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24th September – 2nd October 2011

Reach Beyond Adventure supports local outdoor festival

We are proud to support this years Outdoor Festival held at Glenridding and the surrounding Ullswater Valley held over 9 days in September. We will bb providing a series of free bushcraft demonstrations and canoeing sessions.

Now in its sixth successful year, the Ullswater Outdoor Festival hosts a range of activities for visitors and locals alike to enjoy the amazing opportunities this area has to offer.

Festival programme

Take a look at the festival highlights below by clicking on a link or for further booking details download a leaflet

» Action packed launch day

» 9 days of free guided walks

» Exciting outdoor adventure activities

» Evening lectures programme

Launch day: 24th September

The event kicks off with the launch day in Glenridding with a fun & action packed day for all the family. Highlights include Children’s Entertainer Laura J, Storytelling Laureate Taffy Thomas, Bird of prey displays, Bushcraft demonstrations, Folk music & Morris dancing, Local arts & crafts, Lakeland conservation activities, Mountain rescue vs Fire service challenge, Face painting, Balloon modeling, Bouncy castle & Children’s crafts.

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Free guided walks: 24th September – 2nd October

The guided walks programme, led by Lake District National Park voluntary rangers, includes a choice of up to 3 walks every day and are all free of charge although some bus or boat fees may be needed to access start points. Further information can be found in the leaflet download below.

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Outdoor Activities: 24th September – 2nd October

A wide range of outdoor activities are also available with local adventure companies including:

  • Ridge Scrambling & Kayaking (Distant Horizons) – 24 & 25 September
  • Canoeing (Reach Beyond Adventure) – 24 September
  • Nordic Walking (Go-Active) – 24 September
  • Dinghy Sailing (Glenridding Sailing Centre) – 24 Sept – 2 Oct
  • Navigation Confidence )Wake Effect) – 1st October

All activities must be pre-booked and incur a small booking fee that will go directly to the festivals sponsored charities.

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Evening Lectures: 23rd – 29th September

The highlights of this year’s evening lecture programme include local man & ‘7 Summiteer’ James Lancashire & Mountaineer Chris Bonington. Lectures as follows:

  • James Lancashire – ’7 Summits’: 25 September
    Having recently returned from Alaska James talks about his adventures completeing the highest summits on each of the 7 continents
  • Chris Bonington – ‘Annapurna South Face’: 23 September
    Chris speaks about the biggest technical challenge on an 8,000 metre ridge that any British expedition had attempted
  • Jane Yates – ‘Scrapes & Dares’: 29 September
    Jane shares her experiences of travelling to far flung destinations with young children
  • Robert Farrah – ‘Megaliths and Mountains’: 28 September
    Robert describes some of the Lakelands best known megalithic monuments and their relationship to the areas most prominent landmarks
  • Warren Allison – ‘Greenside Mines: 27 September
    Local historian and mining expert will be giving a fascinating insight into the history of the local silver & lead mine with archives photographs.

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The festival is organised by members of the Ullswater Association and made possible through their partnership with Lake District National Park, sponsorship from Sprayway and financial support from Cumbria Tourism’s Adventure Capital project.


Guided walks – Telephone Ullswater Tourist Information Centre on 017684 82414

Some festival activities & evening lectures – Telephone Ullswater‘Steamers’ on 017684 82229.

Outdoor activities – Contact individual providers (see leaflet or website)

For more information about the Festival download a leaflet below or go to

Leaflet Downloads


Launch Day & Evening Talks.pdf »

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