Walkers in action during last year's Blencathra event. Photo: Andrew James Galloway

Walkers in action during last year's Blencathra event. Photo: Andrew James Galloway

A group of mountain guides plans to light up a Lake District fell to raise cash for Nepal earthquake victims.

The Catbells Festival of Light will follow last year’s successful torchlit walk up Blencathra organised by Lakeland Mountain Guides.

Matt Le Voi of the group said the aim is to hold a bigger and better event and light up the spine of Cat Bells, the diminutive hill described by author Alfred Wainwright as ‘one of the great favourites, a family fell where grandmothers and infants can climb the heights together’.

Proceeds from the event will go to Community Action Nepal, the charity backed by Britain’s joint first Everest summiteer Doug Scott.

Professional photographers hope to capture the event in April, with people wearing headtorches. Outdoors brand Petzl will be on hand to lend its models to participants and Lakeland Walker magazine and Cotswold Outdoor’s Keswick store are also supporting the event.

Mr Le Voi said: “As long as the weather plays ball it has the potential to be an epic evening on the fells, and with over 400 people already signed up to take part the atmosphere will be electric.

“If you combine recommended donation figures with the level of participants already, we are set to smash our total of £5,000 from last year, but I’m sure we could decimate it.”

The organisers said: “We will have photographers in strategic locations ready to snap the shot, which will subsequently be sold for the charity. Once this shot has been taken, those that wish to summit Cat Bells can, and a second photo will be taken of this congregation.”

The event is planned for Saturday, 23 April. Participants will walk from Cotswold’s Keswick store via Portinscale to the fell. Organisers are suggesting a minimum donation of £20 for adult participants, and £10 for children. More details are on the Lakeland Mountain Guides website.

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