ADVENTURER Phoebe Smith will present the annual Friends of the Lake District Kirby Lecture.

Phoebe, who is editor of Wanderlust Travel Magazine, and writes for a number of national newspapers, will deliver ‘Great Britain = Great Adventures’ at the Ambleside campus of the University of Cumbria on Friday September 21, at 7pm.

She will take the audience on a tour of the world revealing the wildest nights out on the planet as well as giving inspiration to adventures closer to home.

Phoebe will also be recounting her ‘Extreme Sleeps Challenge’ in which she became the first woman to sleep solo at the extreme points of mainland Britain. She will also talk about her Sleep The Three Peaks for Christmas venture in which she raised nearly £8,000 for Centrepoint, the homeless charity.

“For me as an adventurer – someone who makes a living by encouraging others to realise that they can have adventures close to home, that are every bit as rewarding and exciting as those found overseas – the Lake District has set the scene for some of the most memorable experiences of my life,” she said.

Janine Bickerstaff, Friends of the Lake District, said: “We are excited to welcome Phoebe as our speaker this year and look forward to hearing about her amazing world-wide adventures.

"For us though it’s equally inspiring to hear about her tips for adventures closer to home. The Lake District is a natural resource for everyone to enjoy and there are some wonderful free adventures available, without the need for complicated kit or lots of money – and, importantly, that has a low impact on the fragile environment.”

Tickets are priced at £10 (£7.50 for members) and can be purchased from the Friends of the Lake District website at: or by calling 01539 720788.