coniston Coppermine Valley and guided walks over Scandale, Loughrigg Fell and round Ambleside. In addition there will be part two of the Nordic walking course, an electric biking ride, live music, craft fair, food market and earthworm kitchen, a dog walk, followed by a dog show and dog agility, a Kettlercise workout, films at Zefferelli’s, and talks by Simon Yates, Andy Beck, Mark Richards, Craig Mathieson and Sarah Anderson.

Sunday offers abseiling, guided walks over the Langdale Pikes, a trail race up Wansfell and back, ghyll scrambling, a car pull up Kirkstone, a Rydal Ramble for wheelchair users riding in Freedom Wizard chairs and a charity duck race. The festival finale will be a comedy evening.

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