Combined 6/10 Peaks Challenge

Two contrasting routes in the Northern and Central fells!

Our combined 6/10 Peaks Challenge is ideally suited to teams with mixed fitness levels and provides a great platform for corporate team building and/or charity fundraising events. Teams can be pre-assigned to the circular 6 Peaks or the linear 10 Peaks route or alternatively, participants can decide which challenge to pursue after ascending Haystacks in consultation with your guides. Route information:-

The 6 Peaks event is a high level circuit around arguably the finest valley in England with its summits in close configuration. This is a strenuous walk that presents no technical difficulties. It starts and ends at the village of Buttermere, which is situated on the shores of the lake with the same name. We start from the Buttermere Dubs footbridge and then take the stone stepped path through Burntness Wood and up to Bleaberry Tarn before climbing the path to The Saddle and ascending Red Pike. We then continue along the ridge taking in High Stile and High Crag before descending the steep slopes of Gamlin End to Scarth Gap where we start our ascent to the twin summits of Haystacks. From Haystacks the path descends past Innominate Tarn and Blackbeck Tarn affording a superb view towards Green Gable, Great Gable and the mighty summit of Scafell Pike. The very fit may want to detour here to take in the spectacular views from Fleetwith Pike. However, for normal, mortal beings, six peaks is usually enough for one day. 

Our route next follows the path to Honister Hause and the famous Honister Slate Mine where we cross the road before starting the long slog up to the summit of Dale Head. On a clear day there are stunning views from the delightfully crafted summit cairn at Dale Head towards Blencathra, Skiddaw and the fells around Newlands Valley. From Dale Head we now embark on the eastern leg of our circuit following the ridge path along Hindscarth Edge and the left hand path along Littledale Edge before veering right to the summit of Robinson – our final peak. The route back is then reasonably straightforward, traversing rough open moorland of High Snockrigg (which can offer spectacular sunset views over Red Pike) before starting out on a knee jarringly steep descent to the Newlands Road above the church. 

Alternatively, the 10 Peaks Challenge is a fore-shortened version of the 2 day Lake District 24 Peaks Challenge and is based on the day 1 leg of this 2 day event. The 10 Peaks is designed to involve fairly strenuous exercise and for your own safety you must be aware of this and consider carefully whether your general level of fitness, or any particular illness or ailment prevents you from participation. This is a tough challenge that will test your endurance and strength. Set in the stunningly beautiful Lake District you will climb 10 peaks within 12 hours, encountering difficult terrain, lengthy descents and steep ascents along the way. Starting out from Buttermere your first objective is Red Pike and you should be on the summit in around 1hr 20m enjoying stunning views as you climb up through the forest towards Buttermere and Crummock Water and surrounding fells. You will then cover the length of the High Stile ridge climbing to High Stile and High Crag before your steep descent to Scarth Gap – first bail out point if anyone is flagging or picks up an injury. We then have a scrambly section as we make our way to the top of Haystacks with commanding views across Innominate Tarn to your next peak – Great Gable. from the summit of Great Gable you will enjoy a stunning panorama encompassing the Scafell Pike massif and Piers Gill – deepest ravine in the Lake District. We follow a steep descent route over loose rock and scree to the Stretcher Box adjacent Styhead Tarn – for a welcome breather before heading along the Corridor Route to the summit of Scafell Pike. En route you will have a commanding view of Great Gable and from the summit you will see Wastwater and it’s sister peak Scafell. After a short stop we then drop to a saddle before ascending Broad Crag and finally Great End before heading for our final peaks – Esk Pike and Bowfell. By this stage you will be starting to feel the effects of your exertions; however, there is now a final sting in the tail with a 3.5km long and never-ending descent down The Band to your finish point at Stool End Farm. Rest assured your mental and physical strength will be tested to the max! 

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. It would also be beneficial to do at least one training walk if possible on broken rough terrain walking for at least 8 hours. From an average fitness start point it is likely you will need to commit to a 3-4 month fitness training programme to maximise your chance of success. We can help you prepare for this event – for  information about our  pre-selection / training day click here.

Itinerary

Arrival day

Check into your accommodation in Keswick followed by early evening team briefing. Alternatively, we can arrange transfers from Penrith Rail Station.

Second day - Walking

Pick up at 06:00 and transfer by minibus to Buttermere starting challenge circa 06:30 or 05:30 early or late season. Our 10 Peaks route includes two exit points at Scarth Gap and before/after ascending Great Gable should anyone pick up an injury or struggle through lack of fitness. Alternatively, the 6 Peaks route has exits at Scarth Gap and Honister Slate Mine. On completion you will be transferred back to Keswick by minibus. Our minibus will be in attendance as contingency support throughout the day supporting both 6 and 10 peaks groups.

10 Peaks: Distance 28km, Ascent 2500m, Target time 12-14 hours, Terrain – mixed broken ground and scree with steep ascents and descent including some easier firmer ground. 6 Peaks: Distance 23km overall, Ascent 1700m, Target time, 4 hours. Terrain – mostly grassy slopes and undulating ridge lines.


Key Information

  • Advance booking required, minimum 8 weeks notice
  • Minimum group size 16, or reduced number by prior arrangement
  • Bring your own hiking gear and spare clothing in event of poor weather
  • We have First Aid and emergency equipment and are qualified to use it
  • Meeting point is Keswick or Penrith
  • We can arrange transfers from Penrith Railway Station if required

Package Includes

  • One days walking with experienced and licensed guides
  • Accommodation for two nights
  • Breakfasts and packed lunches
  • Training guidance information
  • Personal kit list and advisory service
  • Support transportation as required
  • 2-way radio communication – all staff
  • 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: 1 Day

Activities: Walking

Suitable for: Charity fundraising and/or team building groups.

Comments: This event is perfectly suited to larger mixed ability groups offering a 9-10 hour or 12-14 hour challenge from the same start point in Buttermere. There are also easy exits at Scarth Gap, Honister Slate Mine and Styhead Tarn in the event of fitness issues or injury incurred during the walk. Especially popular with our corporate clients looking for an event that will appeal to a wide variety of fitness levels.

Prices from: £225

Call: 017687 75337

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