LAKE DISTRICT
Challenge Options

7/8 JUNE 2025 - Registration Opens Soon!

A Saturday morning start from our Kendal basecamp, and ahead lies some of England’s finest scenery. There’re 100 km of trails, high passes, stunning scenery, Ambleside, the magnificent Lake Windermere, nature reserves, forests, and over 2,500 m of climb before returning back to Kendal – after an amazing challenge. There’s a 2 Day ‘Daylight’ 100 km option, with hostel accommodation at half way Lakeside, and with Half & Quarter distance options  – a New Marathon option – and the fabulous Ambleside 10K – there’s a Lake District Challenge for everyone in 2024!

Full Continuous
100 km

Kendal loop

7 - 8 June 2025

From our Kendal baseamp (where you can camp Fri / Sat), it’s north up the Long Sleddle Valley, and over the testing Garburn Pass with stunning views, and on to Windermere and Ambleside. It’s around the west side of Lake Windernere to the 50 km half way point, and on to the steep climb of Hampsfell. Some flatter terrain in the Lyth Valley, before the final climb of Scout Scar with some of the best views of the Southern Lakes, and on to the very welcome finish line and celebration back at Kendal basecamp.

100 km & ~2500 metres

  • Start: Kendal, Cumbria
  • Start times: 7am for runners, 7 – 9am for joggers & walkers
  • Finish: Kendal, Cumbria
  • Finish times: Runners 9 – 16 hrs, joggers 16 – 20 hrs, walkers 20 – 36 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 29 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 50 km – hot meal
  • 80 km – brunch/ lunch
  • 100 km – cooked breakfast/ hot meal
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

There’s a range optional parking & pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit. These include:

  • Parking at Kendal, Ambleside & Lakeside
  • Shuttles from Kendal Station to the basecamp/start
  • Bus transfers from your finish back to Kendal station

 

See ‘Bookable Extras’ page for full details

Kendal basecamp – Friday (+ Saturday option also if you’re fast!).

  • Camp with us before your challenge
  • Fully inclusive & pitch only options available
  • Pre registration on Friday evening & dinner option
  • Breakfast, parking, baggage storage, hot showers & more
  • Also suits for ‘quick’ finishers on Saturday night 

 

Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

4 available

Walk, Hike, or Trek

LAKE DISTRICT

100 km < 24 hrs / 50 km <12 hrs

Up for a NEW Style of Ultra Challenge?

Many who run & jog can crack the 24 hr/100km or 12 hr / 50km target. However, an ‘Ultra March’ is about WALKING at a brisk & consistent pace with like minded challengers to achieve it – a bit like a march! – but taking in the great rest stops & services of the Lake District Ultra Challenge!

  • Participants opt in to ‘Ultra March’ category (100km or 1st Half 50km)
  • Up to 300 will set off together as a big Ultra March group.
  • Single Start Time – 10.00am Saturday.
  • FREE Ultra March T shirt & headband picked up ‘on-the-day’.
  • Ultra March ‘Pacers’ set min. pace (with ‘sensible’ rest stop time).
  • Special Finishers Medal & Certificate .
  • ‘Hall of Fame’ on the Ultra Challenge website (optional!).

 

THE RULES:

Over & above the general Ultra Challenge Rules – with an Ultra March it’s:

  • STRICTLY WALKING ONLY (no jogging / running)
  • Stage times will be ‘checked’ to ensure the above.
  • You must complete 100km is sub 24 hrs 50km < 12 hrs to qualify for special medal & certificate.
  • If you are ‘outside’ of the 24 hr / 12 hr target – you still celebrate with a conventional ‘Ultra Challenge medal / certificate.

NOT YET SIGNED UP TO THIS ULTRA CHALLENGE?

  • You will be able to ‘opt’ into the Ultra March Category on the ‘100km Continuous’ or 1st Half ~50km Registration / Sign Up Form. So follow the normal ‘Sign Up’ links.

 

ALREADY SIGNED UP TO THIS ULTRA CHALLENGE?

