The lights of walkers' torches are reflected in Buttermere. Photo: Carmen Norman Photography

The lights of walkers' torches are reflected in Buttermere. Photo: Carmen Norman Photography

Forty hardy walkers lit up a Lake District ridge to help a charity that supports young people tackling expeditions in the great outdoors.

Professional photographers captured the sight of the trail of lights on Fleetwith Pike on Saturday evening.

Lakeland Festival of Light organiser Matt Le Voi 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.”

Previous events have seen large numbers of headtorch-bearing walkers illuminate Cat Bells, Barrow, Stile End and Outerside, as well as Striding Edge on Helvellyn.

The photography team spread itself out across the area around Buttermere for Saturday’s event, each with their own vision as to how they wanted to capture the spectacle.

Nick Landells of Lakeland Photo Walks dragged 17kg of camera equipment on to 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 lakeshore and captured the flood of light spilling in to the lake as well as beaming off of the hills.

Cumbria Youth Alliance will benefit to the tune of £1,200 from funds raised by participants. The cash will be used for the charity’s 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.”

Mr Le Voi said: “As always, these events wouldn’t happen without the support of friends, families, colleagues and local businesses.

“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 marshals who helped keep everyone safe and happy as well as to Honister Slate Mine for letting us kick the event off from their site.”

This year’s three Lakeland Festival of Light events have raised more than £13,000 for charity. Organisers are planning another illumination of Cat Bells in May 2019.

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