A tough three day Lake District challenge that will test the physical and mental strength of any fell walker. With the wonderful town of Ambleside as the base, the routes navigate over three spines of Lakeland, which involves 66 miles, 17,300 feet of ascent, and reaching 33 Wainwright summits.
There is no better satisfaction than completing a challenge that pushes your abilities to their limits, however, even taking part is an achievement, and every step is a step closer to personal success.
For better mental health
Having wanted to plan a tough Lake District charity walk for some time, I suddenly got inspired to be creative after the loss of a very good friend of mine in 2015. Dave (Lakesnut) Clapham, had been suffering with depression for many years, however, it rarely came to the surface, and walking with Dave was entertaining as well as adventurous.
On a personal note, I will never find a better friend, a person who inspired me to wander off the beaten track to explore the hidden gems of the Lakeland Fells.
He was simply loved by everyone.
Dave and myself on Red Screes
Because of Dave’s depression I decided to personally raise funds for the charity Mind, which is a great cause that helps people with an illness that can be invisible to many.
When designing this challenge, I already had in mind a tough day’s walking that included the Helvellyn and Fairfield groups. This was to become ‘Ambleside to Threlkeld, The Hard Way’ and the first day of the challenge. I also had a route that seemed to be on my ‘to do’ list for some time, Penrith to Ambleside via High Street, later to become ‘Brocavum to Galava, A Roman Highway’.
It then suddenly dawned on me, that these two routes were in fact two spines running down the Eastern and Far Eastern Fells. So, my aim then was to find a third spine and it quickly became obvious to include the Central Fells, which coincidentally included Dave’s favourite fell, High Raise; this became ‘Grasmere to Keswick, The Bog Hop’ .
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I hope that I can inspire you to have a go at this three day challenge, either by choosing your own dates or by joining us on our annual event. Maybe this challenge will be a personal goal, to remember someone close, or to raise a few pennies for a great cause. I will certainly be having a swig of whisky on the summit of High Raise each year, to remember a very good friend who fell in love with Lakeland.