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.