Best UK Trekking Festivals? Any Trek-Lite gatherings?

Discussion in 'Hiking Chat' started by mountainwalker, Feb 24, 2020.

  1. mountainwalker

    mountainwalker Trekker

    Planning to be at Trail Days, a celebration of backpacking and thru-hiking in Virginia along the Appalachian Trail in May, and was wondering, what are the best trekking festivals in the UK?

    Do many gear makers participate so that you can try their gear? Trail Days has many backpacking gear makers on hand.

    I thought it would be fun to combine one of the walks we've wanted to do in the UK together with a festival.

    Also, does Trek Lite ever plan any in-person gatherings, either independent (like Backpacking Lights Gathering of Gear Geeks organized by members) or at one of the larger festivals?
  2. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Last Trek Lite meet I was at was on top of Kirk Fell. They seem to coincide with @gixer visits to UK, and wet/windy weather...
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  3. Mole

    Mole Thru Hiker

    Plenty of meets have been organised by Treklite members. Usually weekends.
    (Details and reports buried within this section of the forum ).

    There tends to be a north/south contingent, due to distance mainly I guess, though I know some "southerners" have made both. (I'd not likely bother coming south if I lived in the North either!)

    I have been to at least 8 Treklite meets/hikes on Dartmoor, Brecon Beacons and Exmoor treklite organised meets. 3 last year. Usually there is 2 nights camping.
    Richard did a good video of his view of a meet a couple of years ago :

    The Backpacker's Club also do meets.
    I've never been, but I know they have an AGM meet up usually in the Peaks/further North where in the past gear vendors such as and the odd cottage gear maker have had stalls.
  4. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Backpackers club diary is a year out of date. Not sure how active they are at the moment.
  5. Chiseller

    Chiseller Thru Hiker

    They had a meeting a couple of weeks back at Edale.
  6. Tartanferret

    Tartanferret Thru Hiker

    Do Alpkit still do their festival?
  7. Shewie

    Shewie Chief Slackpacker Staff Member

    Yeah I think so, the Shakeout is around August sometime
  8. Rog Tallbloke

    Rog Tallbloke Thru Hiker

    Ah yes. Google took me direct to an outdated version of the diary. You need to go to the home page and click on 'diary' there. You need membership to see details though.
  9. mountainwalker

    mountainwalker Trekker

    Great to hear that you run so many Trek-Lite meets. Thank you for sharing the video, gives you a good feeling of being there. Beautiful landscape.

    Which are the best larger mainstream UK outdoor festivals? One I've heard of is the Keswick Mountain Festival in May: And have any here participated in any of them?

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