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UK’s top outdoor writers and photographers descend on district

John Freeman
The UK’s top outdoor writers and photographers will be descending on Lancaster next weekend (5 - 7th November) for their annual general meeting.

As well as discussing business and holding their prestigious awards presentation at the Lancaster House Hotel, members of the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild will find time to enjoy some walking in the Forest of Bowland, mountain-biking in Gisburn Forest and a day exploring Arnside and Silverdale.

OWPG President Roly Smith, said: “We hold our AGM in a different location each year and Lancaster, which we’ve visited once before, looks set to be one of our best destinations yet. We’ve got a busy programme of activities lined up, exploring the beautiful Lancashire countryside.

“All eyes in the industry will be on us on the Saturday evening when we announce the winners of our annual awards.

“As well as rewarding excellence among outdoor writers and photographers, the OWPG also presents awards for product innovation in the outdoor industry and the coveted Golden Eagle, awarded for distinguished contribution to the outdoor world. Past recipients have included Sir Chris Bonington CBE, Sir David Attenborough, Doug Scott CBE and the late Chris Brasher CBE.”

Welcoming the guild to Lancaster, Coun June Ashworth, cabinet member with responsibility for tourism, said: “Our district is blessed with stunning countryside, an impressive coastline with panoramic views and a city steeped in history. There is so much of the outdoors to explore in this beautiful area and I hope the guild take many fond memories home with them to share with others through their work.”