As a result of being a patron of Tough Girl Podcast, which highlights female sporting enthusiasts from a multitude of backgrounds and abilities, I was seriously chuffed to be offered complimentary tickets to Keswick Mountain Festival. As soon as I had a wee look at what this was, I knew I’d be going whether that was on my own or with a friend!
That quick peek revealed to me, a kids playground of activities and possibilities. Having had a bit of a setback to my training for the West Highland Way Race, I suddenly had the opportunity to get a confidence builder in the tank before the race at the end of June. Little did I know I would have yet another setback that would restrict my activities further.
Having reached the stage of my late thirties, I am not sure how I have never made it to the Lake District, considering it is the ideal place for me to visit. Mind you, you would have to rule out two awful visits up Scafell Pike (2 x 3 peak challenges = nuff said!).
Scope out all the activities on the website, plan to your hearts content.
I didn’t do this so well, I was distracted by the disappointment of injuries and being ruled out of running. Thankfully, Karen, my best mate is waaay more prepared and a better organiser compared to myself, least one of us some inkling of what was happening.
There is a wealth of activities for everyone to choose from who likes to get outdoors, no matter the format. I quickly realised, that despite being ruled out of running, there was still so much I could do and wanted to do. To me, it’s the being outdoors, being around likeminded people, appreciating the scenery. For example, canoeing, kayaking, walks or in fact, a mini 3 peaks walking challenge, running events from 5km to ultra distance, a cycling sportive and triathlon.
Now I haven’t even mentioned the taster sessions or led sessions! So let’s see, we have outdoor rock climbing, try your first outdoor swim (for those that know me, I was tempted by this BUT, you needed to swim a certain distance), nordic walking, ghyll scrambling to name a few.
If you wanted to do the actual events, there was a deadline on getting in there and naturally the number of people meant things could potentially sell out.
Go from Thursday to Sunday. . . . . . . . if you can wangle it
Having experienced the whole festival for the first time this year, I would definitely take the time out to take in the whole weekends experience. There just wasn’t enough time to fit everything in, and that was with an injury ruling me out of my first choice activities.
However, that is also a great way to entice you back, cheeeeky 😉 but I love it!
I didn’t start camping until recently, mainly all Karen’s fault. She really enjoys it and to be honest, despite my occasional moan I love the freedom it gives and naturally the feeling of being right in amongst the hills and mountains.
The campsite did not disappoint, literally wherever you turned there were hills. Locating the campsite was very easy with all the directions given, between the website info and signage en-route. The only confusing part initially was actually whether we drove our car to the entrance or had to ditch the car elsewhere.
At the registration tent we presented our tickets to the very cheery guys manning the tent and were given our very bright ‘Summit to Eat’ bag with dried food giveaways inside (handy for any upcoming camping or running races), as well as our event map and gold wristbands.
We promptly set up tent, parked the car, although I do think Karen timed her escape break with actually unpacking and setting up sleeping bags etc for the ‘right’ moment.