Cumbria Live’s guide to Keswick Mountain Festival 2016
Published on: Wednesday 18th May 2016
The Keswick Mountain Festival returns from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 May, with around 20,000 visitors expected to attend the four-day event.
Speakers such as Julia Bradbury and James Cracknell line up alongside world-renowned bands Bjorn Again, Scouting for Girls and Toploader at this 10th anniversary celebration, which also features its largest-ever programme of outdoor events.
Running from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 May, there are activities taking place in and around Keswick to suit all abilities, while the live music, trade stalls and speaker programmes are centred around the Theatre by the Lake and the neighbouring Crow Park, on the shores of Derwentwater.
Cumbria Live has picked out a selection of fun activities for visitors of all abilities.
Five fun activities for families and novices
Stand up Paddle Boarding, Derwentwater
The latest craze in fun fitness, stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing watersports in the UK. The rider stands up on a long, wide board, using a paddle to move through the water. It’s low impact, fun and a great way to improve fitness and strength in the upper body, core and legs.
Catamaran Sailing, Derwentwater
Another fun activity, catamaran sailing is a great sport you can try at any exertion level. Whether you want to gently cruise or race across the lake, you’ll be having a ball and toning your entire body without even realising.
Julia’s Borrowdale Walk
Join Countryfile star Julia Bradbury for a gorgeous walk from Rosthwaite to Castle Cragg, with beautiful views over Derwentwater. The first walk will start with a meet and greet with Julia, and the atmosphere is sure to be great, with money from ticket sales going towards the Lake District Flood Appeal.
Moonlight Canoeing, Derwentwater
Enjoy a unique canoeing experience on Derwent water. Beginning in the evening, as dusk falls the glow sticks come out and riders glide through the water. A fire is waiting on the shore, along with hot chocolate and marshmallows to rewards the evening’s efforts.
Hike Blencathra by Moonlight
Climb Blencathra by the Halls Fell Ridge as the sun sets, then cross the summit plateau under starlight, before descending through the night over Blease Fell. It may sound a challenge but the scramble can be made as simple or difficult as required and has been ranked as ‘Easy’ by the festival.
Five adventures for the experienced outdoor enthusiasts
The entire route is on open roads with a number of steep descents, blind corners, moving and stationary vehicles and multiple accesses to private and commercial properties. An 800m swim is followed by a 36km cycle and a 10km trail run.
Via Ferrata: Xtreme
A system of metal ladders, rungs and the longest known wire bridge in Europe, take you up the side of a mountain, with spectacular and mesmerizing views and challenges along the way.
Indoor Ice Climbing
Ascend a vertical wall of real ice, battling gravity with the aid of ice axes and crampons, whilst resisting -8C temperatures. A truly memorable physical and mental challenge requiring skill, trust and perseverance, rewarding with pride and a feeling of accomplishment.
Salomon Ultra 50k
The ultra marathon trail race is graded "very hard" for a reason: you do not need to be an elite runner to compete, but you must have completed a marathon distance at least over hilly terrain and technical paths before entering.
Back O' Skiddaw Sportive
The 70km cycle race takes you on a fantastic circuit to the quieter side of the Lake District National Park, and provides an exhilarating, occasionally hilly and beautifully scenic route without having to negotiate the big Lakeland mountain passes.
Find out more at www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk