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Lake District Mountain Challenge

This exciting and demanding challenge will have you trekking across some of the highest and remotest peaks in England over the course of a day.

The Lake District Mountain Challenge sees participants explore the Scafell massive as well as climbing the highest peak in England (Scafell Pike 978m). Covering 19 kms and with a total ascent of 1,700 metres we estimate that this will take 9 to 10 hours to complete.

The challenge crosses rugged mountain terrain; you will be faced with steep climbs, descents and crossing boulder fields. Taking part in this event is a huge personal achievement regardless of the total number of peaks completed by each individual. It is a challenge that can attract a lot of sponsorship and is great for team bonding and promoting health and wellbeing in the workplace.


The team will meet up for an early morning start at the road end in Seathwaite an idyllic setting in the depths of Borrowdale. Your leaders will deliver the mandatory safety brief after which we will set out on our adventure through the small farming community of Seathwaite and climb up to Sty Head Tarn. The tarn is remote and picturesque surrounded as it is by England’s highest peaks, it’s hard to believe that there was once a proposal to drive a road across this quiet pass.

From Sty Head we take the classic Corridor Route which climbs steadily through stunning mountainous terrain until we reach the Lingmell Coll, a short diversion takes us to the summit of Lingmell (807m)with it’s spectacular views over Wastwater and back along our route.

After Lingmell the team will traverse around Scafell Pike and climb the steep boulder filled col to Mickledore, from here we descend (slightly) to Broad Stand until we meet the faint path the climbs to Foxes Tarn (the highest tarn in England) from here it is a steep pull up to the summit of Scafell (964m). From the quiet of the summit we will be able to view the hustle and bustle on Scafell Pike.

We descend from Scafell and return to Mickledore and from here we climb to the summit of Scafell Pike (978m) and from here it is downhill all the way with a stop off at Ill Crag for eagle like views into the upper reaches of the river Esk with not a house or road to be seen. As we continue our journey, we have one last peak to summit the appropriately named Great End (910m) this huge crag dominates the end of Borrowdale offering stunning views over Derwent Water to Keswick and Skiddaw.

From here it is all down hill with long descent of Grains Gill and it will be with a great sense of achievement that the team returns to Seathwaite maybe in time for a refreshing cup of tea.

To enquire about this challenge and book please contact us

What kit should participants bring?
This is an upland challenge so appropriate walking equipment is require including waterproof jacket and trousers, walking boots with ankle support and no jeans. Full details of essential items will be provided in a kit list.

Who will be leading the activities?
We have a great team of experienced, enthusiastic and fully qualified Mountain Leaders who will look after participants throughout the challenge. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of the group and of course to ensure that everyone in the group has a great time.

Will meals be provided?
No, participants must being their own packed lunch and snacks.

How fit do participants need to be?
Participants do not need to have any hill walking experience to undertake this challenge but a reasonable level of fitness is required to give themselves the best opportunity to complete the route.

Do we need to book accommodation?
It is a long day for participants not used to hill walking so staying the night before or after the event can be a good idea. We can assist with booking accommodation and can help you get preferential rates with some local accommodation providers so please contact us for more details.

Event cost includes experienced and knowledgeable qualified Mountain Leaders, insurance, fully risk assessed planning and the guarantee of an enjoyable and safe day out in the mountains.

To enquire about this challenge and book please contact us