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WHEELCHAIR TEST-DRIVES: plus assisted accommodation at Low Wray Camp Site

DATES: Friday 23 September, Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September


MT Allie

Allie Pennington on an MT Trike Evo at St Mary’s Church, Ambleside

The festival offers wheelchair-users a chance to try out some great off-road machines – including one that could get you to the top of fells such as mighty Helvellyn.

Freedom Wizard is a new charity set up by qualified mountain guide Allie Pennington to help wheelchair users enjoy the very best of rugged Britain. Thanks to new technology and a number of exciting new wheelchairs, what was once an impossible outdoors dream is now becoming reality, and Allie will be demonstrating and offering test-drives in a number of wheelchairs.

Space has been booked at Low Wray camp site where there will be a number of volunteers to help wheelchair users. If you are interested in helping, call Allie or email her (contact details below)

Each morning at 9.30, out for an hour from
Low Wray on the trails
Each day from 11am to 4pm
LOCATION: Starting from Rothay Park near Ambleside Parish Centre, Vicarage Road (beside St Maryʼs Church)
Ambleside to Wray Castle – BOMA7 and handbikes (Trike, Push and Evo) – see descriptions of these, below
Ambleside to Rydal Hall – all chairs
MORE INFO: The Freedom Wizard Facebook page offers the latest: www.facebook.com/freedomwizarduk
TO BOOK: Call Allie on 07903-438040 or email her at hello@freedomwizard.co.uk
Here are the bikes that will be available for testing:


(pronounced ʻbomberʼ)
Designed and manufactured in the UK by Molten Rock, the BOMA7 offers a powered solution, available in both handle or joystick controls. The BOMA is truly amazing and has successfully tackled Ben Nevis and Snowdon to name but a few. If you are unable to propel yourself, this is the machine for you!


Mountain Trike
The original Mountain Trike sets a standard for all-terrain chairs. Designed by engineer, Tim Morgan, and built in the UK, it offers a sleek and versatile product giving you the freedom to travel over terrain impassable with your day chair. It is constructed using mountain bike technology with the addition of unique levers enabling you to propel yourselves over forest tracks, snow, mountains and the beach.


MT Push
The Mountain Trike push is ideal for those who are unable to propel themselves yet yearn to get onto the unbeaten tracks. The Push has the same construction but does not have the lever drive system. It’s fun, safe, accessible off road and comfortable thanks to the same suspension system. The push handle is simple and effective allowing for easy manoeuvrability over difficult terrain.


MT Evo
Based on the original Mountain Trike but suitable for those with limited dexterity in their grip. The lever system in the MT has been adapted to allow the rider to brake using arm movements instead of to finger braking. With ‘Active Hands’ you have the ability to control the Evo and access places your day chair will not allow.

website: www.freedomwizard.co.uk

OUTDOOR YOGA CLASS AT RYDAL HALL: ‘Look after your body, it’s the only home you have’


Yoga classes

Just like this, only outside (arrangements will be made for rainy weather!)

Come along on either or both days and join us for an outdoor Vinyasa Yoga class at Rydal Hall. All are welcome.

Ambleside-based yoga teacher Sarah Pike is hosting two one-hour introductions to yoga in the beautiful surrounds of the Rydal Hall gardens. She’ll provide the expertise and a mat, all you need are some comfortable and warm clothes (unless there is a heatwave!) because this is an outdoor event, plus a bottle of water. No need to book, just allow yourself plenty of time because the sessions start promptly.

DATES: Saturday 24 September and Sunday 25 September
TIME: 11.30am-12.30pm
VENUE: HerdyHuts, Rydal Hall, Rydal (by the community vegetable garden). From Ambleside, take the A591 and about a mile after leaving the town, take the turning right uphill, signposted ‘Rydal Hall’. Continue uphill past Rydal Hall, around a steep bend, and the HerdyHuts are through a wooden gate on the right. Sat nav postcode: LA22 9LX.
COST: £5, payable at the start of the class.

MORE DETAILS: Call Sarah on 07800 577616. www.herdyhuts.co.uk

Herdy Huts logo

KIRKSTONE CAR PULL: now that’s what we call a Struggle!


Car Pull Gazette

How the Westmorland Gazette website reported the car pull last year

DATE: Sunday 25 September

Last year, a group of women pulled a car up the three-mile rise from Ambleside to Kirkstone Pass – including the fearsome climb known as The Struggle – in just 1 hour 4 minutes and 23 seconds, beating the previous record for this charity car pull by 19 seconds.

Can they do it again? Well, you can watch them, and support them, in this year’s attempt as 30 brave women try to go one better.

The men’s event takes place 30 minutes later.

TIME: 10.30am (women’s pull); 11am (men’s pull)
START FROM: Ambleside Post Office

NOTE: Spectators have to be behind the car for health and safety reasons or at the top of The Struggle as accidents can happen.

For more details, call organiser Dave Reynolds on 015394-44693.

FRED FEST! 6 x £60 of books up for grabs to mark anniversary of book shop


To celebrate 60 years of business, the legendary Fred Holdsworth’s Ambleside Bookshop is hosting a quiz where 6 winners will each win up to £60 worth of books from the bookshop. ENTRY IS FREE.


