Post in collaboration with Blacks
As I sit here typing this, I can’t believe that we are so close to September. It’s been a manic couple of months and I’m not sure where the time has gone.
One of the things that you may have done over the summer holidays is to go camping. Or you may be thinking about going next year, or even with this heatwave expected to continue, be pondering a weekend break back to nature.
I have to confess, I’m not the greatest camper. I coped with camping for the Spitfire Scramble. I actually enjoyed camping as part of the festival experience in my teens, notably Reading Festival. In more recent times, Keswick Mountain Festival has been on my radar, combining outdoor adventures with a line up of speakers and musicians, including Mel C of Spice Girls fame.
The Lake District is a beautiful part of the country, despite the current dramas of Northern Trains making travel there difficult.
For music lovers looking for an active travel weekend away, Keswick Mountain Festival is a great pick. Festival goers can choose to enjoy the music in beautiful surroundings, or get involved with some of the activities on offer, including open water swims, trail races, or even trying something new such as canoeing. There’s also plenty for the kids to do, so this can be a real family weekend away. Rose will be old enough to enjoy it next year, so I’m considering a family trip (17-19 May 2019). The KMF 3 Peaks is something that I am eying up next year, especially now I have a good pair of hiking boots, ankle recovery pending of course!
Other plus points include the proximity to town, always handy if you forget anything or need some extra camping equipment, showers, plus the selection of food on offer. Festival noodles are a thing of the past with things like wood-fire pizza now readily available. Perfect for carb loading if you decide to race too!
While festival season may be over, it isn’t too late to start planning for next year, or even try to fit in a short camping break before we say goodbye to summer. Here are a few of my tips, from a self-confessed mud dodger.
Are you a camper? What are your top tips for camping and attending festivals?