Ullswater WALX Festival May 2022

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A year in the making Ullswater WALX Festival finally came around organised by  Nicola Sproson from WALX Helvellyn Ullswater by Sam Armstrong from WALX Derwent and Dales. For the past 4 years, Sam has been running The Rustick Festival in the Peak District and decided to make a change and to have it in the Lake District for 2022 and asked Nics to join her in delivering this event using her skills and knowledge of the area. However, one thing which they didn’t count on was how popular this event would become. 

Our mission was to create a variety of walks from Mountain, Fell, Valley and Themed walks offering different levels to all. There were 2 evenings with excellent speakers Angela White  The Running Granny and Mike Parsons The Outdoor Gear Coach alongside the main evening event on Saturday with the superb Ceilidh Band Striding Edge which kept many of us laughing as we spun around the marquee avoiding the posts!   The walks varied from the exciting Striding and Swirral Edge on Helvellyn to meeting the tame Herdwick Sheep at Crookabeck Farm and visiting the Wool shop on a low-level valley walk with many other walks in between. Several of the participants stayed on until Monday to walk the whole of the Ullswater Way after the 3 days of walking which was no mean feat. 

Thank you to Grub’s boots who sponsored our event and Voom Nutrition who donated tasty treats. 

We raised a fantastic £678 for the Brathay Trust at our WALX festival. £578 came from our raffle and £100 also came from our Gowbarrow fundraising walk so thank you to our guest walker James Forrest too.  The money will go to the Brathay Trust, which will help some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.

Our Ullswater WALX Festival 2022 raised more smiles than we have seen since the Purbeck Festival even on the one wet day that was experienced. 

There are too many special images to share in one post but so we will build a gallery of memories but for now, here are a few that capture just some of the walks and party night. 

The next WALX Festival is in Purbeck:  

The Purbeck WALX festival is a three day event organised by the WALX HQ team – next date 16 – 18th September 2022. Hundreds of group walks all led by knowledgeable, qualified guides plus workshops with the UK\’s leading outdoor exercise specialists. Plenty of Nordic walking, Total body walking, Wellness walking, Themed walks and more…. all in stunning scenery. There is a HUB, parking and lots of opportunities for socialising too.

3 Day passes are  £89.00 for Members (NWUK or WALX) and £99.00 for non Members.


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