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Night-time hikes pledge for festival

Posted 14 February 2011
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The boss of May's Keswick Mountain Festival has said night-time walks will be among the featured events this year.

People will need torches along with their Ordnance Survey maps and walking boots as they take on peaks like Blencathra in the dark, festival director Kate Thomas, told Grough.

She said: "Our aim is for the hike programme to appeal to Lake District veterans and new visitors alike", noting the Blencathra night-time challenge and an ascent of England's highest mountain Scafell Pike are among the walks available to hard-core mountain types.

By contrast, gentle walks to locations such as Dock Tarn and some of the lower Wainwrights will also be available, Ms Thomas noted.

Standing at 2,848 ft, Blencathra is the third highest summit in the Skiddaw Range, after Skiddaw itself (3,054 ft) and Skiddaw Lower man (2,865 ft).

Those who like a truly hair-raising challenge can try climbing it via Sharp Edge, which has precipitous drops on both sides.