Lakeland mountain illuminated as 700 walkers take to Cat Bells
Walkers light up Cat Bells, with Derwent Water and Keswick in the distance. Photo: Harry Baker Photography
A Lake District fell was illuminated by more than 700 walkers as part of a charity event for victims of an earthquake in Nepal.
Participants in this year’s Lakeland Festival of light used their torches to form a trail of light up the ridge of Cat Bells on Saturday evening.
The event raised more than £10,000 for the 2015 earthquake victims, taking the total in the past three years over £40,000.
Cat Bells, overlooking Derwent Water, was also the venue for the festival in 2016.
Matt Le Voi, who organised the event, said the event was a huge success. Mr Le Voi, of outdoor activity company Lakeland Mountain Guides, has visited Nepal regularly.
He said: “I’ll never get over the generosity and support, ranging from the participants through to raffle prize donors.
“Big thanks have to go to the marshals, the National Trust for allowing us to use the mountain, Little Chamonix Cafe for baking so many cakes, and of course our talented team of official event photographers.”
Four photographers, Tom McNally, Carmen Norman, Nick Landells and Harry Baker captured the event from various vantage points, including the slopes of Latrigg, Crowe Park in Keswick, Ashness Jetty and Cat Bells itself.
The spine of Cat Bells is illuminated by the torches. Photo: Nick Landells Lakeland Photo Walks
Cash from the festival will go to Phase Worldwide, a Bristol-based charity that supports various projects in Nepal.
Mr Le Voi said: “We will keep on doing these events as long as people keep on supporting them.
“Up next is our annual Striding Edge by Torchlight event for Lakes-based mountain rescue teams, which is shortly followed by an attempt to light up Fleetwith Edge for Cumbria Youth Alliance.”
More information is available on the Lakeland Mountain Guides website
Copies of photographs from the event can be ordered from Carmen Norman’s website
, with 50 per cent of the sales revenue going to the charity appeal.
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