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Literary Event, Thu 8 Nov 2018

KMLF: Max Leonard – Higher Calling

KMLF: Max Leonard – Higher Calling



    Why do road cyclists go to the mountains? What is it about the high peaks that inspires us and why do we love something so hard?

    Max Leonard’s Higher Calling is an exploration of the central place of mountains in the folklore of road cycling, the mystique that surrounds climbers and why amateurs feel compelled to follow them.

    What do we see and feel when riding in the mountains? What do they take, and what do they give back? And why are there even roads there in the first place?

    Interweaving adventure, travel and nature writing with the rich history of the Grand Tours and the riders who conquered the iconic cols, Max Leonard drives snowploughs, tends to sheep, breaks into bunkers and encounters stories of courage and sacrifice, war, obsession and elephants along the way.

    “Beautifully written and multi-faceted, [Higher Calling] elegantly ranges from the personal to the historical to the geographic and even to the macabre. An exploration of an obsession that brings us closer to the world of mountaineering than cycling at many points.” - PEZ Cycling News

    'Higher Calling' by Max Leonard, published by Yellow Jersey will be available to buy at our bookshop over the weekend.

    Event details

    Dates Times
    Thu 8 Nov 2018 14:30 to 16:00




    • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
    • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
    • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
    • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
    • Education/study areaEducation/study area
    • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
    • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
    • Gift shopGift shop
    • On-site cateringOn-site catering
    • Public toiletsPublic toilets
    • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
    • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
    • Accepts groupsAccepts groups

    Picnic site nearby. Free admission to The Bakestone cafe at Abbot Hall.


    Kendal Mountain Literature Festival


    Abbot Hall,
    LA9 5AL


    Plan route to Abbot Hall Art Gallery using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

    Map reference: SD 517921  Lat: 54.32298 Long: -2.74388

    From M6 jct 36 take A590 to Kendal. Come off dual-carriageway at Kendal south. Follow signs into town, Abbot Hall is well signed, next to Parish church.

    Just a short walk from Kendal Train Station. Swap onto the Lakes Line from Oxenholme and alight at Kendal.

    Parking: with charge

    Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Kendal station

    Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


    • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to restaurant / cafe
    • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds), or access by ramp or lift to the toilets
    • YesLevel access (ie no steps or thresholds) or access by ramp to a specially adapted toilet for wheelchair users
    • Restaurant / cafe provide meals for visitors with special dietary requirements:
      • YesVegetarian
      • YesVegan
    • YesBaby changing facilities
    • YesRestaurant / café well lit and suitable for people with sight impairments
    • YesHigh chairs for children
    • YesChildren's menu
    • YesAudible alarm system

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