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Literary Event, Sun 18 Nov 2018

KMLF: The Great Gift of Freedom

KMLF: The Great Gift of Freedom


In partnership with the National Trust and the Fell & Rock Climbing Club, Kendal Mountain Festival presents a unique event about the Great Gift War Memorial.

Amid the terrible carnage of the First World War, the Fell & Rock Climbing Club lost 20 of its members. To this venerable club, started in 1906, this was a grievous blow and a decision was made by the surviving members to raise funds, purchase land and gift 12 Lakeland summits to the nation as a War Memorial.

In 1923 the title deeds to 3,000 acres of high fells including Lingmell, Broad Crag, Great End, Seathwaite Fell, Allen Crags, Glaramara, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Green Gable, Base Brown, Brandreth and Grey Knotts were donated to the National Trust to hold for "the use and enjoyment of the people of our land for all time". And on 8 June 1924, 500 climbers, hill walkers and local residents gathered on the summit of Great Gable to unveil a bronze memorial plaque to those 20 members. Read more on the National Trust's commemorations HERE

In this centenary year the National Trust was keen to develop ways of commemorating the War Memorial gift, and over three summer weekends 60 hardy singers climbed a total of 25 miles and 3,000 metres of ascent to perform a specially commissioned song on every peak. The choir was named ‘The Fellowship of Hill, and Wind, and Sunshine’ after the speech made by poet and mountaineer Geoffrey Winthrop Young at that Great Gable ceremony in 1924.

In partnership with the National Trust and the Fell & Rock Climbing Club, Kendal Mountain Festival presents a unique event about the War Memorial. Hosted by Paul Rose, fresh from his BBC series about The Lakes, the event will feature a portrayal of the War Memorial story by Dr Jonathan Westaway, Research Fellow at the University of Central Lancashire specialising in the histories of mountaineering, mountain environments and exploration. There will be contributions from FRCC members Sir Chris Bonington, and Richard Hargreaves, great-nephew of Geoffrey Winthrop Young. Plus the Fellowship of Hill, and Wind, and Sunshine Choir will perform on stage, led by Cumbrian songwriter, musician and teacher, Dave Camlin. We’ll also hear from the team of National Trust rangers and volunteers who restored the huge Scafell Pike summit cairn, camping and working in all weathers.

Truly an event not to be missed, especially with the Festival occurring so soon after the Armistice centenary. And for every ticket sold, Kendal Mountain Festival will donate £2.00 to 'Fix the Fells’ partnership.

Event details

Dates Times
Sun 18 Nov 2018 14:00 to 15:30


£2.00 - For every ticket sold, Kendal Mountain Festival will donate £2.00 to Fix the Fells


  • 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
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Telephone (public)Telephone (public)
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality

Something for all ages and abilities, lots of great value, fun family activities available all year round.


Kendal Mountain Literature Festival


Burton Road,


Plan route to Kendal Leisure Centre using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: SD 519913  Lat: 54.31581 Long: -2.73937

Burton Road is part of the A65.
From South A591. Take first turn into Kendal. Take Right at first traffic lights, Right at roundabout, on left side of Burton Road.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 1 mile from Oxenholme station

Self-Assessed Accessibility Details


  • YesDesignated parking for guests with disabilities
    • YesWithin 50 metres approx. of entrance
  • The surface of the car park and pathway leading to entrance:
    • Yesis solid
  • The route from the parking area to the entrance:
    • YesHas a ramp
    • YesHas steps and no ramp

Public Areas

  • Level access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift:
    • YesFrom the entrance to reception / ticket area
    • YesTo a specially adapted public toilet suitable for wheelchair users
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesLift equipped with raised floor numbers or braille numbers or letters
  • YesContrast markings on clear surfaces such as glass doors
  • YesBaby changing facilities
  • YesVisitor information available in large print (14pt and over)
  • YesHearing loop installed in public areas


  • YesHearing loop system
  • YesSeating available for visitors with limited mobility
  • YesClear signage
  • YesEffective lighting for visually impaired visitors
  • YesGood colour/tonal contrast for visually impaired visitors
  • YesRoutes/pathways suitable for wheelchair users or visitors with limited mobility
  • YesDisplays at suitable height for wheelchair users / children
  • YesAudible alarm system
  • YesVisual alarm system


  • YesSteps to the main entrance
    • 11
      Number of steps to entrance
    • YesHandrail by steps
  • YesRamp to entrance
    • YesHandrail by ramp
  • YesEntrance is well lit
  • YesAutomatic door at the main entrance


  • YesLevel access (no steps/thresholds) or access by ramp or lift to cafeteria
  • YesGood contrast between the floor and walls
  • YesSeating suitable for wheelchair users, ie moveable and good height for person sitting in a wheelchair
  • YesHigh chairs for children

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