Trail and Fell Running in the Lake District
40 runs in the National Park including classic routes
Guide to 40 of the best trail, fell and skyrunning routes in the Lake District, including Helvellyn skyline and Scafell Pike direct. Highlights include recces of Cumbria's best ultra and fell race routes including the Langdale Horseshoe and Borrowdale. Includes info on the history of fell running, races and adapting for the fells.
SeasonsThese trail and fell runs can be tackled throughout the year, though the most popular season is from Spring through to Autumn.
CentresAmbleside, Windermere, Coniston, Eskdale, Borrowdale, Keswick, Buttermere, Dockray, Glenridding, Threlkeld and Rosthwaite.
DifficultyEach route has been carefully graded to indicate the style of running terrain, from wide trails, to single track, or technical skyrunning. This ensures you select a route that suits your experience and aspirations. In addition to the technical grade, distance, height gain / loss, and timings are provided.
Must SeeExplore some of the classic mountain running regions around the Lake District, the birthplace of fell running. Highlights include the routes of some of the most famous fell races in the national park including Langdale Horseshoe and Borrowdale fell races.
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.
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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's 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.View author profile
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