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Scafell Pike: Lake District National Park

Event will take place in England.

Scafell Pike, in the Lake District National Park, at 978 metres, is England’s highest mountain and war memorial, and is cared for by the National Trust as a result of a gift after the war.

Taking inspiration from the unique history and geology of Scafell Pike, patterns will be created in the landscape at dusk with specially created low-impact Geolights, carried by participants called Lumenators.

If you’re interested in becoming a Lumenator you can hear from our Finale Director Mark Murphy here as he explains the creative vision behind the finale.

This event will form part of a series of extraordinary outdoor finale artworks that will be captured on camera for a short film, which will be broadcast to millions of people in a primetime BBC Countryfile special and available online on BBC iPlayer later this year. The short film will also be available later through Green Space Dark Skies’ own channels.

Below is some practical information to help you to make your decision to join us and book your place.

If you are part of or know a community group who would like to take part, please contact our Participation Coordinator, Jeanette Edgar at netteedgar@me.com.

Event information

How much time will I need to commit?

From arrival to departure, you will be at our Base Camp and on the mountain for about ten hours from 12 noon to 10pm.

Will I be going to the summit?

The event location will be high up in the mountain. However, to ensure the safety of all participants, only a small team of trained climbers and mountaineers will be going to the summit of each mountain.

How will I get there and back?

To reduce carbon footprint and because there is very limited parking near to Scafell Pike, we will be running an extensive free park and ride minibus scheme. Full details of this will be provided after you sign-up.

How fit do I need to be and how far do I have to climb?

A person with average fitness could take part. The total round-trip distance, including the walking you will do to make patterns for the film, is 10km or 6.5 miles. About 720 metres of this is uphill though steady walking will get you there.

Filming takes place at dusk - does this mean we come down the mountain when it is dark?

Yes, the descent from the mountain will be well after the sun sets, so the descent will require the use of a headtorch. If you own one, bring it, but if not then we will lend you one. The mountain guides will ensure you don’t get lost on the way down.

Is it dangerous?

There will be a team of professional mountain guides to look after your safety and welfare. There are good paths for most of the ascent and descent. We’ll make sure you won’t get lost!

What kit and clothing will I need?

Filming takes place at dusk, as day turns to dark, so you will need warm clothing and plenty of layers. A waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers and waterproof shoes or boots with a good grip are all essential, and you’ll need a small rucksack too. You will be provided with a full list of what to bring and advice about what to wear after you have signed up.

Will food and drink be available?

At the foot of each mountain, we will create a Base Camp. Here you will be able to have food and drinks, and have access to facilities including toilets. Base Camp is also where we will be briefing you, where you will collect your Geolight and where you will be rehearsing simple movements before we move onto the mountain.

Can I invite my family, friends, sports team, group or others?

Yes, you can book places for up to 10 people by clicking the link below. Children aged 14-18 can take part, though will need to be accompanied by an adult guardian and have previous experience of mountain walking. As the events are taking place at dusk and in mountainous terrain, the Finale events are not suitable for younger children.

If you have further queries, you can email us at info@greenspacedarkskies.uk

By signing up to take part, am I giving consent to be filmed?

The Finale will be featured in a BBC Countryfile special programme to be televised in Autumn 2022. The short film that Green Space Dark Skies is making about the Finale will be included within the Countryfile programme. By taking part in Finale film-shoots, you may appear on the Green Space Dark Skies film and/or in the BBC Countryfile programme.

By signing up to become a Lumenator in the Finale, you are providing consent to Green Space Dark Skies, led by Walk the Plank, as part of UNBOXED: Creativity in the UK and also to the BBC under the Copyright, Designs and Patent Act 1988. This allows the partners above to incorporate any recording, or part thereof, in which you appear in vision and/or sound into the Finale film(s), and with the right to use, and to licence others to use, any such recording in all media, and for marketing and communications purposes now or in the future. The Finale film will be filmed by CC-Lab.

Any other questions?

Check out the Finale FAQs here or email info@greenspacedarkskies.uk

Event accessibility

The path up to Scafell Pike are not suitable for wheelchairs (including all-terrain ones). If you use a walking frame it is very unlikely you will be able to safely negotiate the paths which have some very large stone steps for many hundreds of vertical metres.

A single file line of hikers make a climb up a mountain path with a lake in the far distance

About Scafell Pike & the Lake District National Park

Lake District National Park is famous for its stunning scenery, abundant wildlife and cultural heritage. England’s largest National Park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017, recognising its dramatic farmed landscape, inspiring people to love and appreciate the place, leading to the birth of the global conservation movement.

The Park is home to Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain, Wastwater – its deepest lake, and thriving communities like Keswick and Bowness-on-Windermere.

Scafell Pike is a very fragile environment and is under pressure from hundreds of thousands of visitors each year.

Although it may look like the mountain and the paths look after themselves they don’t, and in fact they are in constant need of management and repair. The National Trust (together with Fix the Fells) provides ongoing remedial work to reduce erosion, protect the natural environment and ensure future generations continue to enjoy this much-loved mountain.

Held at places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty, looked after by National Trust

FULLY BOOKED

This event is currently fully booked.

If there is a waiting list available for this event, you can join this by clicking the buttons which may appear below. Once added we will let you know if and when spaces become available.

If you are a community group interested in participating, please email us at info@greenspacedarkskies.uk

Photos do not show the exact locations of the events. To protect these amazing places, the exact locations will only be revealed to the people who have registered to take part. There will be no spectators, but anyone can take part as long as they sign up in advance.

Each event will depend on the confirmation of landowner permissions, approval of event plans and local stakeholder engagement and therefore event locations and dates may be subject to change.