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Walking Event, Fri 21 - Sun 23 Jun 2019, £5-£15

Light the Lakes 2019

Light the Lakes 2019

This event will inspire you with some of the best scenery the UK has to offer, The tranquility and humbleness watching the flares light up, is a memory that will be treasured throughout your life. Pick a Peak at


The father of Light the Lakes, retired PS Ian Davis, organised the first event on 28th April 2012, where some 594 Police Officers, colleagues and friends climbed Wainwright peaks in the Lake District to raise money to support the orphaned children of murdered Surrey DC Heather Cooper. The event raised in excess £30,000.

Following what had been a devastating number of years for the police family, Ian decided to continue the format in aid of the charity COPS (Care of Police Survivors). The dream of Ian has always been to cover all 214 Wainwright fells to light lamps in honour of our fallen colleagues. Whilst the 2012 event was the closest Ian came to reaching this goal, it has not stopped him trying.

In May 2015, Ian announced he was stepping down from organising the main event. He continues to participate and is keen to embark of different peaks.

One of Ian’s strong supporters was previous Chief Constable of Cumbria Stuart Hyde, who himself has publicly applauded the efforts of Ian Davis in starting the event and keeping the momentum going.

In 2016 Wainwrights Beer began to sponsor the event whilst a team inspired by Ian’s passion took over the running, with an ambition to reach a wider audience. The team now consists of DS Vinny Wagjiani, DS Gary Hutchings, PS Wayne Carter, Laura Darby and Tomasz Czerko.

Whilst the team may have changed over the years, the passion and determination to remember those we have lost in the Police service has not.

Wainwrights Beer continue to support the event and we are seeing year-on-year growth in attendance. The 2018 event was particularly successful and with it being a very clear night climbers were able to see many peaks around them being lit. Light the Lakes has fostered a hunger in people to find an inspirational peak for their next challenge.

Lighting those peaks is a time of reflection for our Police family. Many of us have lost friends and colleagues and Light the Lakes gives us a chance to continue to remember them by lighting that blue flare.

The Police family are of course also part of their local communities and Light the Lakes is therefore an event for everyone. In 2018 we saw parents and children camping up on the fells, whilst friends and family members climbed alongside their police colleagues.

Now Vinny and the team have begun planning Light the Lakes 2019 and want to make it even better. Please join us for Light the Lakes 2019 to try and get many more Peaks lit up across the Wainwright fells and to raise money for COPS (Care of Police Survivors).

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 21 - Sun 23 Jun 2019
Participants usually collect their welcome packs that have been purchased on 21/06/2019 and head towards their climb later that day in readiness for lighting their flare in the early hours of 22/06/2019. They then descend down and get some much needed rest before meeting at Brathay Hall for the opportunity to meet with all those that took part for some food and drink that can be purchased.


The cost to reserve a peak is £5 and further details about this can be found on the website.

Welcome packs will be available for purchase and all money goes to charity which is likely to cost no more that £15.


  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted

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Fri 21 - Sun 23 Jun Light the Lakes 2019
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Brathay Hall,
LA22 0HP


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