  • If you’ve already signed up for 100km (or 1st Half 50km) as a walker – you can ‘switch’ into the ‘Ultra March’ category on this event at ZERO cost. Use the LINK BELOW to request this; select Lake District – and we’ll get it processed.
ULTRA MARCH REQUEST >>

Day 1 – 50 km & ~1300 metres

Day 2 – 51 km & ~1200 metres

Day 1 – Sat 7 June 2025

  • Start: Kendal basecamp
  • Start times: 7am for runners, 7 – 9am for joggers & walkers
  • Finish: Lakeside, Windermere (50 km)
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs
  • Overnight: optional hotel accommodation at YMCA or camp with us (see Bookable Extras)

Day 2 – Sun 8 June 2025

  • Start: Lakeside, Windermere
  • Start times: 06:00 – 06:30 for all
  • Finish: Kendal basecamp (50 km)
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 29 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 50 km – hot meal
  • 80 km – brunch/ lunch
  • 100 km – cooked breakfast/ hot meal
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

There’s a range optional parking & pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit. These include:

  • Parking at Kendal, Ambleside & Lakeside
  • Shuttles from Kendal Station to the Start
  • Bus transfers from your finish back to Kendal station

 

See ‘Bookable Extras’ page for full details

Kendal – Friday 6 June

  • Camp with us before your challenge 
  • Fully inclusive & pitch only options available
  • Pre registration on Friday evening & dinner option
  • Breakfast, parking, baggage storage, hot showers & more

 

Lakeside – Saturday 7 June

  • Book into the onsite YMCA Hostel – private & shared rooms available
  • Hot showers, refreshments, rest areas & more
  • Camping option also available (inclusive or self pitch)
  • Breakfast Sunday morning before setting off

 

Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

4 available (2 for each day)

Full 2 Day Daylight
100 km

Kendal - Lakeside - Kendal

7 & 8 June 2025

The 2 Day Full 100km Challenge breaks down the 100km Kendal looped route into 2 halves – of 49 km on Day 1 (Sat) and then 51km on Day 2 (Sun) – and you’ll get to experience this fantastic route, with its stunning views, in daylight. You’ll also have the opportunity to get some well earned rest & sleep overnight at our halfway venue with indoor accommodation at the YMCA. A great way to take on an epic challenge!

1st 1/2 CHALLENGE
50 KM

Kendal to Lakeside

7 June 2025

Starting from our Kendal Base Camp (where you can camp Fri / Sat), it’s north up the Long Sleddle Valley, and over the testing Garburn Pass with stunning views, and on to Windermere and Ambleside. It’s around the west side of Lake Windernere to the finish line and a big welcome (where you can  utilise the YMCA accommodation / transfer back to Kendal).

50 km & ~1300 metres

  • Start: Kendal basecamp
  • Start times: 7am for runners, 7 – 9am for joggers & walkers
  • Finish: Lakeside, Windermere
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs

Every 10-15 km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 29 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 50 km – hot meal
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

There’s a range optional parking & pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit. These include:

  • Parking at Kendal, Ambleside & Lakeside
  • Shuttles from Lakeside to the Start
  • Bus transfers from your Lakeside finish back to Kendal (basecamp) or Kendal station

 

See ‘Bookable Extras’ page for full details

Kendal – Friday 6 June (&/or Sat 7th)

  • Camp with us before your challenge 
  • Fully inclusive & pitch only options available
  • Pre registration on Friday evening & dinner option
  • Breakfast, parking, baggage storage, hot showers & more
  • You can also transfer back to Kendal basecamp – and camp there Sat evening.

 

Lakeside – Saturday 7 June

  • Book into the onsite YMCA Hostel – private & shared rooms available
  • Hot showers, refreshments, rest areas & more
  • Camping option also available (inclusive or self pitch)
  • Breakfast Sunday before heading home.

 

Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

2 available

50 km & ~1200 metres

  • Start: Lakeside YMCA, Windermere
  • Start times: Sat 7 June  – start 10am walkers/11am runners  on Saturday – or join up with a Full Challenger – or Sunday 8 June between 6 – 7am
  • Finish: Kendal basecamp (50 km)
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 30 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 50 km – hot food
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

There’s a range of optional parking & pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit. These include:

  • Parking at Kendal, Ambleside & Lakeside
  • Shuttles from Kendal to the Start (Lakeside)
  • Bus transfers from your finish back to Lakeside or Kendal station

 

See ‘Bookable Extras’ page for full details

Kendal – Friday 6 June camping Lakeside – Saturday 7 June

  • Book into the onsite YMCA Hostel – private & shared rooms available (for Sunday start)
  • Hot showers, refreshments, rest areas & more
  • Breakfast Sunday before heading out.

