Mountain Trails: Running the Lake District

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Join in on this spectacular 3-day trail running journey as you cross the Lake District National Park - taking in some of the finest trails and landscapes the UK has to offer. You're sure to fall in love with Cumbria's sensational scenery and trail running by the end of this amazing weekender!
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Run Lake District
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Calendar
Wed 11th May 2022
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Coniston, United Kingdom
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Elevation

5 to 20m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Location
Coniston LA21 8AJ, UK
Start times
Run Lake District:
9:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Mountain Trails: Running the Lake District
Run Lake District
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72km
£100.00
Route information
Highlights:
  • Crossing the Lake District National Park running 72k 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 you travel from the Langdale valley into breathtaking Borrowdale
  • Go wild swimming and tick off mountain summits along the way
Approximate details:
  • Total Distance: 72k
  • Total Running Days: 3 Days
  • Lowest Elevation: 51m
  • Highest Elevation: 639m
  • Elevation Gain: + 1686m
Day 1 - Coniston to Langdale
Distance: Approx. 10 Miles (16k)
Time: 3 -4 hours trail running
You start the run 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 the 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 (25k)
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 (25k)
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.
What's included
  • 2 nights accommodation in cosy pubs
  • Fully-supported trail running trip
  • Breakfast and picnic lunches throughout the trip
  • Two qualified trail running guides throughout
  • Fully stocked Support vehicle throughout
  • 3 Days of Trail Running
  • Luggage transfer from point to point
  • Aid stations
  • 12-week training plan
  • Running technique and advice from UK qualified coaches
  • Evening running lectures
Train
How to get there
Coniston LA21 8AJ, UK
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Arrive in Coniston
You'll arrive and meet the group at the Coniston Inn, Hawkshead Old Rd, Coniston LA21 8AJ.
Accommodation
You may choose to stay at the Coniston Inn on the Wednesday night after meeting up with the group. The next two night's accommodation is provided at beautiful small hotels in Keswick.
Event day logistics
Wednesday
  • Arrive into Coniston
  • 19:30 group dinner (cost not included)
  • Optional overnight stay
Thursday - Day 1
  • Prepare kit and drop bags in support vehicle
  • 30k trail run - Coniston to Langdale
  • Hotel stay in Keswick
  • Optional wild swimming at Black Moss Pot
  • Drinks in the bar
  • Local dinner (cost not included)
Friday - Day 2
  • Breakfast
  • Prepare kit and drop bags in support vehicle
  • 15k trail run - Cat Bells to Derwent Water to Keswick
  • Afternoon relax and explore the town
  • Drinks in the bar
  • Local dinner at The Round (cost not included)
Saturday - Day 3
  • Breakfast
  • Prepare kit and drop bags in support vehicle
  • 25k trail run - Keswick to Latrigg to Skiddaw Haus to Dash Falls to Caldbeck
  • Stop at Skiddaw Haus mountain refuge
  • Arrival into Calbeck, finishing the journey at the Oddfellows Arms
  • Celebratory drinks with a transfer back to Keswick
  • Depart
Insurance
You will be personal insurance for this event to cover accidents, health and emergency evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage or personal effects
Not Included
  • Arrival / departure transportation
  • Evening meals
  • Beverages
  • Personal equipment
  • Personal bills
  • Additional excursions
  • Insurance (REQUIRED before the trips departure - for accidents, health and emergency evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage or personal effects)
  • Tips
  • Pre/Post Excursions
Deposit
The ticket is a deposit of £100 for this event. The full amount of £595 will be due closer to the event.
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FAQ's
Why are groups kept so small for Mountain Trails: Running the Lake District?
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.
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Will the Mountain Trails: Running the Lake District journey be marked?
The journey will be hosted by two qualified running guides, although as the group is likely to spread out over short sections they will be making every effort to way-mark the route.
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What will the temperature be like for Mountain Trails: Running the Lake District?
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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Danny Copeland
7/22/2021
This sounds awesome, but I’m not a “runner” I run 10km in about 1hr on flat ground haha. I love the sound of this but feel it might be to much with experienced runners etc. I’m easing money for charity that month 100 miles in August and I’m thinking this would certainly gets the miles up and get me some fresh air? Do think worse case I can fast walk it and not hold up the group too much?? 😬
Steph Ede
8/24/2021
Hi Danny, Naturally pacing will vary between individuals, we'll travel at a relaxed, leisurely pace (very roughly 12 - 15min/mile running) with lots of stops along the way taking in the views. We have vehicle support with us throughout which will provide pop up aid-stations at intervals and transport for individuals if required. We have two guides on the trip (one from the front and back) throughout so everybody feels confident with the route being taken. It's more or less 4 - 5 hours per day on our feet traveling from point to point, it's not constant jogging but includes stops to visit local cultural sites, wild swimming, hermit caves, crossing mountain passes etc.
Semone Boyal
6/1/2021
Hello - I was wondering what pace you expect people to run, fitness level AND if my husband and I book - will we get our own room in the pubs? Thinking about this for my birthday. Thanks 😊
Semone Boyal
6/1/2021
What pace and fitness level is expected?
Charlie Knights
6/1/2021
Hey Semone,
Charlie Knights
6/1/2021
Naturally pacing will vary between individuals, we'll travel at a relaxed, leisurely pace (very roughly 12 - 15min/mile running) with lots of stops along the way taking in the views. We have vehicle support with us throughout which will provide pop up aid-stations at intervals and transport for individuals if required. We have two guides on the trip (one from the front and back) throughout so everybody feels confident with the route being taken. It's more or less 4 - 5 hours per day on our feet traveling from point to point, it's not constant jogging but includes stops to visit local cultural sites, wild swimming, hermit caves, crossing mountain passes etc.
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