The Great Outdoors. There’s nothing quite like it. The mountains, the lakes, the rivers and streams, the flora and fauna – all are reasons why nearly 20 million visitors come to the Lake District each year*.
It’s the scenery, and the peace and quiet that attracts many, but there is also the appeal of exploring the landscape – the pull of the fells.
Advancing out into the clean air of the mountains and countryside, over rocky, rough, undulating, and unruly terrain, not only works out the body, but it works out the mind too. By exploring the histories of popular outdoor activities well associated with the Lake District – fell walking, climbing, mountaineering – we can discover the stories and the impacts that these activities had on people then, and how they still resonate today, hundreds of years later.
This exhibition aims to showcase how being active outdoors can truly provide a long-lasting, positive effect upon people, and how the history and heritage of these activities are intrinsically linked with the Lake District. In a time when the coronavirus pandemic made getting outside more difficult, never has it been so crucial to show how the outdoors improves not just physical health, but mental wellbeing too.
The Armitt shares the emotions of everyday people in this exhibition, and we have worked collaboratively with other organisations, such as the local Mountain Rescue Team and Blackdog Outdoors – a charity that promotes outdoor exercise to improve mental health and wellbeing – to begin to discover these stories.
We invite you to explore the history of fell walking, rock climbing, and mountaineering in the Lakes, discovering how the natural landscape has inspired people today, and we hope you’ll leave your own tales about why you are drawn to the fells.
Discover more about mountaineering on our collections page here.
*STEAM 2018: Cumbria Tourism
POSTER DESIGN BY TOM MARTLEW – COMPETITION WINNER
EXHIBITION DESIGN BY MR CREATIVE
THE PULL OF THE FELLS
ENDS DECEMBER 2022
6 April – 30 October 2022:
Wednesday – Sunday
10am – 5pm
last entry at 4:30pm
THINGS NOT TO MISS!
Historical items from the Fell & Rock Climbing Club archive
Plus, don’t forget to take part in our museum trail. Can you help Lucy find everything she needs for her first fell walk? Collect a walking bag from reception and see if you can hunt all the items down.
Discover our programme of events and book tickets here.
Five Women Walkers above Rydal Water
WITH THANKS TO OUR SPONSORS
Photo: Blackdog Outdoors
16 February 2022 – 2 April 2022
Wednesday – Saturday
10:30am – 4:30pm, last entry at 4pm
From 6 April 2022
Wednesday – Sunday
10am-5pm, last entry at 4:30pm
ARMITT ADMISSION PRICES
Adults £6 including gift aid
Children (under 16) Free
Friends of the Armitt Free
Museum Association and Art Fund Members Free
The Armitt is an independent trust and charity so relies on admissions and donations to continue to open for the benefit of all. If you’d like to support us further, please consider making a donation here.