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A “brief” overview of a scorching week running in the Lake District

By July 11, 2018 July 12th, 2018 One Comment

As the title indicates this is a quick whistle stop tour of our adventures last week, running with our Canadian clients here in the Lake District, England, U.K.

We had a week together running on six consecutive days clocking up 62.6mi, 14hrs 19mins & 17963ft elevation gain

Day 1 – Saturday:
A greet and meet, setting plans for the week and an opportunity for our clients JF and Michele to get orientated to Ambleside and the surrounding area.

Day 2 – Sunday
We started mid morning for shake out run, we set off from Elterwater and headed up towards Silver Howe and explored the low fell ground to take in some great views of the central fells. The weather was hot and sunny which led to two things, 1) a cool down dip in the river next to the Britannia Inn. 2) that the rest of the week would be early starts.

Day 3 – Monday
Bowfell via Rossett Pass and returning via The Band; an early 7am start saw us running up the Langdale Valley for 0730, tucking in the shade cast down from Harrsion Stickle which flanked the valley to our right as we headed up towards the fork between Stake Pass and Rossett Pass. The shade was short lived as we soon took to the steeper gradient and started to climb, the heat of the day was already baring down on us. The vista behind us grew more impressive with every upwards step, we couldn’t help to stop and stare at the amazing summer views. We skirted around angle tarn and headed up to Ore gap before working out way up onto the rocky summit of Bowfell, a warm summer breeze tugged gentle at our bodies willing us down towards Three tarns where we refuelled and got ready for a sensational fast descent along The Band and back towards Langdale. The Old Dungeon Ghyll beckoned to JF and Michelle and they enjoyed a cool Cumbrian Ale and we made plans for the rest of the week.

Day 4 – Tuesday
An early start to make the journey around to Seathwaite at the bottom of Borrowdale. We kitted up in the shade and headed South towards Taylorgill Force and onwards to Styhead Pass, we were chasing a large beautiful moon hanging in valley. We looped around via Esk Hause and dropped into the back of Langstrath. The day was heating up and a lunch stop was on the cards. Langstrath was lovely and quiet, and we enjoyed gentle miles along faint trods towards the meeting of Stake Pass. Stopping short of the Stake pass junction and lunching by turquoise blue waters and deep pools. After a break we continued north in the valley basin under the watchful eye of Cam and Eagle Crag, looping back to Seathwaite via Stonethwaite.

Day 5 – Wednesday
Today bucked the trend of starting in the valley floor and opted to start from Honister Slate Mine, the route was a simple out and back of sorts, we hit Haystacks and headed West along the ridgeline and picked off High Crag, High Stile and the rusty coloured Red Pike before turning and descending the 600 odd meters down into the wild Ennerdale Valley. Picking up the fire road we turned East and ate up the miles on the smoother access track towards Black Sail YHA, fresh water and some shade we swung into the re-entrant and left the Ennerdale valley behind us as we worked our way back across to Honister Slate Mine to finish with 13 miles and 5000ft in the bank.

Day 6 – Thursday
With 5 days of consecutive running in the legs we didn’t ease off and headed to the Coniston Fells for a fantastic Mountain Loop starting from Walna Scar road, we took in Levers Water, Prison Band, Swirl Howe, Great How Crags, Brim Fell, The Old Man of Coniston, Goats Hawse, Dow Crag, Buck Pike and finally Brown Pike to finish an amazing traverse of the Coniston Fell tops.

Day 7 – Friday
Day 7 was and optional extra day of running which JF and Michelle decided to go for, a flatter faster 10 miles. I choose the ultra classic Coffin Trail from Ambleside to Grassmere and then returning via Loughrigg and the Caves, a flatter faster 10 miles in comparison to the higher mountain routes that dominated the weeks itinerary.


If you are interested in a vacation or holiday that incorporates running from the valley bottoms to the high fells then look no further than Swift Running Company. All our guides are Mountain Training Association Mountain Leaders, First Aid qualified and highly experienced which means you can relax and enjoy your running holiday here in the Lake District, U.K. We tailor all our runs to the individual, whatever your level of fitness, experience or ambition we have a world class run to match. Just get in contact with us here via: ian@swiftrunningcompany.co.uk or + 44 (0) 7584 901 464. Finally a BIG THANKS to Valerie our Canadian Partner at Noamde Actif, providing trail running holidays all around the globe.

Ian Penney

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