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Climbing festival set for the Lake District

Posted 25 June 2010
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Climbing festival set for the Lake District
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The Lake Festival of Climbing is set to take place this weekend (June 26th and 27th) in the Duddon Valley, run by the British Mountaineering Council (BMC).

Based at Turner Hall Farm in the village of Seathwaite, the event is open to non-members and will include various bits of advice and help from instructors for those who like to head for the hills with their climbing hardware.

The BMC said the appeal of the occasion is the chance to experience one of the more remote and less-crowded valleys of the Lake District, with the promise of free breakfast butties and a lack of midges.

Sometimes marked on Ordnance Survey maps as Dunnerdale, the Duddon Valley lies west of the massif that includes the Old Man of Coniston, with Seathwaite Tarn below its summit being named after the village into which the emergent waters of Tarn Beck flow.

Those who fancy taking fishing rods as well as climbing chalk to the Duddon Valley can pick up a permit to fish there at the Newfield Inn in Seathwaite Village.