Raven’s Pit

On Friday the 25th of July, The National Trust and Mountain Heritage Trust invite you to Raven’s Pit, a night of fire, ale and tall tales of climbing heritage at the Sticklebarn, Langdale.

Stoking the fire will be the infamous Lakeland stalwarts Dave Birkett, James McHaffie, and Adam Hocking, compered by a sorry southerner, Andy Kirkpatrick.


The evening will start with music at the fire pit from 8pm, before the Langdale tales begin at 9, followed by a short, sharp quiz on Lakeland rock. The night is free, just turn up, drink and heckle where inappropriate.

We are keen to take contributions of questions for the quiz, no matter how subversive and we also need to collect images of Langdale climbing through the decades, of any quality. If you would like to contribute either please send to claire@mountain-heritage.org.

This event launches a partnership between the National Trust and Mountain Heritage Trust which aims to highlight the richness of our climbing history and culture and its great stories through a dynamic series of ‘live heritage’ events at the Sticklebarn.

The Raven’s Pit is just one part of a greater event, Kendal Mountain Festival’s inaugural foray into summer fun! ‘On The Edge’ is also in partnership with the National Trust, and the weekend long programme explores the theme of technology in the outdoors – resented by some, keenly received by others! A fringe version of the traditional outdoor social meet of the year, ‘On The Edge’ will screen some of the best films of KMF history along side speakers such as Ella Kirkpatrick and Nigel Vardy, and workshops on the theme.

Come along to ‘The History of Image Making in the Outdoors’ with photographer Henry Iddon and the MHT, or ‘The Outdoor Kitchen’ with backcountry gourmet Kieran Creevy to name a few! KMF have also invited some of the leading technological developers of the outdoor industry to demonstrate on their research. Petzl will present on lighting and saftey and Garmin on navigation technology among others.

This is an event for the whole family, with wet weather, tired children, or over energetic adult options on all day. Get your festival ticket and camping at the On The Edge website, tickets are limited.