The team behind Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) has revealed more details of plans to make 2016 the event’s biggest and best year yet. The 10th anniversary festival is now three months away and KMF has added to its growing programme of sporting events and outdoor activities. With trail runs, open water swims, triathlons, a cycle sportive and walks at all levels, KMF has more than ever for anyone who needs some inspiration to help them stick to a new year’s resolution to be more active and get outdoors. The latest activities to be announced include guided walks, wild camping and a new longer open water swim.
Keswick Mountain Festival, sponsored by Hi-Tec, has grown into one of the biggest and best loved outdoor events in the UK, with more than 17,000 visitors in 2015, including over 2,000 who took part in the sporting events. KMF 2016 will run from 19-22 May and along with sports and outdoor activities, will offer live music, high profile speakers and a wide range of other attractions from its Festival Village base in Crow Park on the outskirts of Keswick.
New for KMF 2016 is a 3km open water swim on Sunday 22 May, the longest to ever feature during the festival. A deep-water start will take swimmers across to the shores of Derwent Isle, before they make their way along the shore of Derwentwater. Swimmers will finish back at the Festival Village, where family and friends can cheer them home.
KMF has also revealed details of its Hike schedule for this year. The programme includes hikes up some of the Lake District’s most iconic fells, with a scramble on Helvellyn, a sunset walk on Skiddaw, moonlit hike on Blencathra, two hikes on Scafell Pike, and a second chance to visit Helvellyn, in time for sunrise. In addition, the festival will host four navigation sessions for beginners, and a wild camping adventure. The programme has been devised to deliver a mix of levels of walking and offer something that is suitable for everyone.
Lucy Scrase, KMF sports director, comments: “Every year, we resolve to make Keswick Mountain Festival bigger and better. I think that this line up of events will provide something to work towards for anyone whose own new year’s resolution is to get more active. That’s particularly important this year and we really hope that people will get behind these events and help Keswick to bounce back in a big way after the terrible flooding last month.
“2016 is going to be critical for tourism in the Lake District and it’s already a very big year for Keswick Mountain Festival. We will be holding our 10th festival and we have come a long way in that time. The event has always contributed to the local economy, by bringing in large numbers of visitors and this year we are building a programme that has the capacity to attract more than ever. Given recent events, we hope that we can play a big part in bringing people back for some amazing experiences in this incredible part of the world.”
More details about the wider programme will be released in the near future, including other outdoor activities, a full schedule of speakers and the concert line up. To find out more about KMF, visit www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk.