Four fun festivals from Cornwall to Northumberland

Posted by Tony Ryan on 01/09/2013
Bang on for a sizzling time: your local climbing or walking festival.
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V Festival might think it’s clever holding its music festival in two locations over the same weekend, but BMC volunteers can top that, so we’re putting on three festivals in one September weekend, and adding another later in the month for good measure.

During the first weekend of September you can choose between climbing on the Culm coast of Devon / Cornwall, the glorious Gower peninsula in South Wales, and Northumberland’s Crag Lough sitting directly under historic Hadrian’s Wall. The following weekend it’s the turn of the BMC-owned Wilton Quarry in Lancashire to showcase its attractions.

Here’s what’s happening:

Cornish Climbing Festival (6-8 Sep)
Following the success of the 2012 Cornish Climbing Festival in West Cornwall, the BMC’s team of volunteers in the South West has decided to host another weekend of climbing and socialising; this time the venue will be the North Cornwall / Devon border.  The festival will be based in Morwenstow, with reduced rate camping at the Woodview Campsite and evening activities at the Bush Inn. Everyone is welcome, so head to the Culm Coast.

More info on the BMC Local Areas site
Connect with the BMC South West Area on Facebook
 

Gower Climbing Festival (6-8 Sep)
Join us for a weekend of climbing on the wild and beautiful Gower peninsula. The festival, organised by the BMC's local team in South Wales, is now in its fifth year and is well established in the BMC calendar for climbers from all over the UK.  Festival HQ will be Pitton Cross campsite, Rhossili.

More info on the BMC Local Areas site
Visit the Gower Climbing Festival website
Connect with BMC Cymru Wales on Facebook
 

Crag Lough Clean-up Festival (7-8 Sep)
Continuing last year’s sterling work, the Crag Lough Clean-up Festival returns in 2013. Crag Lough sits immediately below Hadrian's Wall, and is one of Northumberland's finest low to mid-grade crags. Saturday will be spent cleaning routes, with an evening BBQ courtesy of the BMC.  On Sunday, you can enjoy climbing the newly cleaned routes. Come along and get involved – everyone is welcome, whether you are a local or just up for the weekend.

More info on the BMC Local Areas site
C
onnect with the BMC North East Area on Facebook
 

WiltonFest (14-15 Sep)
The first ever "WiltonFest" is a celebration of the fantastic climbing that the Wilton Quarries have to offer. Based in the BMC's own Wilton 1, on Saturday there will be free tea/coffee all day, a free BBQ in the evening, and a wonderful prize raffle…and lots of climbing at the BMC's premier owned crag! Come along, meet new people, camp over in Wilton and enjoy some more climbing on Sunday.

More info on the BMC Local Areas site
Connect with the BMC North West Area on Facebook 
 



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Anonymous User
06/08/2013
it is good to see that after the last issue and questionaire about what the bmc needs to do more for walkers,none of these events are for walkers . well done the bmc for yet another pointless performance.
Carey Davies(staff comment)
09/08/2013
Hello,

These festivals have been organised by BMC volunteers and grassroots activists with support from the BMC office. In the cases above the local volunteers have chosen to organise climbing festivals.

Local areas are also welcome to organise festivals with a walking focus, and will also receive BMC support. There have been two such festivals this year - the Lakes Mountaineering Festival (http://community.thebmc.co.uk/Event.aspx?id=2837) and the North East Walking and Climbing Festival (http://community.thebmc.co.uk/Event.aspx?id=2917).

If any BMC volunteers are looking to host a festival in their area with a walking dimension, as Hill Walking Development Officer I will be very happy to provide help and support. You can get in touch with me via the community site.

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