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Outdoor Event, Sat 1 Apr 2017

An April Folly

An April Folly


Are you ready for a touch of April madness?

If so, then come along to Claife Heights Viewing Station on April 1st and watch a team of volunteers from the climbing community carry a grand piano up to the viewing station, in memory of 2 friends who lost their lives in the Scottish Highlands.

The ‘ascending scale’ of the piano will take place at 11am from the gates, if you would like to cheer the climbers on.
This feat of human strength and endurance will be followed by a performance of original classical piano transcriptions by Robert Richmond, aka ‘The Maestro’, with film accompaniment, amidst the stunning scenery of Lake Windermere.

The event is to honour the memory of young climbers, Rachel Slater and Tim Newton, who tragically lost their lives in an avalanche on Ben Nevis a year ago.

All profits will go jointly to Coniston Mountain Rescue and Lochaber Mountain Rescue who searched for the missing climbers for 38 days and provided comfort and support to the grief-stricken parents at this terrible time. The mountain rescue services rely on public support in order to maintain their invaluable community service.

Please support this worthy cause. For more information, follow us on Facebook: GrandProjectUK

National Trust PropertyOn-site cateringPicnic sitePublic toiletsAccepts groups

Children welcomeDogs accepted

Event details

Dates Times
Sat 1 Apr 2017
11:00am Piano carrying
02.00pm Recital


Entry by donation to Mountain Rescue.

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Sat 1 Apr An April Folly
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Shirley Richmond

01253 810536


Far Sawrey,
LA22 0LW


The entrance to Claifew Viewing Station is 200 yards from the ferry landing on the west shore of Windermere.

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 3 miles from Windermere station


  • National Trust PropertyNational Trust Property
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
  • YesDrop-off point for guests outside entrance
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas steps and no ramp


  • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
    • YesGluten free (coeliacs)
    • YesNut free
    • YesVegetarian


  • Claife Viewing Station, although there is a café and covered seating area as part of the site, is largely an outdoors site.


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 1
      Number of steps to entrance


  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children

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