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Keswick set for mountain festival

Posted 19 May 2010
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Keswick set for mountain festival
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The Keswick Mountain Festival starts today (May 19th), offering fun and adventure for walkers, cyclists and climbers alike.

Mountain bikers can enjoy the vibe in the Bike Village and don their cycling clothing to take part in rides in Borrowdale and over Lonscale Fell and Latrigg.

Those who would rather put on their running shoes may wish to take part in events like the Salomon Forest 10k race, taking in trails alongside Catbells and Derwent Water.
Those in Climbing shoes instead can enjoy a masterclass with instructor Peter Whittaker on the Keswick Climbing Wall, while those in walking gear can take on a number of hikes, including Blencathra via Sharp Edge, Helvellyn and England's highest peak, Scafell Pike.

In addition to this, there are orienteering classes for those keen to learn how to use their Ordnance Survey maps better.

A mountain that is not on the festival's walking routes list but is a frequent target for those visiting Keswick is Skiddaw, the fourth highest peak in England at 3,054 ft, which towers high over the town.

Posted by Elaine Arthur