This year’s Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) ‘Hike’ programme offers walking experiences at all levels and throughout the day and night. During the four day event, visitors can choose from over 30 different guided walks, from gentle strolls along the lakeside, to a challenging hike up Helvellyn during the early hours of the morning. The walking activities will take place throughout the festival, between 14 and 17 May.
For experienced and ambitious walkers, there will be three special walks that will provide perspectives of the Lakes at different times of the day and night. Helvellyn by Sunrise will see walkers set off with a professional guide at midnight and reach the summit of the mountain as the sun rises over the Lakeland fells. Blencathra by the Stars will offer an opportunity to reach the top of the classic fell as darkness falls. Finally, walkers on the Catbells Evening Wander will set off early in the evening, with the aim of admiring the views of the sunset over Keswick as they reach the summit of the famous fell. Other festival visitors with lofty ambitions can tick off 60 of the Wainwrights tops in a series of four guided hikes over consecutive days.
There will also be opportunities to tackle classic Lakeland routes during the day, thanks to HF Holidays, with professionally guided walks up Scafell Pike, Skiddaw and Blencathra, along with other much loved locations such as Bowder Stone and Catbells. In addition, HF Holidays will host a series of lower level walks for families. Part of the KMF ‘Family Fun’ schedule, these walks will give family groups the chance to explore locations like Bowder Stone and Catbells.
Meanwhile, Hi-Tec, headline sponsor of the festival, is inviting all visitors to join its BIG WALK. The company has printed thousands of route maps for three classic Keswick walks, starting and finishing in the Festival Village on Crow Park. At different lengths and levels, the routes are very accessible for all walkers. Hikers who complete any of the three BIG WALKS will have the chance of winning a seven night adventure walking holiday for a family of four, courtesy of HF Holidays, plus Hi-Tec kit. Find out more about the Hi-Tec BIG WALK at www.hi-tec.com/uk.
Lucy Scrase, KMF director, comments: “Our Hike programme is more extensive than ever this year. Working with Hi-Tec, HF Holidays and some great local activity providers, we really believe that we have a range of walks that together offer something for every visitor. Keswick Mountain Festival has always put walking activities front and centre of our event, helping new and returning visitors to explore the truly stunning landscape that surrounds the festival.”
The full Hike programme can be viewed on the KMF website, where places on individual walks can be booked.
Tickets for all 2015 Keswick Mountain Festival events are also available by calling See tickets on 08712 305537.