Mountain Trails: Crossing the Lake District

Coniston, UK

Coniston, UK

Thu 05th August 2021 - Sat 07th August 2021

2 races

£100.00 - £475.00


The ongoing corona-virus pandemic is, understandably, a concern for many people around the world. During this uncertain time, we have postponed all existing and future departures up until the end of 2020.

We are taking bookings for departures into 2021 and beyond into 2022, but understand anyone considering travel will likely have additional concerns and questions.

During uncertain times, flexibility and confidence can be invaluable, and we understand you might be apprehensive when it comes to booking a trail running adventure right now.

So, we wanted to outline our assurances for all new and existing bookings:

On all new bookings.

For all new bookings we have now included a six-week cooling off period which begins after the day your book with us. What that means is that your initial deposit is fully-refundable in the event that you change your mind, no questions asked.

Once the six-week cooling off period has ended your deposit payment then comes in line with our existing terms and conditions which states that deposit payments made are non-refundable in the event of cancellation by yourself. You can read our terms and conditions policy here.

For all bookings, we’re allowing you to flexibly change to any other future departure (dependent on availability) using existing monies paid as credit. We are also reducing the number of days’ notice we ask for before your departure for you to make changes, down from 90 days to 45 days. This means you can change your trip, for any reason, up to 45 days before your scheduled departure date. No hassle, no questions asked and no charge. If you choose to amend your booking, you can select any new destination or departure date.

All customers booking with Pure Trails Adventure are fully financial protected in the unlikely event of financial failure by the company. When you book your adventure with us you are covered by the Travel Regulation Insolvency Protection. What that means is that your holiday with us is financially safe, secure and water tight with 100% protection and no additional cost.

As a travel company based in the UK, we follow The Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO). If they advise against ‘all but essential travel’ or ‘all travel’ to a destination, we’ll postpone or amend itineraries in accordance with this advice. If your running adventure is affected as a result of these changes, one of our team will contact you directly. If we need to postpone your trip for any other reason, we’ll be in touch with you as soon as we can.

Please, rest assured, though – if your trip is postponed, for any reason, you will still get the running adventure you paid for, on a date that suits you and this will remain 100% financially protected.

Pure Trails Adventure has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

Join us on this spectacular trail running journey as we cross the Lake District National Park - taking in some of the finest trails and landscapes the UK has to offer.

Our journey begins as we pick up flowy mountain trails, heading into hidden valleys and over the mountainous ‘Stake Pass’. Along our way we’ll pass waterfalls, have the chance to go wild swimming in crystal clear streams and travel over Lakeland fells - jaw-dropping views are guaranteed!

This fully-guided and fully-supported adventure takes in a distance of 72km which is split over three days. We’ll aim to cover an average distance of 15 miles per day, staying in cosy pubs little hotels just off the trail which makes for a perfect base to relax at the end of each day.

Price is per person, based on Twin / Double share. Single supplement of £90 per person.


  • Pay Deposit

    Balance of £375 Due 12 Weeks Before Departure

    £100.00 CLOSED
  • Pay Full Amount
    £475.00 CLOSED


  • Pay Deposit

    Balance of £375 Due 12 Weeks Before Departure

    £100.00 CLOSED
  • Pay Full Amount
    £475.00 CLOSED
What's Included

- 2 nights accommodation in cosy pubs

- Fully-supported trail running trip

- Breakfast and picnic lunches throughout the trip

- Two qualified trail running guides throughout

- Support vehicle throughout (Fully stocked)

- 3 Days of Trail Running on exceptional trails

- Luggage transfer from point to point

- Aid stations

- 12-week training plan

- Running technique and advice from UK qualified coaches

- Evening running lectures

NOT Included:
Arrival / departure transportation
Evening meals
Personal equipment
Personal bills
Additional excursions
Insurance (REQUIRED before the trips departure - for accidents, health and emergency evacuation, loss, theft or damage to baggage or personal effects)
Pre/Post Excursions

Event Details

Total Distance: 72 Kilometres

Total Running Days: 3 Days

Lowest Elevation: 51m

Highest Elevation: 639m

Elevation Gain: + 1686m




Moderate graded trail runs normally follow on well established trails and route at lower altitudes which are generally lower than 1,500m. Some of the trails will involve some short, steep ascents. Previous experience is not essential.


