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Sunday 19th November, 2023
to Sunday 19th November, 2023
The Box at Kendal Museum - Next to Kendal Museum, Kendal College Arts & Media Campus
11:30am - 11:30am (GMT+0:00) Europe/London (Greenwich Mean Time)
Run time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Event Details

Many of the earliest recreational Lake District ascents were made in the 1790s and 1800s. This autumn, Wordsworth Grasmere is leading the re-creation of three of these pioneering climbs: the soldier and ‘rambler’ Joseph Budworth’s first ascent ‘by a stranger’ of Helm Crag, Grasmere (1792); the Gothic novelist Ann Radcliffe’s influential horseback ride up Skiddaw (1794); and the poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s moonlight traverse of Helvellyn and the Dodds (1800).

This session will present the original exploratory climbs and their re-walkings and show the three short films that were made to celebrate the pioneering adventurers.

Speakers: Professor Simon Bainbridge (Lancaster University); Dr Penny Bradshaw (Cumbria University); Jeff Cowton MBE (Wordsworth Grasmere); Dr Paul Davies (Wordsworth Grasmere).

In association with Wordsworth Grasmere and Lancaster University