The Borrowdale 10 Challenge - May 2017

The Borrowdale valley is one of the most iconic valleys the Lake District has to offer.

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The Borrowdale 10 Challenge - 12 hours

Saturday 20th May 2017 - Open Challenge

Only £50 per person payable when you secure places online.

The Borrowdale valley is one of the most iconic valleys the Lake District has to offer. Surrounding it’s upper reaches are some of the finest, and tallest mountains in England, and the objective of this challenge is to try and climb them all in just 12 hours.

From the sleepy hamlet of Seathwaite, your journey will start alongside a cascading waterfall as you make headway for Great Gable, the 8thhighest mountain in England. On the way you will ‘bag’ 2 further peaks. A long descent from Great Gable is followed by  a journey up towards Scafell Pike via the Corridor Route, the original guides route on the mountain. Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England is conquered after Lingmell, and the half way mark is also met. The second half of the challenge consists of taking in the rocky subsidiary tops of Scafell Pike, and then Great End, the 6th highest mountain in England. Just two peaks remain before journeying back to the start point.

In total there is 12 miles of walking, but a hearty 2000m of ascent over 10 peaks thrown in for good measure. Can you do it in just 12 hours?

This event was designed and is hosted by Lakeland Mountain Guides. It is ideally suited for anyone who has completed challenges such as the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge or the National 3 Peaks Challenge. 


We can can cater for groups of friends, companies and charities. 




Footwear:  Walking boots have to be worn.

Socks:  Walking socks, cotton socks should not be worn. Bringing spare socks is a good idea.

Trousers and tops:  Walking trousers fleece and base layers. Avoid cotton, synthetic materials are good and lightweight clothing is better as it dries faster and is easier to walk in when wet.

Waterproofs:  You must bring a (properly) waterproof jacket and trousers which will also act as wind proofs. Lightweight waterproofs are better as they do not become waterlogged, dry faster and take up less space in your bag.

Rucksack:  This does not need to be too big. Up to 45 litres will be fine but you should get away with a 25 litre sack.

Spare clothes:  It is a good idea to bring a bag of spare clothes. Definitely a full spare set of comfy clothes for on the minibus and a spare set for each mountain in case it is a wet weekend.

Water:  Keeping hydrated is very important however water is very heavy so you do not want to carry too much on the mountain.  We recommend around 2 - 3 litres be taken on the hill.


A few extras could include:

Walking poles -may be useful. They can especially help with tired knees on descent.


Deep heat / ibuprofen cream.

Music - Some people find that putting their MP3 on can get them through a tough period on the challenge.

Wet wipes.

Suncream and sunglasses if appropriate.



We operate a “leave no trace” policy.

We always follow the footpaths and we ask that you do not walk off the footpath or attempt to take any short cuts on the mountain.  No litter must be left. This includes banana skins and apple cores and cigarette ends. All litter must be taken back to the minibus. 



For your safety and that of the rest of the group you must follow instructions and advice given to you by your guide. If you do not then you may put at risk the safety and or continued participation of yourself and or the entire group.




What's Included
  • First aid trained mountain leader
  • Radio communications for added safety up the mountains

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