Grasmere Sports

Grasmere Sports

Late August
This annual event in England's Lake District began in the 1800s to encourage Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling, but it has since expanded to include other traditional Lake District sports. The wrestling competitors stand chest to chest and lock arms behind each other's back. The aim of this subtle form of combat is to throw the opponent to the ground—a goal that many wrestlers struggle all day to achieve while other events are going on elsewhere.
Fell running (a fell is a highland plateau), another traditional sport, is an all-out race to the top of the nearest mountain and back. Hound trailing, which reflects the Lake District's importance as a center for fox hunting, is done on foot with packs of hounds who run across the fells after their prey.
Up until 1974, when Cumberland and Westmorland were combined to form Cumbria County, competition between the two rival counties had been fierce.
CONTACTS:
Grasmere Lakeland Sports and Show
Stock Ln., Ambleside, Grasmere
Cumbria, LA22 9SL United Kingdom
44-15-3943-2127
ww.grasmeresportsandshow.co.uk
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Traditional sports such as Cumbrian wrestling, hound trails and fell running are all part of Grasmere Sports Day usually held on the August bank holiday Sunday.
At the Annual Grasmere Sports and Show in August there is always a big French contingent.