Lakeland Five Passes Ultra
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A tough, extremely challenging but incredibly rewarding 33 mile route with 10,000ft of ascent. The route is packed full of stunning summits, punishing passes and delectable descents.
Sat 26th Jun 2021
Grasmere, United Kingdom
The event experience
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Where and when
Grasmere Village Hall, Broadgate, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9TA, UK
The Five Passes has a cut-off of 14hours which requires an average pace of under 2.5mph but this is no easy task so you should have a high level of fitness and ideally would have completed an ultra or mountain event previously.
Starting in the beautiful Lakeland village of Grasmere it climbs steadily before the short, sharp ascent to the summit of Loughrigg signals this events intentions. After passing through Ambleside & by Stock Ghyll Waterfalls the steep climb up Wansfell is followed by the fast descent down Nanny Lane into Troutbeck. Garburn Pass is the first of the five passes, then once through Kentmere the never ending slog up Gatescarth Pass is awaiting, but once at the top there is no respite as the summit of Harter Fell is final destination and high point of the race. Crossing Nan Bield Pass to summit Thorneythwaite Beacon, the scree descent to Thresthwaite Mouth and the technical scramble up Stoney Cove Pike follow before a long descent to St Ravens Crag & Kirkstone Pass the penultimate pass of the five. One final tough ascent to the summit of Red Screes before taking Scandale Pass down before finally picking up the suitbly titled Coffin Route past Rydal to the finish back at Grasmere.
We will provide our usual volume and variety of food, both sweet & savoury, at check points with a cooked hot meal at the finish and bespoke medal for all finishers. A professional photographer will be in attendance and their pictures will be shared free of charge after the event.
How to get there
Grasmere Village Hall, Broadgate, Grasmere, Ambleside LA22 9TA, UKGet full directions
Event day logistics
Walkers start at 7:30am and runners an hour later at 8:30am, there will be cut-offs in place along the route & these will be strictly enforced to avoid participants being out in the dark.
As with all our events, this is a self navigated route and some navigation skills (or a recce in advance) are required. We will however be marking the route over the tops from the top of Gatescarth Pass to Kirkstone Pass to avoid difficulties in navigation if the visibility is poor.
As weather in the Lake District Fells can be unpredicatable we always advise carrying clothing and equiment based on your experience and speed you travel in the mountains... if you don't know what this is, it will be slower than you anticipate and you will get hot as you ascend and cold on the top. We enforce a mandatory kit list for this event for participants safety and this is:
- Full body cover waterproof clothing (jacket and trousers)
- Map and compass (phones are NOT acceptable)
- Survival blanket & basic first aid kit
- Fully charged mobile phone
- Reusable cup
- 500ml fluid minimum
- 500kcal food is in place.
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