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Mountain Trails: Running the Lake District

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Route description
Route description


  • Crossing the Lake District National Park as we run 72km of some of the finest trails the UK has to offer
  • Experience a fully-supported trail adventure travelling only with light-packs
  • Cross the mountainous ‘Stake Pass’ as we travel from the Langdale valley into breathtaking Borrowdale
  • Go wild swimming and tick off mountain summits along the way

Approximate details:

  • Total Distance: 72 Kilometres
  • Total Running Days: 3 Days
  • Lowest Elevation: 51m
  • Highest Elevation: 639m
  • Elevation Gain: + 1686m
Logistics and schedule

Day 1 - Coniston to Langdale

Distance: Approx. 10 Miles (16km)
Time: 3 -4 hours trail running

You start the morning at 09:00 from the pretty Cumbrian town of Coniston - surrounded by mountain peaks with the nearby shores of a lake which shares the same name - it’s a perfect appetiser for things that are to come on our spectacular trail journey ahead.

Leaving the town behind you quickly pick up a well-established trail that has you weaving around Lakeland peaks, alongside mountain streams and you can’t miss the endless fields filled with Herdwick sheep.

Before long you'll run through the charming little villages of Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater where the support vehicle will be waiting for you. From here on in you’ll notice the views quickly ramp up as you enter the unspoilt Langdale Valley.

The route heads deeper into the valley with a surprising lack of ascent which makes for very enjoyable running.

You'll reach the final destination for the day when you arrive at the Old Dungeon Ghyll a remote hotel in a magnficent setting. With time to relax and toast the day over a few drinks in the bar.

Day 2 - Langdale to Keswick via the Stake Pass

Distance: Approx. 16 miles (25km)
Time: 4 - 5 hours trail running

Today is a real jewel in the crown of your crossing.

You'll leave the Old Dungeon Ghyll behind and head into a deeper part of the Valley where you begin your ascent of the Stake Pass - a mountain pass which separates the valleys of Langdale and Borrowdale.

Tackling the pass which levels out nicely at the top, before zig-zagging sharply the route descends past waterfalls with stunning views up to Derwent Water and to the big mountains beyond.

You continue your descent until you arrive at the valley bottom where - weather depending - you can stop to go wild swimming at Black Moss Pot, an idyllic pool of water.

From here you continue your journey until the reach the southern tip of Derwent water, the trail now continues to follow the western side of the Lake until you reach the charming town of Keswick, arriving at the hotel for check-in and a good relax after a long day.

Day 3 - Keswick to Caldbeck, via Skiddaw Haus - Depart Keswick

Distance: Approx. 16 miles (25km)
Time: 4 - 5 hours of trail running

You have another cracking day today as you complete the final section of the crossing. Stepping out into the main square of Keswick, you'll pick your way through the town as you quickly ascent the small peak of Latrigg - looking back the view is absolutely breath taking.

The routes picks its way between two Lakeland giants - Skiddaw & Blencathra (the fourth & fourteenth highest peaks in the Lake District) as you thread your way on land which was once an ancient forest.

You'll pull into the remote ‘Skiddaw Haus’ - a mountain hostel - before continuing the journey past ‘White Water Dash’ - a mountain waterfall - which brings you out of the northern realms of the Lake District National Park.

The journey from here onward is a very pleasant undulating trail which finally brings you to your finishing point in the picturesque village of Caldbeck.

You'll celebrate completing the journey at a local pub, before taking a group transfer back to Keswick for your onward departures.

How to get there

Lake District National Park, United Kingdom

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This run will see participants travelling throughout the Lake District.

Frequently asked questions
Why are groups kept so small?
By splitting the group will allow everyone to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.
Will the journey be marked?
The journey will be hosted by one-qualified running guide, although as the group is likely to spread out over short sections we will be making every effort to way-mark the route.
What will the temperature be like?
You can expect daily temperatures to sit on average of 20 degrees C, however being Britain there is every chance of a hot spell (25 degrees C) or a colder spell (sub-18 degrees C). This also being the Lake District you should prepare for the high chance of rain and wind, as well as bright sunshine. In the mountains it is not unusual to experience four-seasons in one-day.
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Run Lake District
9:00am Thu 5th Aug 2021

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