TRIPLE SPINE LAKELAND CHALLENGE: Three-day charity challenge with Ambleside as a key location

Dates: Friday 22 September to Sunday 24 September

Ambleside is at the heart of a tough three-day Lake District challenge being held to coincide with the festival that will test the physical and mental strength of any fell walker.

The routes navigate over three spines of Lakeland, which involves 66 miles, 17,300 feet of ascent, and reaching 33 Wainwright summits.

It is the brainchild of fellwalker Richard Jennings who, with four walking companions, completed the challenge last year. This year it’s back, bigger and better than ever, with upwards of 25 people already committed to walking at least one day.

Richard told Festival of the Fells: “There is no better satisfaction than completing a challenge that pushes your abilities to their limits, however, even taking part is an achievement, and every step is a step closer to personal success.

“Having wanted to plan a tough Lake District charity walk for some time, I suddenly got inspired to be creative after the loss of a very good friend of mine in 2015. Dave ‘Lakesnut’ Clapham, had been suffering with depression for many years, however, it rarely came to the surface, and walking with Dave was entertaining as well as adventurous.

“On a personal note, I will never find a better friend, a person who inspired me to wander off the beaten track to explore the hidden gems of the Lakeland Fells.

He was simply loved by everyone.

“When designing this challenge, I already had in mind a tough day’s walking that included the Helvellyn and Fairfield groups. This was to become ‘Ambleside to Threlkeld, The Hard Way’ and the first day of the challenge. I also had a route that seemed to be on my ‘to do’ list for some time, Penrith to Ambleside via High Street, later to become ‘Brocavum to Galava, A Roman Highway’.

It then suddenly dawned on me, that these two routes were in fact two spines running down the Eastern and Far Eastern Fells. So, my aim then was to find a third spine and it quickly became obvious to include the Central Fells, which coincidentally included Dave’s favourite fell, High Raise; this became ‘Grasmere to Keswick, The Bog Hop’ .

This is the itinerary for the Triple Challenge:

DAY ONE: Friday 22 September

Ambleside to Threlkeld, The Hard Way
– 21 miles
– 14 Wainwrights
– 7300ft of ascent
Ambleside > Red Screes > Little Hart Crag > Dove Crag > Hart Crag > Fairfield > Dollywaggon Pike > Nethermost Pike > Helvellyn > White Side > Raise > Stybarrow Dodd > Watson’s Dodd > Great Dodd > Clough Head > Threlkeld

Suggested timetable:

Ambleside 06:30
Red Screes 08:25
Little Hart Crag 09:30
Dove Crag 10:10
Hart Crag 10:40
Fairfield 11:15
Dollywaggon Pike 13:15
Nethermost Pike 13:40
Helvellyn 14:00
Whiteside 14:40
Raise 15:00
Stybarrow Dodd 15:40
Watson’s Dodd 16:10
Great Dodd 16:40
Clough Head 17:30
Threlkeld 18:30

DAY TWO: Saturday 23 September

Brocavum to Galava, A Roman Highway
– 25 miles
– 9 Wainwrights
– 4800ft of ascent
Brocavum > Tirril > Heughscar Hill > Arthur’s Pike > Bonscale Pike > Loadpot Hill > Wether Hill > Red Crag > High Raise > Kidsty Pike > Rampsgill Head > High Street > Thornthwaite Crag > Troutbeck > Robin Lane > Skelghyll Wood > Galava

Suggested timetable:

Brocavum, Brougham 06:30
Arthur’s Pike 10:15
Bonscale Pike 10:40
Loadpot Hill 11:15
Wether Hill 11:45
High Raise 12:45
Kidsty Pike 13:05
Rampsgill Head 13:20
High Street 14:10
Thornthwaite Crag 14:30
Mortal Man, Troutbeck 16:45
Galava, Ambleside 18:30

DAY THREE: Sunday 24 September

Ambleside to Keswick, The Bog Hop

– 20 miles
– 10 Wainwrights
– 5200ft of ascent
Ambleside > Loughrigg Fell > Silver How > Blea Rigg > Sergeant Man > High Raise > Greenup Edge > Ullscarf > Standing Crag > High Tove > High Seat > Bleaberry Fell > Walla Crag > Keswick

Suggested timetable:

Ambleside 06:30
Loughrigg Fell 07:40
Silver How 09:20
Blea Rigg 10:30
Sergeant Man 11:30
High Raise 11:55
Ullscarth 13:00
High Tove 14:50
High Seat 15:40
Bleaberry Fell 16:40
Walla Crag 17:20
Moot Hall, Keswick 18:30

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