Athletes, explorers, adventurers, filmmakers and more - these are some of the exciting speakers you'll get to hear from on our tour.

Anna Taylor

Glasgow, Inverness, Banchory, Kendal12th, 13th, 14th May, 29th June

Climber with some impressive routes to her name! In 2021 Anna became the first woman to complete a self-powered round of every route that features in iconic guidebook ‘Classic Rock’. The 23-year-old Berghaus Ambassador from the Lake District cycled 2,400km and climbed over 10,000m during a journey that lasted 62 days and saw her solo most of the 83 routes. In 2020 joined an epic expedition led by Leo Houlding and climbed the 2,000ft (610m) sheer rock face of Mount Roraima, in Guyana, South America.

Anoushe Husain

Manchester21st April

Paraclimber, award-winner and all-round inspiration Anoushé Husain. Anoushé was born with her right arm missing below the elbow, is a cancer survivor, a Muslim who wears a headscarf, and she lives with invisible conditions. When she's not in the office, she trains as a paraclimber and uses her voice to talk about and challenge barriers and self-limiting beliefs. Anoushé doesn't let the issues she faces prevent her from working hard and achieving goals.

Brendon Prince

Southampton, Bristol and Brighton10th, 11th February and 23rd June

Inspiring campaigner Brendon Prince who in 2021 successfully circumnavigated mainland Britain on his paddleboard! Completing the 2,500 mile challenge in 141 days. Brendon embarked on this epic challenge in order to raise awareness for water safety, men’s health and our marine environment.

Elise Downing

Aberystwyth & Nottingham5th May & 15th June 

A British adventurer who has run a 5,000 mile lap around the coast of Great Britain, carrying her kit on her back! Elise set off, with absolutely no ultra-running experience, unable to read a map and having never pitched a tent alone before. Over the 301 days that followed she developed a debilitating fear of farmyard animals, cried on a lot of beaches and saw Britain at its most wild and wonderful.

Matt Pycroft

Chester, Caernarfon & Norwich6th April, 4th May & 21st May

Matt is a highly experienced filmmaker and photographer who specialises in working in remote and hostile environments. Matt has a passion for seeking out untold stories and thrives on creating narrative driven content, his fascination with people and story extends in to his work 'out of hours', and his spare moments are spent curating conversations with the world's most inspiring adventurers, explorers and individuals who live wild lives for the rapidly growing 'The Adventure Podcast'.

Gilly McArthur

Whitley Bay9th June

Cold water swimmer, rock climber, and deep thinker - Gilly McArthur. Gilly will share her unique, heart-warming and enlightening perspective on the world. A story that takes us through a diverse career path and face-to-face with profound loss and grief that changed her, and how she now sees the world. The co-founder of Blue Mind Swim - Gilly inspires others to use cold water swimming to improve their mental wellbeing.

Richard Parks

Exeter & Llanelli16th & 17th June

Richard Parks has skied more solo, unsupported, and unassisted miles in Antarctica than anyone else in history and completed more solo, unsupported, and unassisted journeys from the coast of Antarctica to the South Pole than anyone too. With a history of world record attempts. In 2011, he successfully became the first person to climb the highest mountain on each of the seven continents and stand on the North and South pole in the same calendar year. A former Wales international rugby union player who believes that his expeditions must achieve a societal goal.

Stephen Fabes

Canterbury 22nd June

Around the world cyclist Stephen Fabes. From battling the arid deserts of Syria and Afghanistan to being detained in China on suspicion of espionage, Dr Stephen Fabes had a dramatic journey as he travelled 53,568 miles across 75 different countries over six years. He now encourages others to take on big adventures.

Jason Mallinson

Kings Lynn24th June

in 2018 Jason Mallinson was a part of the British team who rescued 12 Thai schoolboys and their soccer coach from a flooded cave system. While the world held its breath, Mallinson and his fellow divers raced against time in the face of near-impossible odds. Mallinson will share the story in an edge-of-the-seat tale of courage and conviction that will take you deep into one of the most remote and unforgiving places on the planet.

Meet our Community Speakers!

Community champions who unite and elevate underrepresented people to experience the joy of the outdoors and adventure sports in their local area

Muslim Hikers

Coventry20th May

Muslim Hikers are an outdoor initiative founded by mountaineer Haroon Mota with the focus on diversifying the outdoor world and 'inspiring Muslims to get outdoors'.

Lets Go Belay Together

Exeter16th June

Devon’s only climbing club for LGBTQ+ people and their friends.Providing a supportive, fun and welcoming time for all climbers of all abilities.


Llanelli17th June

Once a small surf school working out of a car, Surfability UK is now a world leading adaptive surf school. Who operate out of two purpose built buildings in South Wales

They are at the forefront of global adaptive surfing, which continues to grow from strength to strength both locally and globally.

Resilient Riders Canterbury

Canterbury22nd June

A women-led riding group who uphold leading their rides with kindness, empathy, encouragement and joy.

Ice Guys Northeast

Whitley Bay9th June

The Ice Guys North East group encourages men to give cold water swimming a try. Cold water therapy can benefit us in many ways, from physical health to mental health, as well as the friendships that form from the shared experience of open water swimming.

Wild Sea Women

Whitley Bay9th June

Wild Sea Women® (WSW) are a community of women from all walks of life, who come together collectively to support and encourage one another while taking an invigorating dip in the sea (or other cold natural water).

They begin their sessions with a guided breathing/meditation which helps to relax and calm the body and mind, and enables you to prepare your body and to step into the right mindset before taking a dip in the sea.

Their group is not so much about swimming (though many women do swim too!), but rather dipping and enjoying the many benefits of the cold water.

Blue Mind Men

Wednesday 29th June

Blue Mind Men is a peer supported swim club promoting better mental health through cold water swimming. Founded in January 2022, the club meets every Sunday morning at Windermere for dips, chats and cake. It is an inclusive club for men of all ages and swimming abilities – all are welcome!

Presenting Team

Steve Scott

As a director of the Festival, Steve looks after UK and International business partnerships and is one of the main presenters on-stage for key events and interviews. He is often consulted in the media as an outdoor industry expert. Growing up in the Lake District, Steve has always pursued a career in adventure sports. He is a former professional national team skier, ski coach and an accomplished professional paraglider pilot, and has been lucky enough to live and work in the French Alps and Norway. 

Emily Davis

Emily is the Production Co-ordinator at Kendal Mountain Festival. This includes programming content across the Festival, presenting sessions, interviewing speakers and supporting the inclusion of a more diverse lineup - and learning how to improve on this each year.She can often be found dreaming about the Scottish Highlands, whilst in the hills of the Lake District either on her trusty gravel bike or enjoying multi-pitch routes in the mountains.

© Kendal Mountain Tour 2022