Damson Day Country Fair 2016 is a marvellous day out in the country to help celebrate the unique damson orchards of the Lyth Valley. There will be live music, hot food, real ale, craft demonstrations, Kendal bowmen, dog agility displays, orchard advice, blossom walks, Morris dancers and many stalls.
You will need to register when you arrive and registration will be open from 7am at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel. At registration you will collect your food stop wristband and timing chip. On the day the start times are between 8am and 09:30am, you choose your own start time but a maximum of 20 riders are able to start every 2 minutes. The start has to be controlled in this manner for safety reason for both public and riders. Slower riders should start early to account for the extra time required to complete the distance and faster riders should start towards the end of the field to avoid early arrival at food stops. The finish is the same location as the start.
Starting and finishing at Staveley Recreation Ground (LA8 9LN), the NEW! 5km Kentmere Sport Trail, 10km Kentmere Trail Run, 17km Kentmere Trail Race and 17km Kentmere Trail Challenge courses follow well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of most of the southern Lakeland fells. The trail climbs out from Staveley above the Kentmere valley, before returning along the valley itself past idyllic tarns and through ancient woodland, climbing Reston Scar before the descent back into Staveley village. Underfoot conditions are quite variable and there's a bit of everything! Short sections of tarmac, grassy footpaths, stony bridleways with some stiles to climb over near the end, all add to the unique nature of the event.