The Lake District Three Peaks Challenge

Q. Hi Editor

I hope you can help me with what seems a simple question, but I just can't find a definitive answer to it.

Myself, a couple of friends & my son are looking to do a Lake District based 3 peaks 24 hour challenge.

I can't seem to find any info on the subject, i.e. which 3 mountains are classed as the 3 to do, recognised start points, routes etc.

There is plenty of info on the Yorkshire 3 peaks & the National one, but none for the Lakes. I hope someone can help me out on this query.

Many thanks in advance.

Mike Ridley, Durham City


A. As far as I am aware - there isn't one.

The Lake District already offers plenty of '3 peaks type' walks - and you could pick almost any three of the higher mountains as your three.

We have a number of grade 9 walks that might suit your needs - see walks:

c110 The Eskdale Skyline from Wha House Farm, Eskdale 

c120 The Ennerdale Horseshoe 

c141 Great Gable and Pillar from Wasdale Head, Wast Water 

c162 Stony Cove Pike, Red Screes and Hart Crag from Brothers Water 

and

c166 The Scafell Masiff from Wha House Farm, Eskdale 

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)


A. I haven't heard of a Lake District Three Peaks Challenge but there is an annual Four Peaks 3000s - a circular route that links Skiddaw, Scafell, Scafell Pike, and Helvellyn (approximately 46 miles and over 10,000 ft of ascent).

It's usually held over a weekend in late June (starts and finishes in Keswick.) Start time is 2am.

I did it a few years ago and found it tough but superbly well organised and marshalled.

I can't remember who organises the event but it features in the Long Distance Walkers' Association diary of events

Hugh Evans, Southport


A. The Challenge is the 3 old county tops of Westmorland, Cumberland and Lancashire. Helvellyn, Scafell Pike and the Old Man of Coniston. This is about the same ascent (10,000 feet) to the lakes 3000's but only 35 miles instead of 45.

Mick Butters, Staffordshire


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