Suitable for runners who are fit and active and can comfortably run up to 6 - 10 miles per day. The trips involve lots of impromptu stops and our time on the trail will typically be between 3-4 hours per day.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Coniston to Langdale

Distance: Approx. 10 Miles (16km)
Time: 3 -4 hours trail running

We start this morning at 09:00 from the pretty Cumbrian town of Coniston - surrounded by mountain peaks with the nearby shores of a lake which shares the same name - it’s a perfect appetiser for things that are to come on our spectacular trail journey ahead.

Leaving the town behind we quickly pick up a well established trail that has us weaving around Lakeland peaks, alongside mountain streams and you can’t miss the endless fields filled with Herdwick sheep.

Before long we’ll run through the charming little villages of Skelwith Bridge and Elterwater where our support vehicle will be waiting for us. From here on in you’ll notice the views quickly ramp up as we enter the unspoilt Langdale Valley.

The route heads deeper into the valley with a surprising lack of ascent which makes for very enjoyable running.

We’ll reach our final destination for the day when we arrive at the Old Dungeon Ghyll a remote hotel in a magnficent setting. With time to relax and toast our day over a few drinks in the bar.

For those that are keen to do more there is the option of heading up to Stickle Tarn - a picture perfect mountain lake surrounded by the mountains of Pavey Ark and Harrison Stickle.

Day 2 - Langdale to Keswick via the Stake Pass

Distance: Approx. 16 miles (25km)
Time: 4 - 5 hours trail running

Today is a real jewel in the crown of our crossing.

We’ll leave the Old Dungeon Ghyll behind and head into a deeper part of the Valley where we begin our ascent of the Stake Pass - a mountain pass which seperates the valleys of Langdale and Borrowdale.

Tackling the pass which levels out nicely at the top, before zig-zagging sharply the route descends past waterfalls with stunning views up to Derwent Water and to the big mountains beyond.

We continue our descent until we arrive at the valley bottom where - weather depending - we can stop to go wild swimming at Black Moss Pot, an idyllic pool of water.

From here we continue our journey until the reach the southern tip of Derwent water, our trail now continues to follow the western side of the Lake until we reach the charming town of Keswick, arriving at our hotel for check-in and a good relax after a long day.

Day 3 - Keswick to Caldbeck, via Skiddaw Haus - Depart Keswick

Distance: Approx. 16 miles (25km)
Time: 4 - 5 hours of trail running

We have another cracking day today as we complete our final section of our crossing. Stepping out into the main square of Keswick, we’ll pick our way through the town as we quickly ascent the small peak of Latrigg - looking back the view is absolutely breath taking.

Our routes picks it’s way between two Lakeland giants - Skiddaw & Blencathra (the fourth & fourteenth highest peaks in the Lake District) as we thread our way on land which was once an ancient forest.

We’ll pull into the remote ‘Skiddaw Haus’ - a mountain hostel - before continuing our journey past ‘White Water Dash’ - a mountain waterfall - which brings us out of the northern realms of the Lake District National Park.

Our journey from here onward is a very pleasant undulating trail which finally brings us to our finishing point in the picturesque village of Caldbeck.

We’ll celebrate completing the journey at a local pub, before we take a group transfer back to Keswick for our onward departures.

*Please note that the itinerary is subject to minor changes. We may run distances further or less depending on the general feeling of the group.

Where Do We Stay?

Beautiful Small Pubs

Over the course of our Lake District Crossing we will be staying in two different accommodations. We’ll be staying in cosy Lake District pubs (3 Star) which offer comfortable rooms and restaurants for us to relax after a hard day on the trail.

We select accommodation that is in close proximity to the trails which make it easier to access.



Being a group of max. 12 runners with a mixture of ages and running abilities we may decide to split into flexible groups, all of which will be supported by our running guides who will travel with us on the trip.

By splitting the group will allow us all to move more fluidly, allowing all team members to run at their own comfortable pace, without feeling pressured.


The terrain is undulating and includes some steep hill sections which we walk, as well as some steep down hill sections at times.

We’ll be running through valleys, over mountain passes, through quaint villages, alongside lakes and streams. Underfoot conditions consist of of a mixture of hard-packed, as well as bouldery sections when we travel deeper in the mountains.


We run the trails in mid-summer when the countryside is lush and green. We can expect daily temperatures to sit on average of 20 degrees C, however being Britain there is every chance of a hot spell (25 degrees C) or a colder spell (sub-18 degrees C).

This also being the Lake District you should prepare for the high chance of rain and wind, as well as bright sunshine. In the mountains it is not unusual to experience four-seasons in one-day.

Way Marking

The journey will be hosted by one-qualified running guide, although as the group is likely to spread out over short sections we will be making every effort to way-mark the route.

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Coniston, UK