Classic Summits & Cycling Challenge

A challenging two day adventure on the fells of the Northern Lake District

The Classic Summits & Cycling Challenge involves two big days out exploring the mountains of Helvellyn and Blencathra. Your base is the Lodore Falls Hotel in the heart of the stunning Borrowdale valley. Our first day goal is the exposed ridges of the eastern approach to Helvellyn and we travel there and back by bike. The second day has options of either a bike ride or a hill walk, depending on your preference. The activities of Day 1 are expected to take around 10 hours whilst Day 2 has an earlier finish usually around 2pm.

We recommend that in the lead-up to this challenge, participants work on building up their stamina with weekly cardio-vascular exercise of a minimum of 1 hour per day, 5 days per week to build up their calf + quad muscles. In addition, they should be doing a regular bike ride at least every couple of weeks building up to 50 miles circa 4 to 5 hours. We can help you prepare for this event – for  information about our  pre-selection / training day click here.


First day - Stage 1 - Cycling

An invigorating bike ride on tarmaced back roads from the Lodore Falls Hotel to Glenridding. Passing through the magnificent scenery of the Lake District.
Distance, 22 miles. Target time, 2 hours. Terrain, mixed B and A roads.

First day - Stage 2 - Helvellyn Ascent

Ascend one of England’s highest peaks via the famously airy routes of Striding Edge and Swirral Edge. A truly memorable experience.
Distance, 10 miles. Target time, 5 hours. Terrain, rough mountain paths and exposed ridge scrambles.

First day - Stage 3 - Cycling

Our trip back to Lodore Falls continues the road circumnavigation of Helvellyn via the stiff pull up the Kirkstone Pass, the steep descent to Ambleside down The Struggle, and the scenic, more mellow, return route of Dunmail Raise and the Thirlmere shore road..
Distance, 32 miles. Target time, 3 hours. Terrain, mixed B and A roads.

Second day - Stage 4 - Cycling Option

Stage 4 takes place on Day 2
The cycling option targets are:
Distance, 50 miles. Target time, 5 hours. Terrain, mixed B and A roads.

Second day - Stage 4 - Walking Option

Stage 4 takes place on Day 2
This walking option is of the Blencathra ascent and the targets are:
Distance, 4.5 miles. Target time, 4 hours. Terrain, challenging and rough mountain paths.

Key Information

  • Advance booking required, minimum 8 weeks notice
  • Minimum group size 8, or reduced number by prior arrangement
  • Bring your own biking and hiking gear
  • We have First Aid and emergency equipment and are qualified to use it
  • Meeting point is Lodore Falls Hotel
  • We can arrange transfers from Penrith Railway Station if required

Package Includes

  • Two days cycling and walking with experienced and licensed guides
  • Accommodation for two nights
  • Breakfasts and packed lunches
  • Cycle, helmet hire and spare inner tubes
  • Training guidance information
  • Personal kit list and advisory service
  • Support transportation as required
  • Trekking poles and head torches if required
  • Cotswold Outdoor Voucher – 15% discount
  • Photographic highlights of your event uploaded to Dropbox 
  • Local information plus second to none service with passionate staff!

Duration: 2 Days

Activities: Cycling, Walking and Scrambling

Suitable for: Private or corporate teams looking for a charity fundraiser, personal development and/or team building event.

Comments: An exciting 2 day event launched in 2016 which requires a level of cycling proficiency on tarmac; however, participants do not require prior mountain walking experience. A mid-level challenge suitable for larger mixed ability groups offering an activity choice on the fore-shortened second day. This event has proven very popular with many of our corporate clients and participants have the option of supplying their own bikes.

Prices from: £350

Call: 017687 75337

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