If you’re at a loose end this weekend and fancy an outdoor adventure, get yourself over to the Keswick Mountain Festival in the beautiful Lakes.
This event is every outdoor adventurer’s dream! You can swim in deep, cold open waters, scale plunging mountains, kick back with a beer at sunset, and camp beneath the stars (and mountains!).
Athletes can enjoy a range of events across multiple disciplines. With trail races covering an array of distances from 5K to 50K, trail runners will find events to suit all levels of ability. Each of the courses are truly breathtaking, taking in some of the Lake District’s best trail-running countryside, across gloriously muddy farmland, wide-open trails and rugged tracks. Entries for these trail-running events are nearly sold out, though, so you’ll have to get your entry in sharpish.
Alongside running, sporting events include a beautifully scenic 70K sportive and one of the toughest triathlons in the UK, involving cycling two of the challenging Lakeland Passes, Honister and Newlands, a swim in the Derwentwater and a lung-busting run up Lakeland Fell Walla Crag. Keen swimmers can also take part in a 1500m and 3K open-water swim around beautiful Derwent Island.
A range of exciting outdoor activities are on offer for outdoor adventurers, too. These include an exhilarating climb along the famous Sharp Edge, a rough and rugged 10-peak walking challenge, including Scafell Pike and the breathtaking Glaramara, and even a beginners’ rock-climbing course.
And, as the festival takes place over three days, you don’t have to choose just one event to enter – you can take part in a few (provided you’ve got the strength left in your legs!).
At the end of a tough day scaling the fells, adventures can settle down in the festival village with an ice-cold beer and a hot meal from one of the speciality food vendors, covering a whole range of cuisines, from quintessentially British fish and chips to sensational Indian street food. You won’t be short of entertainment, either. Popular music artists will be performing over the two evenings, including headliners KT Tunstall and Cast, and there will be inspirational talks from some of the biggest names on the outdoor adventure scene, including iconic female ultrarunner Jasmin Paris and mountaineer Sir Chris Bonington.
The campsite, located only a short 10-minute walk away from the Festival Village on Crow Park, will be open for the Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, offering beautiful views of Skiddaw at sunrise.
Inspired to spend a full weekend in the fresh air with just your tent, your hiking gear and a pair of trail shoes to hand? Visit keswickmountainfestival.co.uk to find out more and to book tickets.