Rushbearing in Ambleside

A great day was had at the traditional Ambleside Rushbearing where children parade around  the village carrying rushes and adults carry the decorated moss bearings with beautiful flowers. The parade then heads to the Church to lay the rushes which dates way back to the days when they used the rushes as flooring and changed yearly. After a short service ( and the rushbearing hymn!) the children collect a huge piece of homemade Gingerbread ( a reward for the parade!) and a picnic tea change out of their Sunday best into their sports gear for flat races – with prizes in the school field. The highlight then is the fell race up Todd Crag with a winners Trophy the record of 10 minutes 34 seconds has yet to be broken – but we came really close this year the fastest for some time !

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