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Fell Running Exhibition - Feb to Dec 2024 at The Armitt, Ambleside

The Armitt Museum and Library

A museum, gallery, and library full of interesting and unusual objects telling the history and heritage of Ambleside, its people, and the surrounding Lake District landscape. Tickets to visit the museum and exhibitions can be booked online via the website or alternatively at the museum's visitor reception. Please explore some of the key series of collections here and we look forward to welcoming you and helping you explore the heritage of the Lakeland world.

Entry to the The Armitt

Adults £6 (with/without gift aid)
Students £4
Children (under 16) Free
Friends of the Armitt Free

Museum Association and Art Fund Members Free

Adult admission comes with entry again for 12 months.

Museum Hours

April to October:
Wednesday - Sunday 10am - 5pm (last admission 4:30pm)

November to December:
Wednesday - Saturday 10:30am - 4:30pm (last admission 4pm)

Also open on the first Tuesday of every month.

Events at the Armitt

There will be certain events that require you to book a ticket online, you'll be able to find them here when they are active.

Feet in the Clouds, Twenty Years On

On 6th June 2024 - 18:00 - 19:30 at The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library

In 2004, Richard Askwith published Feet in the Clouds: a personal memoir of fell running and obsession that was also the first book to introduce the sport to a general audience, beyond the mountainous north-west. Some say fell running hasn’t been the same since. Twenty years on, the author reflects on two decades of change – and explains why he still can’t resist the call of the fells.

Adult ticket £15.00, Child ticket £7.00

Feet in the Clouds, Twenty Years On

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A History of Fell Running in the Lake District with Joseph Ritson

On 18th June 2024 - 18:00 - 19:30 at The Armitt: Museum, Gallery, Library

Our "Running Int' Fells" theme for June is "Past to Present" and we continue with a talk by a local fell runner who has trained and raced on the Lake District fells for over 50 years.

This talk by Joseph Ritson will take you through the history of fell running in the Lake District, starting with some of the early walkers and guides, through the challenges and guides races, to some of the key individuals that have made headlines for the sport. It is an excellent commentary and accompaniment to the exhibition.

Adult ticket £15.00, Child ticket £7.00

A History of Fell Running in the Lake District with Joseph Ritson

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More Running Events

Getting to the Exhibition

The Armitt Museum, Gallery, Library, Ambleside, Cumbria LA22 9BL

Accessble by Bus: only £2 per person per single trip until Dec 31st 2024. Plan your journey

The exhibition runs in the Armitt Museum and Library in Ambleside from February to December 2024.

While there are plenty of car parks in the town, including one with a toilet block right opposite the museum, they tend to get filled up quickly, especially at weekends and during the summer school holiday periods.

As a suggestion to those wishing to come along to the exhibition or one of the other events taking place, take the bus.

In this example, we look at travelling from Keswick.

Currently, bus fares in Cumbria are capped at £2 per person per journey. When you consider that car parking in Ambleside for 2 hours is around £3 to £4 and for 4 hours is £5 to £6.50, maybe the bus with no hassle of parking is a decent option.

Also, since quite a few of you might fancy a visit plus a run on fells, how about this idea?

If you are travelling from Keswick, then leave the car in Keswick. If you plan your parking correctly, there are a few places where you could park a car in and around Keswick for free. Brundholme Road, near the Skiddaw Path, is one.

There is an option of parking a car free in one of the laybys or pulling off on the side of the A591 on the way to Ambleside, such as just after Kings Head at Thirlspot or on the other side of Dunmill Raise.

The right car is parked. Then hop on the 555 bus from outside Booths supermarket (or close to your parked car on A591). These run regularly, and a check on the Stagecoach website or app will give you all the details.

The next question is: Should we run before or after a visit to the exhibition?

Well, I suppose this depends on how you feel about it during the day. For this example, we'll assume you decided to visit the exhibition first, then have a bit of food or drink in an Ambleside cafe.

So a quick look at the Stagecoach App will give you an idea of where a 555 bus could pick you up from the A591 route, Ambleside to Keswick.

Next up is how far you would like to run to catch the bus.

Ideas are up over Loughrigg, onto Silver How, and into Grasmere. Around 10k

Or maybe a longer run up to Hard Crag, over to Fairfield, and down via Grisedale Tarn to Dunmill Raise. Around 13.5k

Or, shorter, a run either under Loughrigg by the side of Rydal and onto Grassmere or along the coffin route behind Rydal Hall and into Grassmere. Around 8k.

There are a lot of choices in distance and climbing you can plan, but you are a fell runner so it's a good training run.

Just make sure you do not miss the last bus!

Come to see, hear and feel so much more at The Armitt in Ambleside throughout 2024

Exhibition Contributors

  • The Armitt
  • VOOM Nutrition
  • KONG Running
  • The Climbers Shop
  • Ultra Magazine
  • Site by Jumpy James