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Mountains are our passion, and so is delivering unforgettable experiences. For 9 years now we've been merging the two and have been using Lakeland Mountain Guides as a platform to raise funds for various charities. It all started back in 2015 when we did our first ever 'Striding Edge by Torchlight' event. This fundraiser sees participants tackle Striding Edge at night in aid of the Lake District Search & Mountain Rescue Association. Even though we were joined by only 7 people it was the seed that has now developed into a budding tree. On the same day as that first event (April 25th, 2015) an earthquake rocked Nepal and killed over 9,000 people. With Nepal being close to our hearts we quickly organised 'Blencathra by Moonlight' which saw us lead over 150 people up Blencathra at night and raising over £5,000. In 2016 we hosted the incredible 'Catbells Festival of Light' and then 2017 saw the ' Lakeland Festival of Light' over Braithwaite. Between these two events we have raised an additional £25,000 for charities which send funds to the people of Nepal. In the intervening years we have also held our annual 'Striding Edge by Torchlight' events and our total raised for LDSAMRA now exceeds £4,000. The 2018 Lakeland Festival of Light returned to Catbells and raised over £13,500, but this was smashed in 2019 when 2000 people joined the event, which was again on Catbells, and raised over £16,000 for the Lake District Mountain Rescue Search Dogs Association. In 2022 we saw a return of the Festival of Light after the pandemic. A first wet year for us which dented attendance and donations, but a fab year all the same! 2023 was back to record attendance with over 2,500 people 

These events donate 100% of the profits to charity and so far we have raised in excess of £77,500 for 6 different charities and had more than 6,700 people come light up the fells . 

The Lakeland Festival of Light Organisers

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Irish Woman
David Stobart
Paula McEvoy

Owner of Lakeland Mountain Guides and founder of the Lakeland Festival of Light. Matt loves the logistical challenge of running such an event, and of course raising money for charity

David owns LightUpU, the sponsor of the festival, but his extensive experience in running businesses of all varities is invaluable when organising the event. 

The LFOL fundraising lead. Paula leads the charge on obtaining raffle prizes and has an insatiable energy that an event like this requires from it's team. 

The Lakeland Festival of Light Photography Team

Tom McNally
Mattyy Simpson

Keen Adventurer, usually with camera in hand. Tom runs Tom Mcnally Photography and is also a very popular choice as a wedding photographer!

Professional photographer at Mattyy Simpson Photography

Specialises in Wedding Photography in the Lake District and beyond!

Professional photographer at Lakeland Photo Walks. A real passion for Landscape Photography and always on the search for that different angle!

The Lakeland Festival of Light
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The Lakeland Festival
of Light 2024


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LFOL 2024  will take place on Saturday 17th August 2024. 

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Striding Edge by 
Torchlight 2024

Join us on Saturday 19th October 2024 for our 9th Striding Edge by Torchlight. This our most daring of all the events as it sees participants traverse Striding Edge onto Helvellyn under darkness. This is a fully guided event however you must have previous experience of scrambling in order to attend. 

Our charity of choice for this event is the Lake District Search & Mountain Rescue Association. LDSAMRA is the umbrella body for all the rescue teams here in the Lake District and so they all benefit from the funds raised on the night. 

The event is £60 to attend and 50% of profits go to LDSAMRA. The tickets can be bought here

The Lakeland Festival of Light
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