6 to 8 September 2019


all day




Strijbos & van Rijswijk with Jacob Polley


YHA Langdale Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9HJ

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To Travel and To Matter is located in Grasmere and Elterwater on walking trails and open fells


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“I see reflectance, the wind drawing plans on the water…”

A man and a woman move through a landscape of green and brown, stone and water, light and shadow, searching for each other, for things lost and for their own futures.

They walk. They listen. They murmur, whisper and argue in their own heads. And we overhear the black noise of their untold stories…

Deep in the Lake District, where the landscape is suffused with literary and walking history, composers Strijbos & van Rijswijk and poet Jacob Polley have created To Travel and To Matter – a contemporary site-specific installation in the shape of a walk.

Powerfully fusing music, sound and voices, and inspired by the history and topography of the location, To Travel and To Matter uses Strijbos and van Rijswijk’s digital app Walk With Me to move the listener at their own pace through a glorious landscape and to create a unique and dramatic experience on the route.

To Travel and To Matter is an international collaboration between Dutch composers Strijbos & van Rijswijk and TS Eliot Prize-winning Cumbrian poet Jacob Polley.

The piece was created as they walked the fells, designing the walk, recording sounds and atmospheres, and finding by chance objects en route.

It takes around 90 minutes to do the walk.

About the artists:

Strijbos & van Rijswijk’s Walk With Me walkscapes are present across the world, in locations including Paris, Istanbul, New York and Glasgow. Using GPS technology to superimpose site-specific compositions, natural sounds and narrative onto the surroundings, they invite audiences to choose their own path and tempo to create their own soundtrack.

How to experience to Travel and To Matter:

The starting point for To Travel and To Matter is YHA Langdale Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9HJ (although you can experience it at any point on the map below).

From Kendal, Grasmere is a one hour drive. Or 75 minute journey by bus.

Buses from Kendal run every half hour. Return services from Grasmere run every 90 minutes. See detailed timetable below.

For the duration of Lakes Alive, equipment will be available at the Walk With Me location to borrow, or you can download and use your own devices.

On Sunday 9th September : Lakes Alive have organised a free return shuttle bus service to the site leaving Abbot Hall , Kendal

10am and 2pm

The places are limited (35) and will be allocated on a first come first serve basis upon arrival at bus. The 10am bus will arrive back in Kendal at 1.30 pm and the 2.00pm bus will arrive back in Kendal at 5.30pm return

More Details on To Travel and To Matter

Route Map 6 1000Px
Route map for To Travel and To Matter

Important information:

Walk With Me - To Travel and To Matter – by Strijbos & Rijswijk

7th September 2017 – September 2019

Lakes Alive Festival presents this site specific digital sound Installation which is a circular walk on open access footpaths, using GPS technology

Although we have taken all reasonable steps to ensure your safety, your participation in this event is at your own risk. We accept no liability for your personal safety or belongings.

We ask that you respect and comply with the country code when walking in the landscape.

To access the experience you need to download an APP to your smart phone

Scan the QR code to download the app.

Scan the QR code to download the app.

WARNING: Walk With Me is a unique experience, set in the real world. Using the App Walk With Me in public space can be dangerous when you don’t pay attention to the traffic, the surrounding landscape, environment, and unexpected events. So be careful and use common sense, take care and be aware of where you walk and what’s going on nearby.

NO LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES: In no event shall the author of this app or the Lake District National Park Authority be liable for any special, consequential, incidental or indirect damages whatsoever arising out of the use of or inability to use this product, even if the Author of this Software is aware of the possibility of such damages and known defects.

DISCLAIMER: By installing or otherwise using the Walk With Me App, you agree to be bounded by the terms of this disclaimer. You expressly accept and assume any and all risks that may exist in the use of Walk With Me.

COPYRIGHT: All title and copyrights in and to the app (including but not limited to any images, photographs, clipart, libraries, and examples incorporated into the app), are owned by the Author of this app. The app is protected by copyright laws and international treaty provisions.

NO WARRANTIES: The Author of this app expressly disclaims any warranty for the app. The app and any related documentation is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. The entire risk arising out of use or performance of the app remains with you.


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