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Fell walking and Blencathra

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  • December 22, 2016

Combine a visit to the Borrowdale Gates in the New Year with our fell walking experience and a trip to the new Mountain Heritage Trust which will be based at Blencathra.
The Hotel has teamed up with Matt Le Voi, a qualified Mountaineering Instructor and founder of a local firm, Lakeland Mountain Guides, to bring guests a selection of walking breaks for all levels to suit guests with good experience in the fells to those with very little.
– 2 nights including full Cumberland breakfast, 3 course dinner, tea & coffee on arrival, as well as a packed lunch for your day of outdoor adventure.
Get the most out of your hiking with an experienced and qualified local guide for your party. With an excellent knowledge of the area and some navigation tips to find those interesting little spots with the best views, Matt and his friendly team will make sure your day is fun but safe. (www.lakelandmountainguides.co.uk)
Combined hotel and guiding prices: Starting from £287 per person sharing for 2 nights based on two persons sharing a twin or double room (3rd night optional £90).

The Field Studies Council will be welcoming the Mountain Heritage Trust to its new base at Blencathra, Keswick in the New Year. This will be a fitting base for the Mountain Heritage Trust to work alongside the Field Studies Council at the Blencathra Centre, and will provide a secure home for its historic collections. This will offer an excellent opportunity to engage with the young people who visit the centre and enrich their understanding of mountains through the interpretation of and delving into this fabulous archive. Many consider the Lake District to be the birthplace of British climbing, and this collaboration will facilitate the development of a hub for mountain learning and enjoyment.
The Mountain Heritage Trust was founded in 2000 to record and preserve Britain’s rich heritage in the fields of climbing, mountaineering and mountain culture. Second to none in terms of breadth, Britain has a proud legacy in the Alps, the Himalaya and the other great mountain ranges, as well as closer to home on British rock. The Mountain Heritage Trust preserves and encourages access to its own collections, provides curatorial support, sources artefacts for new exhibitions and sets up gallery exhibitions. Among its early successes was the establishment of the National Mountaineering Exhibition at the Rheged Centre near Penrith. More recently the Trust has formed partnerships with the National Trust, and Keswick Museum and Art Gallery. This year has seen the Trust working on a Heritage Lottery Fund project on mountaineer Joe Tasker.
The Blencathra Centre has a national reputation for fieldwork and was established by the Field Studies Council in 1993. The centre’s main building is a former Sanatorium which was converted into a residential field centre and occupies an inspiring site 300m above sea level on the south facing slope of Blencathra.
‘I am delighted with the Mountain Heritage Trust’s move to the Blencathra Field Studies Centre. It is the perfect home for the Mountain Heritage Trust, in a wonderful mountain environment’ Sir Chris Bonington, Patron of the Mountain Heritage Trust