National Park launches Lake District winter safety campaign

Published on: 18 Nov 2021

Walkers exploring Helvellyn in the snow.

In preparation for the winter season, the National Park Authority is launching a new seasonal safety campaign at this weekend’s Kendal Mountain Festival.

This summer the Lake District welcomed a new generation of adventurers, ready to escape lockdown and explore new places. As winter walking brings a new set of challenges for explorers – whether it’s the famously changeable Lake District weather, using new technology or what to pack for lunch – the National Park is asking for tips to keep visitors safe this winter.

At this weekend’s Kendal Mountain Festival, the National Park is asking for authentic voices to share tips and stories on safe winter walking, which will be turned into short films to share in its new visitor campaign this winter.

Lake District National Park Authority Chief Executive, Richard Leafe said:

“I am really pleased that there has been a wave of people discovering the Lake District for the first time, or rediscovering the great outdoors and all the health and wellbeing advantages it brings. I want to ensure that each and every person who comes to the Lake District has all the information and guidance possible at their fingertips to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit, which is where this new winter safety campaign comes in. Please get involved and share your hiking hacks and winter walking wins with us so we can pass your knowledge on.”

Richard Leafe will be hosting a Q and A session on Saturday 20 November at 16:45 at Basecamp Village, Abbot Hall Park, Kendal. The panel will include National Park rangers and Lake District experts. They will be joined by Lake District enthusiast and wild swimmer, Winnie Poaty; and mental wellness advocate and adventurer Kate Applebee. To ask a question follow the event on Facebook or Twitter.

We want people to visit us at Basecamp Village over the weekend and either record a short piece to camera, giving their unique advice on exploring the Lake District safely during winter, or if you’re not ready for your moment in the spotlight please fill in a postcard with your top tip for your chance to win a Winter Skills Course with one of our Fell Top Assessors.

More information on Kendal Mountain Festival is here:

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