Every November, thousands of outdoor enthusiasts descend on Kendal for one of Europe’s biggest and most diverse mountain festivals. The Kendal Mountain Festival began life as a film festival in 1980, disappeared for a while and was then reborn in 1999. Since then, it has gone from strength to strength, with a programme that often includes more than 100 film screenings and dozens of lectures by some of the world’s greatest climbers, mountaineers, athletes and adventurers. Workshops and ‘specialist sessions’ cover activities as diverse as fell-running, caving and outdoor swimming.
The four-day festival also includes art exhibitions and book events, including the announcement of the winner of the prestigious Boardman Tasker Prize for Mountain Literature.