Saturday 25th May 2024 - Monday 27th May 2024

Location: Kendal

Wellbeing Westmorland are a local organisation with many years of experience in delivering outdoor activities and events.

The festival will, for 2024 at least, take place over the late Spring Bank Holiday weekend. Don’t worry, our leaders will find quiet places to wander!

As the festival moves into this new phase, we have taken the decision to make a small charge for all the walks. These are all concessionary and subsidised charges and we think represent excellent value for money! The festival attracts a small amount of funding, but as with most festivals there are substantial costs involved and therefore it is reasonable to make these charges.

Kendal makes a superb base for those who enjoy walking. Surrounded by beautiful scenery it offers a wide variety of walking experiences. It’s a 5-minute drive into the Lake District National Park and 20 minutes from the Yorkshire Dales. In addition we have Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty just a few miles south of town.

We really do have it all….mountains, lakes, rivers, valleys and the wide open vistas of Morecambe Bay!!

England’s largest and deepest lakes and its highest mountains are within easy reach. The scenic Cumbria Coastal Way and the Dales Way both pass close to Kendal.

It’s quick and easy to get here – we are close to the M6, most trains on the West Coast Mainline stop at Oxenholme Lake District and Manchester and Liverpool airports are about 1.5 hours away.

Saturday 25th May
Glencoyne Head and Aira Force

A strenuous walk of 8 miles with splendid views over Ullswater.

The Bannisdale Horseshoe

A strenuous walk of about 12 miles and 1500ft of ascent around a classic lakeland horseshoe.

Wild and Well Swim Hike – Haweswater

A strenuous walk of about 7 miles and 2700ft of ascent with an opportunity to swim in Small Water.

Grange over Sands and Hampsfell loop

An easy/moderate walk of about 6 miles taking in the sweeping vista of Morecambe Bay.

Troutbeck, Baystones and Wansfell Pike

A strenuous walk of 7 miles and 1875ft of ascent with great views of Windermere.

Farleton Knott and Canal

A moderate walk of 6.5 miles to Farleton Knott to see the Limestone Pavement.

Sunday 26th May
Helm Crag – Grasmere

An easy / moderate walk of 6 miles from Grasmere to the Lion and the Lamb.

Cautley Spout and the Calf – Sedbergh

A fantastic walk of 6.5 miles around the Howgills seeing Cautley Spout waterfall in all it’s glory.

Scout Scar from Kendal

A moderate circular walk from Kendal along Scout Scar and back.

Hill and Health navigation – Newbiggin

A moderate walk of about 9.5 miles with the opportunity of learning basic navigation skills.

Staveley, Windermere and Orrest Head

A moderate linear walk of about 7 miles from Staveley to Orrest Head – Wainwright’s famous viewing point.

Arnside Knott

A moderate walk of 5.5 miles to Arnside Knott with panoramic views of the Lakeland Fells.

Staveley Woodlands Walk with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

A moderate walk of 3 miles (some steep sections) learning about the woodlands.

Monday 27th May
The Fairfield Horseshoe

A strenuous walk of 12 miles and 3700ft of ascent around possibly the most famous Lakeland Horseshoe.

The Kentmere Round

A strenuous walk of 13.5 miles around the Kentmere Horseshoe.

Cowgill, Dent and Sedbergh

A moderate walk of 5 or 10 miles by the River Dee.

Foulshaw Moss with Cumbria Wildlife Trust

An easy, wheelchair friendly  walk of 1.25 miles viewing Ospreys, Lizards and other wildlife in thier own habitat.

The Helm, Kendal

An easy walk of 2 miles on Kendals’ very own hill – a great introduction to our local landmark.

Wild and Well Swim Hike – Easedale Tarn

A moderately strenuous walk of 7.5 miles to Easdale Tarn where you will have the opportunity of cold water swimming.

Some other events in May 2024

Thursday 2nd May 2024 10:00am - 4:00pm

Colour, Texture & Pattern Weaving – Anna Wetherell

Come and enjoy a day of weaving on a 4-shaft table loom. Whether you’re a beginner or already a weaver this will be a lovely opportunity to experiment with colour and texture. I’ll even take the mystery out of…

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Thursday 9th May 2024 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Going For Old

“Bones of a Healthy Future” – a free 2 hour workshop for over 50s looking to make positive changes to their health

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Friday 10th May 2024 6:30pm - 7:15pm

BBC: ANY QUESTIONS?

BBC Radio 4’s Any Questions? is visiting Sedbergh in May! This is an opportunity for you to submit a question to the panel and hear responses about the issues that are affecting our local community, our nation, and the world. Use the form below to sign up for your free ticket. Please note that tickets are offered on a first come first served basis. We will contact you to confirm your place is booked.

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Saturday 11th May 2024 9:00am - 3:00pm

Barbon Antiques Fair

Antiques, Vintage, Collectables, Glass, Jewellery, Ceramics, Decorative Items

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Saturday 11th May 2024 10:00am - 1:00pm

Beginners’ Lino Print Workshop with Sean Willis

All Materials provided.   Workshop designed especially for beginners

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Every care has been taken in compiling our events list and we believe the information to be correct but we cannot accept responsibility for any inconvenience or expense arising from its use. We suggest that you confirm details and prices directly with the event organiser if you require definitive details.