Walking the Bob Graham Round over 5 days

Q. Hi, I'm thinking of walking the Bob Graham Round. I'm sure you already know of this and you're aware it's supposed to be ran in 24 hours. I don't think I'll ever be fit enough to run 70 odd miles in a day, but I think the route is really attractive.

I thought it could be walked during the summer over a few days. I was wondering how long you would allow for this? Everyone taking part would be fit enough to walk long hours day after day.

The round is split in to 5 legs, but I'm not sure if 5 days would actually be more than required?

Obviously, places to camp would have to be planned carefully and this may have more influence on the overall time than each day's walking distance?

Any advice on this walk would be much appreciated.

Darcy Boyce, Nottingham


A. I just completed a five day walk round the BGR [Bob graham Round] yesterday. I could not have made it in four, though I am now 69. But I was blessed with perfect weather and stayed in hotels plus the YH at Honister. I started at Dunmail Raise, so did the two most arduous legs first, then had the benefit of an 'easy' day before the final two long days.

The most trying section was the ascent of Blencathra over the interminable moss of Mungrisedale Common. There's a vague sort of runners' path down from Great Calva to the river, well to the right of the boundary/fence, but then it disappears totally. On a previous visit I kept further right, which was better.

Peter Brown, Morecambe


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