ARNISON DASH - FELL RACE
The Arnison Dash fell race is now a regular feature of the Ullswater Country Fair and attracts runners from all over the UK. Some are seasoned fell runners; others are having their first go at a fell race. The race is open to anyone over the age of 14.
The fell race is a challenging 2 mile / 3km course with over 1,000ft / 300metres of climbing and is sponsored by Catstycam Outdoor Shop in Glenridding. The route goes from the show field to the top of Arnison Crag - and back down.
GUNDOG DEMONSTRATION & DISPLAY
Steve Burns will carry will demonstrate with his gun dogs and describe how he trains them. He will also answer any queries you have about training your own dogs.
Patterdale School organise various novelty races open to all children.
DRY STONE WALLING DEMONSTRATION
Local champion Lakeland waller, George Allonby, will demonstrate his skill. Dry stone walling started to decline in the early 1900's after the introduction of less labour intensive forms of livestock barriers. The craft of walling began to disappear. However, in the 1970's the increase in tourism ad interest in the rural landscape meant training and technique information became available and people could turn this skill into a craft.
TERRIER RACING & LURCHER LONG JUMP
Fun and mayhem in these long time favourite events.
SALMON AND TROUT FLY TYING DEMONSTRATION
Fly tying is the process of making an artificial fly to catch a fish. Basic Fly-tying methods have not changed much from the mid 19th century but most changes have resulted from the introduction of new materials. The techniques involved with fly tying will be demonstrated.
A display of vintage vehicles to take a look at and see how times have changed.
Making shepherds crook's has a long Lakeland tradition. Hazel and blackthorn are the preferred woods as they are naturally straight, or can be 'persuaded' to straighten. Prepared by boiling, a ram's horn provides the handle once shaped to the correct size. With ornamental crook's, the decorative aspect is first carved with a chisel and stained/painted as required. Both traditional and decorative sticks will be on show.