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Lakeland Five Passes Ultra

Sat 26th Jun 2021

Walk Details:

Event Type
Challenge Event
Region / Area
Northern England / Lake District
Distance / Time Limit
32ml. 14 hours
Start Time
07.30 walkers, 08.30 runners (strictly enforced cut-offs along the route)
Grasmere village, Lake District

A brand new route for 2020, carried over to 2021, it has over 10,000' of ascent and a 14 hour time limit, 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 will 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 and 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 awaits. Reach the top and there's no respite as the exposed summit of Harter Fell is the final destination and high point of the race. Descend to cross Nan Bield Pass before heading over the fell side to the summit of Thorneythwaite Beacon. A scree descent to Thresthwaite Mouth and the technical scramble up Stoney Cove Pike follow before the long descent to St Ravens Crag & the penultimate pass of five, Kirkstone Pass. One final tough ascent to the summit of Red Screes before taking Scandale Pass down, finally picking up the suitably titled Coffin Route past Rydal to the finish back at Grasmere

General Notes
Please note we will have a mandatory kit list of: full body waterproof cover, emergency food, minimum 500ml of fluid 500kcal of emergency food, survival bag/emergency blanket, whistle, head-torch, map & compass (and know how to use them) as this a self navigated route. Please also bring a reusable cup. Please note that mobile telephone coverage in this area is notoriously poor, but we have cover from Raynet, ensuring participants safety. Spot checks will be carried out on random participants, if you fail these you will NOT be allowed to take part in the event. Please note that, in advance, we may be request that you carry additional items subject to weather forecast. Examples may be additional fluid capacity or hat and gloves. 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. A professional photographer will be covering the event and their pictures will be shared free after the event
Start and Finish

Entry Details:

£40 (no OTD) incl comprehensive route description, timing, fully stocked Cps with a variety of provisions, a hot meal at the end & a bespoke medal to all finishers


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