 

Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

2 available

2nd 1/2 CHALLENGE
50 KM

Lakeside to Kendal

7 or 8 June 2025

A great option if you want to join someone on the Full Challenge on Saturday evening to finish with them, or set off with most others on Saturday morning or early Sunday morning on your own fantastic challenge on the Sunday. A start on the west side of Lake Windermere then on to the steep climb of Hampsfell. Some flatter terrain in the Lyth Valley, before the final climb of Scout Scar with some of the best views of the Southern Lakes, and on to the very welcome finish line and celebration back at Kendal basecamp.

Lakes marathon
42km

Kendal to ambleside

7 June 2025

New for 2024 – and effectively takes the fantastic ‘1st Quarter’ Challenge – and adds 13 km around the Ambleside area – to give a superb Marathon Challenge!  Starting from our Kendal Base Camp (where you can camp Fri / Sat), it’s up the Long Sleddle Valley, and over the testing Garburn Pass with stunning 360 views towards Widermere, and then on to Ambleside. From here – the route explores Rydal Water’s edge and includes stunning views of ‘5 Lakes’. You’ll be rewarded with a medal, a glass of fizz, & a picnic lunch to celebrate back in Ambleside.

42 km & ~1200 metres

  • Start: Kendal basecamp
  • Start times: 7am for runners, 08:00 – 09:00 for joggers & walkers
  • Finish: Ambleside
  • Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 15 hrs.

Every 10 -15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 29 km – Good selection of snacks
  • Finish – Picnic lunch & fizzy drinks + glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

There’s a full range optional parking & pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit. These include:

  • Parking at Kendal + Ambleside (P & D)
  • Shuttles from Kendal Station & Ambleside to the Start 
  • Bus transfers from your finish back to Kendal (basecamp)

 

See ‘Bookable Extras’ page for full details

Kendal – Friday (+Saturday option also)

  • Camp with us before your challenge
  • Fully inclusive & pitch only options available
  • Pre registration on Friday evening & dinner option
  • Breakfast, parking, baggage storage, hot showers & more
  • Also suits for finishers on Saturday night 

 

Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

1st 1/4 CHALLENGE
29 KM

Kendal to Ambleside

7 June 2025

A fantastic ‘Quarter’ challenge – which sqeezes a lot into it! Starting from our Kendal Base Camp (where you can camp Fri / Sat), it’s north up the Long Sleddle Valley, and over the testing Garburn Pass with stunning 360 views towards Widermere, and then on to the charming town of Ambleside – on the shores of the Lake – and a welcome finish line.

29 km & ~900 metres

  • Start: Kendal basecamp
  • Start times: 8:30am – 9:30am
  • Finish: Ambleside
  • Finish times: Runners 2 – 3 hrs, joggers 3 – 5 hrs, walkers 4 – 7 hrs

Every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 29 km – Picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

There’s a full range optional parking & pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit. These include:

  • Parking at Kendal, + Ambleside (P & D)
  • Shuttles from Kendal Station & Ambleside to the Start 
  • Bus transfers from your finish back to Kendal (basecamp)

 

See ‘Bookable Extras’ page for full details

Kendal – Friday (+ Saturday option – Saturday also)

  • Camp with us before your challenge
  • Fully inclusive & pitch only options available
  • Pre registration on Friday evening & dinner option
  • Breakfast, parking, baggage storage, hot showers & more
  • Also suits for finishers on Saturday night 

 

Visit ‘Bookable Extras’ for full details 

10 km & ~350 metres

  • Start: Ambleside
  • Start window: 10:00 – 11:00 Runners will set off first, then joggers & walkers
  • Finish: Ambleside (10 km)
  • Parking – Local Pay & Display car park
  • Finish times: Runners 40 minutes – 1 hr,  joggers 1 – 2 hrs, walkers 2 – 3 hrs

At your finish in Ambleside – toilets, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more.

  • Finish – Picnic lunch,  glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

The Ambleside 10
10 KM

ambleside loop - 10 Km

7 June 2025

New 10 km looped route with a start & finish at Ambleside. The fabulous route explores a terrain along Rydal Water’s edge and includes stunning views of ‘5 Lakes’  – with Grasmere Lake and Loughrigg Tarn as well. You’ll be rewarded with a medal, glass of fizz, & a picnic lunch to celebrate your achievements.

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