I know you're all just had a guest post but having just popped out of hospital (appendix!) and I saw this awaiting me in my inbox and had to share it with you! The lakes just pop Swallows & Amazons in my head and of course the wonderful amazing world of Beatrix Potter! Who wouldn't want to go?
‘Hop to it’ and sign up to this year’s Jane Tomlinson’s Lake District Walking Festival. That’s the
message from family favourite Peter Rabbit.
The cuddly character officially kicked off the countdown to the 8 th September
event which will see around 1,000 people get into the great outdoors while raising funds for their
The launch took place at The World of Beatrix Potter™, the home of Peter Rabbit, which is just a
stone’s throw from beautiful Lake Windermere – the picture-perfect setting for the festival.
The day-long event is being staged by Jane Tomlinson’s Walk For All and is one of the centrepieces
of the organisation’s newly-launched Wake Up to Walking campaign, which encourages people to
explore the countryside in a safe, fun and friendly environment.
This year’s Lake District Walking Festival – which features 5, 13 and 22 mile courses suitable for all
ages and abilities – will raise thousands of pounds for deserving causes.
The routes take walkers past the area’s most picturesque spots, including Jenkin Crag, Loughrigg Fell
Event lead organiser Tristan Batley-Kyle said: “With walks ranging from 5 miles to 22 miles, there is
a route to suit all abilities and everyone can enjoy the stunning scenery of this wonderful national
“Last year’s event was a great success and we’re sure this year’s will be even bigger and better as we
know lots and lots of people have been telling their friends and families what a fantastic time they
Andy Poole, Chief Executive at The World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction, said: “We’re delighted to be
supporting the Lake District Walking Festival which will not only be a great day out for all ages, but
will also help local charities doing valuable work in our area.”
Proceeds from the Lake District Walking Festival will go to support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, which
in turn, shares funds, primarily, between children’s and cancer charities. Walkers can raise funds for
any cause of their choice but are particularly encouraged to support the festival’s partner charities
which this year are: Macmillan, Fix the Fells, RSPCA, RSPB, Yorkshire Cancer Research, Parkinson’s
UK, Great North Air Ambulance, Shine and Jane’s Appeal.
Rebecca Brown, Assistant Events Manager at Yorkshire Cancer Research, said: “It’s lovely to see
Jane Tomlinson’s walking festivals expand into such a beautiful part of the country and we’re really
excited to be a charity partner for this event. Walking is such a fantastic way to keep fit and by taking
part in the Lake District Walking Festival, our supporters will be able to make a huge difference
to the cancer research we fund in the north of England at the same time. We can’t wait to cheer
everyone on as they make their way round their chosen route.”
Mandy Drake, Head of Fundraising at the Great North Air Ambulance Service, said: “We are proud
to be associated with this event, which is taking place just a short flight from the base of our Pride
of Cumbria aircraft near Penrith. We hope as many of our supporters as possible take part in the
walk, which promises to be a great opportunity to explore this beautiful area while raising money to
support the local air ambulance.”
Penny McMullen, Fundraising Assistant for Fix the Fells, said: “One pound from each entry to the
Lake District Walking Festival will go to help the Fix the Fells project through Responsible Tourism
charity Nurture Lakeland’s Visit, Give, Protect scheme. Fix the Fells is working to repair and maintain
the upland paths in the Lake District, to protect them from erosion and keep them fighting fit for the
future, for everyone to enjoy.”
Amy Smith, RSPCA North regional fundraising manager, said: "We couldn't be more excited to be
involved in this event in the beautiful county of Cumbria and we hope our supporters will sign up,
get loads of sponsorship, and have a great day out in the fresh air with their dogs and other like-
minded people. The money our supporters raise by signing up to walk for us will go towards some of
the most-needy animals in the North of England and, at such a difficult time, every penny really does
Victoria Lamb, Community Fundraiser for the RSPB, said: “Jane Tomlinson events always attract
great support from a wide variety of people and we’re extremely pleased to have the opportunity to
be involved with the Lake District Walk For All event. We hope lots of people taking part will support
the RSPB, so we can continue our work to save threatened wildlife in the UK and overseas, and
create a world richer in nature. If people choose to support us, every step they take will be a step for
Nicola Jones, National Events Programme Manager (East Midlands and Northern England) for
Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “Macmillan Cancer Support are delighted to be involved with Walk
for All for the second year running. The Lake District is a beautiful location to enjoy a lovely walk and
by signing up with team Macmillan your fundraising can really make a difference to the lives of those
affected by cancer. One in three of us will get cancer and it’s the toughest thing most of us will ever
face. With your help we can provide practical, medical and financial support and push for better
cancer care, making sure no one has to face it alone. Help us to help even more people.”
The Lake District Walking Festival is supported by the Lake District National Park, Nurture Lakeland,
the North West Evening Mail and BBC Radio Cumbria.
Entries for the Lake District Walking Festival are now open. To sign up go to
www.forallevents.co.uk/walk-for-all/ Prices range from £8 to £20 depending on which course is
chosen. Family entry for the five mile course is priced at just £5 per person.