The Lakes Biggest and Longest: 24 hours : August 2019

The Lakes Biggest and Longest: 24 hours : August 2019
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The Lakes Biggest and Longest challenge is almost a complete crossing of the Lake District National Park from South to North.

Challenge Information


The Lakes Biggest and Longest

24th - 25th August 2019 - Open Challenge

The Lakes Biggest Longest challenge is almost a complete crossing of the Lake District National Park from South to North. It involves canoeing, cycling and walking.

Along the route you will canoe Windermere, England’s longest lake and summit the countries highest peak, Scafell Pike.


Brief route plan

We collect participants from Keswick at 7am on the Saturday and transport you throughout the event, returning you to Keswick at the end of the event.

Meet team at Keswick - 7am - Saturday, transport team to Windermere.

Canoe Windermere - Ambleside - Start 8.30am - 9am

Cycle Ambleside - Old Dungeon Gill, Langdale

Walking Langdale - Scafell Pike

Cycle from Seathwaite - Derwent Water

Canoes Derwent Water - Bassenthwaite Lake

Transport team back to Keswick - End

The mini bus and support vehicles meet the team after each section so you can leave rucksacks, food and spare clothing on the vehicles.


Distance Travelled

33km canoeing

21km cycling

17km mountaineering 

71km total travelled


Estimated time

Approx. complete time is 24 hours



Footwear:  Walking boots have to be worn on mountain hiking section.  Trainers can be worn on Cycling and canoe section.

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

Warm hat, 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 section in case it is a wet weekend.

Food and 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.  The team will carry replacement water for refills.  Bring enough food to eat during the event, and snacks throughout to keep your energy levels high.

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 music  on can get them through a tough period on the challenge.

Wet wipes.

Suncream and sunglasses if appropriate.

What's Included
  • Transport from within the Lake District to the start of the challenge
  • Equipment such as Canoes, Paddles, Buoyancy Aids, Helmets, Mountain Bikes etc. for use during the challenge
  • Qualified instructors to lead you throughout the challenge
  • Support crew
  • Hot and cold drinking water to refill along the way
  • Transport back to your accommodation within the Keswick area after the challenge
  • Qualified guides 
  • Challenge photos

Not included

  • Own personal clothing
  • Suitable footwear
  • Waterproof clothing

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