The Fred Fest Quiz is the brainchild of shop owner Steve Baskerville-Muscutt

Fred's Quiz

The quiz has sections on the Lake District, Literature, and the favourites of bookshop founder Fred Holdsworth


– Pick up a quiz sheet from the shop or download one from the website (www.fredsamblesidebookshop.co.uk) and print it out;
– Fill in your answers by ticking what you think is the right answer from an a) b) or c) option;
– Drop in your completed form to the shop no later than Sunday 25 September, 2016; or
– Post it to the store to make sure it arrives no later than that date. The address is:
Fred Holdsworth Book Shop
Central Buildings
LA22 9BS

HERITAGE TRAIL: Take your own trip around historic Ambleside


Ambleside is awash with historic sites that have shaped the development of the town – or are just very interesting! Now, thanks to a beautifully produced leaflet from Ambleside Civic Trust you can take a tour around town of some of these wonderful locations.

Heritage Trail cover

Front cover of the 8-page folded leaflet, which is a charming souvenir to take home with you

Heritage Trail 1

Spread of pages, including a route map

Heritage Trail 2

The leaflet features lovely line drawings by Simon Kent

The figure-of-eight trail visits How Head, the the oldest building in Ambleside which was built using stone from the old Roman Fort at Galava, and river cobbles.

The Trail starts at Market Cross outside The Hub (tourist information centre/post office), goes along North Road across High Stock Bridge and turns (steep) right up Peggy Hill. It visits Ash Tree CottageWalton Mount and Old School House and the former church of St Anne’s. Down Chapel Hill past Dwarf Hall and How Head to the top of Smithy Brow and down to Rydal Road past the Golden Rule pub and The Old House and Victorian post box. Turn left and visit the Bridge House, cross Stock Beck by Low Stock Bridge and go up Bridge Street to emerge on to North Road again and back to Market Cross.

From here walk down to Dodds Corner at the top of Compston Road, and down the row of Victorian shop fronts to Zeffirellis cinema. Turn into Vicarage Road and down to St Mary’s Church, the tallest building in Ambleside. Out of churchyard (look out for the grave of Charlotte Mason) past White Platts to Church Street. Up Church Street passing a former police station and Victorian boarding houses. At the top of the street on the right is the Old Stamp House (William Wordsworth once worked here) and opposite is a building that was once the oldest grocery in the country (note the cylindrical chimneys).

Turn left into Market Place where the Old Market Hall and Old Courthouse are prominent buildings. Pass the Salutation Hotel to return to the starting point.

Leaflets are available for £1 from the Ambleside Civic Trust display at the Armitt Museum & Library on Rydal Road. The trust will run GUIDED WALKS round part of the trail at 11am and 3pm on Friday 23 September and Saturday 24 September, starting from the museum.

Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm

Click here for the Armitt website.

MOUNTAIN ART: An exhibition mountain images at Cookhouse Gallery


Drop into Cookhouse Gallery on Church Street and take a moment or two to ponder the beauty of the fells from an artist’s perspective.

Cookhouse Gallery

Cookhouse Gallery

An art exhibition celebrating the beauty of the Lakeland fells opens on Thursday 22 September to coincide with Festival of the Fells and will run until Wednesday 5 October. It features artwork from nationally acclaimed mountain artist Jamie Hageman, Lakeland photographer Jon Allison, fell artist Simon Whitfield, popular Lake District artist Jeff Sudders and contemporary artist Sam Martin. Entry is free.

Cookhouse Gallery, a family business, was established in Ambleside in 1981 and has since expanded to include galleries in Bowness, Keswick and Windermere. It offers a wide selection of high-quality originals and fine art prints, many of which are Lake District scenes by local artists. The galleries also stock a selection of landscape photography and contemporary artwork.

DATES: Thursday 22 September-Wednesday 5 October
OPEN: Seven days a week

Cookhouse Scafell Pike

Scafell Pike from Lord’s Rake, by Jamie Hageman

COUNTRY MARKET: Sample the delights of yesteryear


There’s been an Ambleside Country Market in the town since 1959 – and since 1983 it has been held at the St John Ambulance Hall. So why not drop in to check out the availability of home-grown produce, baked goodies, arts and crafts and much more.

Country Market

All the details about this charming weekly event (except that Barclays Bank has now closed –
it’s still the same directions though, just to the left of the Old Market Hall.

DATE: Friday 23 September
TIME: 10am-12pm

Website: www.foodambleside.btck.co.uk

EASE THOSE ACHES AND PAINS: Where to get a massage to deal with those poor muscles!



During the Festival weekend, sports therapist and Born to Run Master coach Paul Tierney will be offering drop-in massage treatments for runners and walkers with tired legs! Just call by the Kelsick Centre in St Mary’s Lane; there will be a list on his door of opening times, and it’s just £10 for a 15 minute treatment.

Or check his website: www.missinglinkfitness.co.uk

CHURCH SERVICE: Celebrating the beautiful part of the world in which we live



St Mary’s Church, Ambleside

A festival celebration service will be held at the parish church of St Mary’s. It will be led by the Rev Beverley Lock, who was welcomed as the new vicar of St Mary’s and Rector of the Loughrigg Team in April this year.

DATE: Sunday 25 September
TIME: 11am 

For more details about Ambleside with Brathay parish, go to www.amblesidechurch.org.uk



by Tom Ramsbottom of Ambleside Photos

Thursday 22 September
Friday 23 September
Saturday 24 September
Sunday 25 September
TIMES: 10.30am to 4.00pm
VENUE: Ambleside Cricket Club (two-thirds of a mile north of Ambleside, just off the A591. Parking available).
Including sale of prints and photo gifts.