This year, the Keswick Mountain Festival (18 22 May) set in the beautiful English Lake District has selected Nurture Lakeland as its charity of choice.
Keswick Mountain Festival (KMF) will be a family fun fest of adventure with something for everyone. Whether youre an experienced adventurer or new in the game, the KMF provides the perfect weekend to try out many activities and enjoy talks from house hold names in adventure.
If youre heading to this years festival, look out for exploration celebrities such as Ray Mears, Mike Beaumont, Sir Chris Bonington OBE, and Alastair Lee.
Nurture Lakeland is a charity that helps look after the breath-taking landscapes and fascinating wildlife of the Lake District and Cumbria. It also promotes sustainable recreational and challenge events and has commissioned lots of research into how adventure tourism can benefit the local area. As KMF is set in one of the Lake Districts adventure hubs, the events support for the multi-award winning sustainability charity goes hand in hand.
You can find Nurture Lakeland with their interactive and educational stand, come along to find out more about the work of the charity and how it is improving and maintaining the landscapes of the area.
Supporting Lakeland Landscapes
Nurture Lakeland will also be at many of this years adrenalin pumping events. The following will provide you with an opt out opportunity to donate; this means a small donation can be added onto your activity and benefit the local area.
1) planetFear Lakes Epic – Route teaserArguably one of the most naturally beautiful national parks in the UK, The Lakes District is renowned and respected as an incredible mountain biking destination. Throw in Englands highest mountains, unpredictable weather and unforgiving terrain and the result is a challenge in an amazing 2 day mountain biking adventure called the Lakes Epic!Riders are expected to be physically and technically capable of riding (and walking) some challenging trails that include steep climbs, exposed single track, rocky and technical descents. The proposed route includes more than 100kms of riding and 3,000m altitude gains over the two days.
2) Keswick SportiveA challenge for all levels of cyclist with a choice of three routes of differing distances & difficulty. Taking in some challenging & spectacular Lakeland climbs the event is held in conjunction with the Keswick Mountain Festival.
3) NASOPThe National Academy for Sport & Outdoor Photography is unique to the UK and provides photo-training and photography events for outdoor enthusiasts of all kinds. Their mission is to promote outdoor adventure sports and mountain photography in the UK through professional training workshops and exciting photo-events. At this years Keswick Mountain Festival, NASOP are running a range of inspirational photography courses.
Nurture Lakeland is linked with this years Fell Theatre presentations, which will be hosting 25 talks over Friday Sunday. These hour long presentations will cover topics from mountaineering to conservation. Guest speakers will include our very own Sue Savage and Ruth Kirk, National Park Director Richard Leafe and the inspirational Andrew Holgate (Iron Man). Nurture Lakeland will be introducing each speaker and encouraging the audience to give donations when they exit. Each talk will be charged 3, 1 of which will come directly to Nurture Lakeland.
For more information on the Keswick Mountain Festival visit www.keswickmountainfestival.co.uk
For more information on the inspiring work of Nurture Lakeland visit www.nurturelakeland.org
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