The Big Rounds

Running and walking the Bob Graham, Paddy Buckley and Charlie Ramsay Rounds

By David Lintern

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Guidebook to walking and running the 'Big Rounds' - The Bob Graham, the Charlie Ramsay and the Paddy Buckley. Includes practical information and advice, notes on access and environmental impact, tales from the Rounds, plus insights and strategies from the likes of Jasmin Paris, Nicky Spinks, Charlie Ramsay, Jim Mann and Paddy Buckley.

Seasons

Seasons

Predominantly spring and summer, but with advice on timed round attempts in the winter from the current record holder, Jim Mann.
Centres

Centres

England: Keswick/Ambleside/Wasdale Wales: Capel Curig/Blaenau Ffestiniog/Betws Coed/Llanberis/Ogwen Scotland: Fort William/Fersit
Difficulty

Difficulty

Each of the three rounds is presented as a 24-hour running challenge, and a week-long backpacking circuit. Both of these options are genuine challenges for experienced outdoors people. However, there is additional information for those who prefer a more relaxed pace. All of the routes are also described as day trips and/or as 'sections' of smaller running or backpacking routes.
Must See

Must See

The Big Rounds - running and walking the Bob Graham, the Paddy Buckley and the Charlie Ramsay rounds - is a guide to Britain's three most challenging long-distance mountain rounds, and the people who love them. These routes are grand, circular tours of the Lake District, Snowdonia and Lochaber, and the book includes a full guide to each round for both walkers and runners, the history of each round, and advice from running and backpacking experts.
ISBN
9781852847722
Availability
Not Yet Published
Available
15 Aug 2019
Edition
First
Pages
192
Size
24.0 x 17.0 x 1.5cm
  • Overview

    Guidebook to walking or running Britain's three most challenging long-distance mountain rounds: the Bob Graham Round (Lake District), the Paddy Buckley Round (Wales) and the Charlie Ramsay Round (Scotland). Includes practical information and advice, notes on access and environmental impact, plus insights and strategies from the likes of Jasmin Paris, Nicky Spinks, Charlie Ramsay, Jim Mann and Paddy Buckley.

    Designed to inform and inspire, this book is aimed at both walkers and runners (against the clock, or otherwise) keen to discover these epic and extremely challenging routes. Showcasing spectacular photography, tales from the Rounds, and the history of each - as well as invaluable information to help with planning and preparing - this book is a must for anyone embarking on one (or all!) of these iconic Rounds.

    Known to mountain runners as three of the most difficult 24-hour challenges in the world, each Big Round is a long-distance classic in the history and culture of 'fell' or hill running. Collectively, the 'Big 3' take in 113 mountain summits (including the highest peaks in England, Wales and Scotland), over 25,000m (83,000ft) of ascent and nearly 300km (183 miles) across three of Britain's most distinct mountain ranges - the Snowdonia National Park in Wales, the Lake District National Park in England, and a vast area of Lochaber in the highlands of Scotland.

  • Contents

    Contents
    Introduction
    What are the Big Rounds?
    Using this book
    The book’s approach
    Mountaincraft and personal safety
    When to go
    Who to go with
    Equipping for the Rounds
    Environmental impact and leave no trace
    Access and the right to roam – differences in law and in practice
    The Bob Graham Round
    Leg 1 Keswick to Threlkeld
    Leg 2 Threlkeld to Dunmail Raise
    Leg 3 Dunmail Raise to Wasdale
    Leg 4 Wasdale to Honister Pass
    Leg 5 Honister Pass to Keswick
    Practicalities
    Getting there and around
    Water
    Suggested backpacker’s itinerary
    Alternative ways to complete the Bob Graham Round
    Places to stay and resupply
    Support for runners
    Rules for runners
    The history of the Round
    A runner’s story: Rob Bushby
    The Paddy Buckley Round
    Leg 1 Capel Curig to Nantmor
    Leg 2 Nantmor to Pont Cae’r Gors
    Leg 3 Pont Cae’r Gors to Llanberis
    Leg 4 Llanberis to Ogwen YHA
    Leg 5 Ogwen to Capel Curig
    Practicalities
    Getting there and around
    Water
    Suggested backpacker’s itinerary
    Alternative ways to complete the Paddy Buckley Round
    Places to stay and resupply
    Support for runners
    Rules for runners
    The history of the Round
    A runner’s story: Sue Walsh
    The Charlie Ramsay Round
    Route guide
    Leg 1 Glen Nevis to Luibeilt via the Mamores
    Leg 2 Luibeilt to Fersit – the valley section
    Leg 3 Fersit to Glen Nevis YHA
    Practicalities
    Getting there and around
    Water
    Suggested backpacker’s itinerary
    Alternative ways to complete the Charlie Ramsay Round
    Places to stay
    Support for runners
    Rules for runners
    The history of the Round
    A runner’s story: Jasmin Paris
    Advice, insights and strategies from the hill running community
    Paddy Buckley
    Wendy Dodds
    Charlie Ramsay
    Nicky Spinks
    Helene Whitaker
    Jasmin Paris
    Jim Mann
    Mike Hartley
    Keri Wallace

    Appendix A: Hills and their heights
    Appendix B: Distance and elevation at a glance
    Appendix C: Firsts on the Rounds
    Appendix D: Round extensions, and other eye-wateringly long challenges
    Appendix E: Further reading and viewing

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    July 2019


    In the book, Jasmin Paris tells the story of her record breaking Ramsay Round in 2016. In early July 2019, Es Tresidder became the new record holder for the Ramsay. Jasmin ran the final (Grey Corries) leg with him as a pacer, helping him knock just over a minute off her own time.

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David Lintern

David Lintern is an award-winning photographer and writer, an average mountaineer and a below average runner. He has previously been a cinema projectionist, a sound engineer, a youth music worker and a university lecturer, founded a small refugee charity and fundraised for the John Muir Trust. After a lifetime spent in cities he now lives in the Cairngorms, writes about the uplands, and both guides and teaches outdoor photography. The Big Rounds is his first book.

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