Bite-sized and brilliant

Published on: 24 Jul 2014

Fancy a Lake District microadventure? Why wouldn't you – they're cheap, easy to do and spot-on for inspiring young adventurers.

So says Clare Dyson, of the Campaign for National Parks, which is committed to getting 16 to 25 year-olds fired-up about some of Britain's best places.

During National Parks Week, July 28 to August 3, there are fantastic things for cash-strapped young people to do and see, following a bright idea from author and traveller Alistair Humphreys.

He figured simple but exciting microadventures close to home, low on kit and kind on the pocket would have appeal and impact.

Based in the Lakes, Clare explained: "We're really excited by what we have on offer for our special week. This is a brilliant location for a whole range of activities and we're encouraging the right age group to get in touch.

"I lead the Mosaic project here, a Campaign for National Parks' initiative to encourage young champions to get involved in these world-renowned landscapes.

"We've had a lot of success with young people who live on the outskirts of the national park and have barely or never experienced them. We now have 13 active champions who are organising the microadventures.

"Getting out doesn't have to be complicated or expensive. We're doing different activities every day next week, from wild camping to swimming in tarns, canoeing to an island, bivvy building and bouldering. Bite-sized and brilliant!"

Champion James Taylor, from Barrow-in-Furness, said: "Exploring the Lakes isn't always easy – transport and money are difficult. Mosaic makes it possible. I'm doing more and more and getting very active.

"This is a perfect chance for others to come along next week and find out what we're up to."

If you are 16 to 25 years old and want to get involved, contact Clare on 07972 630156 or email clared@cnp.org.uk

Mosaic champions on top of the Lake District fells copyright Thomas Beecham

Photo: Mosaic champions celebrating Lake District splendour, from left:

James Taylor, Barrow; Sonja Moore, Cockermouth; Aiden Pattison, Egremont; Clare Dyson, project leader; Lewis Davis, Lamplugh; Will Rigg, Barrow; Lewis Ritchie, Cockermouth; Robert Moore , Cockermouth; Liam Taylor, Whitehaven and Elliot Winfindale, Cockermouth

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