The 40 routes in this guidebook offer some of the best trail running, fell running and sky running routes in the Lake District National Park, one of the world's great mountain running regions. Each route has been carefully graded to indicate terrain and difficulty so that the runner can select a route that suits their ability or aspirations for the day. Routes range from 5 miles to 21 miles, and include classics such as the Helvellyn skyline, Langdale Horseshoe, Borrowdale and Scafell Pike direct.
Detailed route descriptions and OS map extracts accompany each route, along with key facts, including distance, ascent, descent, timings, maps, transport and parking. There is a useful introduction explaining the history of trail and fell running in the Lake District, along with advice about the best bases for a trail running holiday, equipment and adapting to running off road.
There is a rich history of mountain running in the UK, and for many the Lake District is the spiritual home of fell running. Whether you want to follow the course of some of the classic fell races, or explore some of the quieter corners of the national park, the aim of this book is to inspire you to enjoy this thrilling sport in one of its greatest playgrounds.
Kingsley's love of the mountains started as a 5 year old. It wasn't a big surprise that he studied geography and glaciology at university. He has climbed the north faces of the Eiger, Matterhorn and Grandes Jorasses in the Alps, and led expeditions to mountains all over the world. Through mountaineering he developed a passion for a minimalist approach in the mountains, and soon discovered trail running as an ultimate form of fast and light travel. He runs a mountain running and guiding company (www.icicle.co.uk), and so divides his time between the Alps and the Lake District each year.
CONTENTS Overview map Map key Route summary table Introduction The Lake District Bases for a trail and fell running holiday Travelling to the Lake District Travelling around the Lake District Weather and forecasts Maps Safety and mountain rescue Mountain environment Local economy Mountain running in the Lake District What's the difference between trail and fell running? Trail and fell running kit Adapting to the fells Mountain skills Navigation Using this guide South-East Lakes Route 1 Loughrigg Fell circuit Route 2 Wansfell and Troutbeck Route 3 Fairfield Horseshoe Route 4 Stony Cove circuit Route 5 Kentmere skyline Route 6 Windermere and Kentmere Route 7 Easedale and Blea Rigg Route 8 Grizedale Forest Route 9 Black Crag and Tarn Hows Route 10 Claife Heights South-West Lakes Route 11 Old Man of Coniston Route 12 Langdale Horseshoe Route 13 Three Shires loop Route 14 Boot and Scafell Route 15 Duddon Valley Route 16 Scafell Pike Route 17 Torver and Walna Scar Route 18 Coppermines Valley Route 19 Langstrath loop Route 20 Tilberthwaite loop North-West Lakes Route 21 Buttermere and High Stile Route 22 Catbells and High Spy Route 23 Black Sail and Pillar Route 24 Tour of Kirk Fell Route 25 Mellbreak and Crummock Route 26 Coledale Horseshoe Route 27 Buttermere Sailbeck loop Route 28 Borrowdale loop Route 29 Walla Crag and Castlerigg Route 30 Skiddaw North-East Lakes Route 31 Blencathra loop Route 32 Dockray coach road Route 33 Gowbarrow loop Route 34 Askham and Patterdale Route 35 Martindale circuit Route 36 Patterdale loop Route 37 High Street Route 38 Helvellyn skyline Route 39 Helvellyn tour Route 40 Pinnacle Ridge skyrunning Appendix A Useful contacts