Keswick Festival of Light
- Tuesday, 08 May 2018
- Written by Kestrel Lodge
The May Day Weekend was glorious this year, the hottest on record, and here at Kestrel lodge was no exception.
The Saturday of the May Day weekend is always the time for the annual Festival of Light weekend in Keswick. A group of hikers from every walk of life, make the trek from Keswick to Catbells late in the evening so that they can light the spine of this iconic mountain once the sun goes down. All the proceeds of this fantastic Lake District event go to charity, in the aid of the earthquake victims in Nepal.
This year a few of us decided to join in the fun and walk the mountain with 700 other people and 60 dogs. There was a great atmosphere up on the mountain, as is usually the case with events like this; there's great comaradary during the light up, and lots of chatting with like minded people as we waited for darkness to fall. Nicol End Marina also stayed open until midnight so coffee and the biggest scones in the Lake District are a great treat on the way back to Keswick. Meanwhile, our photog headed over to Derwents Lake shore to snap a photo or two and see if she could spot the rest of us.
Photograph by Andrea Bramhall - Derwent Water Lake Shore up to Catbells during Keswick Festival Of Light 2018
The aim of the event is to make it as accessible as possible for as many people as possible. So you don't have to be Edmund Hillary to take part. You can walk as high or as low as you feel comfortable with, after all we're trying to light the whole spine of the mountain, so there needs to be someone everywhere! So, if you're in the area next year and you fancy joining in, we'll publish details nearer the time, and you can make your plans.
Quick word of warning though for those who are interested but haven't done any walking in the fells at night before. Night walking is very different you need a good head torch but the sunset and the views are amazing and well worth the effort so different from daytime views. this is yet another reason to visit the lakes and stay at Kestrel Lodge