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John Peel Trail


98 km / 61 miles
The John Peel Trail goes between Whicham, in the south west corner of the Lake District, to Caldbeck, in the north of the district. It links the final resting places of two men, both called John Peel. One is the famous huntsman; the other is his great great great grandson, who was president of a local running club, Black Combe Runners, up to his death in 2010. This walk has been created as a memorial to him, and visits places associated with both John Peels.

From Whicham the trail follows a high level route north to Eskdale, and continues up the west side of the Lake District, crossing the lower reaches of Wasdale and Ennerdale, before heading for Crummock Water and the lower country north of Skiddaw. It ends in Caldbeck, where the John Peel tradition is still very strong. A detailed route description is provided to facilitate the trail being done in either direction, with background information highlighting significant landmarks.


Path Type: Other Paths
Attributes: Very Challenging
Start: SD134826 - St Mary's Church, Whicham, Cumbria View on StreetMap
Finish: NY325398 - St Kentigern's Church, Caldbeck, Cumbria View on StreetMap
Open Date: July 2012

Publications, Badges and Certificates:

Route Description - PDF John Peel Trail Background Notes and Route Description  (Peter Grayson  - 2018 ) Download File
Looseleaf John Peel Trail Background Notes and Route Description  (Peter Grayson  - 2015 )
Badge & Certificate Badge & Certificate for John Peel Trail  (Peter Grayson )


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Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2016.
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Rights of way data from selected Local Authorities.
Large scale digital mapping is provided by John Thorn.
At high zoom levels the route is indicative only.
Purchase Ordnance Survey Maps:
OS Landranger 89, 90, 96
OS Landranger Active 89, 90, 96
OS Explorer 4, 5, 6
OS Explorer Active 4, 5, 6

Accommodation within 5 km of this Path:

Camping Barn
5 km
19 km
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2 km
21 km
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31 km
Bunk House
< 1 km
50 km
Hostel Accommodation
4 km
54 km
Camp Site
3 km
84 km
B & B Accommodation
< 1 km
96 km
Bunk House
< 1 km
98 km

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Route Profile:

97.1 km (60.3 miles)
3,891 m (12,766 ft) ascent
785 m (2,575 ft)  maximum height

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