Festival of Light Comes to Fleetwith Pike

A charity event was held in Buttermere over the weekend, where a team of volunteers from the Lakeland Festival of Light illuminated Fleetwith Pike at night. The Festival's trademark light trails have become something of a Lake District institution in recent years, with many thousands of pounds raised so far.

The team created a light trail on Fleetwith Edge  © Nick Landells Lakeland Photo Walks
The team created a light trail on Fleetwith Edge
© Nick Landells Lakeland Photo Walks

On the evening of Saturday 27th October the team pulled off another night time spectacle, placing over 40 volunteers on Fleetwith Edge, the north west facing ridge of Fleetwith Pike.

Event organiser Matt Le Voi of Lakeland Mountain Guides said:

"We couldn't have asked for clearer skies at the start of the evening and apart from a cool northerly wind we had a great feeling about what we were going to achieve on the night. We've wanted to capture the procession of people on Fleetwith Pike for a few years now but knew we could only do it with a smaller group of people, and it worked!"

As well as Matt Le Voi, the event team is made up of four local professional photographers. The photography team spread themselves out across the valley, each with their own idea of how they wanted to capture the spectacle. Nick Landells of Lakeland Photo Walks dragged 17kg of camera equipment onto the peak of Robinson and Harry Baker took to photographing the event from his drone above Buttermere Village. Tom Mcnally and Carmen Norman pitched up on the lake shore to capture the flood of light reflecting on the water.

Fleetwith Pike from Buttermere
© Carmen Norman Photography

The event was put on in aid of local charity Cumbria Youth Alliance (CYA) and over £1200 was raised to go towards their Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme.

Nick Landells, who is also a member of the Cumbria Youth Alliance team said:

"The money will go a long way towards helping the many different requirements of our busy DofE Award programme, from kit updates to running the award. CYA focuses on helping young people reach their full potential, particularly those who may be disadvantaged. There is no doubt about how important something like the DofE award programme is towards helping them achieve this."

The event on Saturday night was the third and final of the year and brings the 2018 fundraising efforts by the Lakeland Festival of Light team to over £13,000 for various charities. The next event is to take place on Catbells on 4th May 2019.

"As always these events wouldn't happen without the support of friends, families, colleagues and local businesses" said Matt Le Voi.

"Apart from thanking the 40 brave folks for attending this late autumn event, my utmost gratitude has to go to the amazing team of volunteer marshalls who helped keep everyone safe and happy as well as to Honister Slate Mine for letting us kick the event off from their site."

For more information on future events in the Lakeland Festival of Light series, or to make a donation or buy an image, see here

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