Sea to Summit Challenge

A tough adventure challenge from the coast to Wasdale Valley

A true sea to summit challenge, this 1 day adventure starts on the West coast of the Lake District, actually touching the Irish sea. The adventure begins, first by bike, riding east through some of the small rural towns and villages of the area to the foot of the Wasdale Valley, reaching the shores of the spectacular Wast Water itself. Surrounded by the mountains of the central fells, weather permitting it is possible to see the main objective, Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. At this point we change our mode of transport from bikes to canoes, using paddle power to journey the length of Wast Water, at 79 metres the deepest lake in England, to reach Wasdale Head. On reaching the shore we leave our canoes behind to continue on foot, to complete the ascent of Scafell Pike, journeying through a post glacial landscape and surrounded by British mountaineering history, including views of the Napes, regarded as the birth place of British climbing. On reaching the summit of Scafell Pike, rewarded with inspirational views of the surrounding mountains of the Lake District, we take a short breather before turning round to reverse our journey via foot, canoe, then finally bike back to the West coast and the Irish sea.  
The time to complete the full challenge is expected to be around 8-10 hours.

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 distance circa 4 to 5 hours. We can help you prepare for this event – for  information about our  pre-selection / training day click here.


Stage 1 - Cycling

Setting off from the end of the Jetty in Seascale, there’s a few metres walk to where the bikes are waiting on the shore. A cycle route using rural tarmac roads, through Gosforth, to the shores of Wast Water.
Distance 13.6km, Ascent 253m, Descent 191m, Target Time 1hr, Terrain – tarmac B roads

Stage 2 - Canoeing

Launching onto Wastwater using canoes, we paddle north east along its length to land at Wasdale Head.
Distance 3.5km, Target Time 1hr, Terrain – open water canoeing.

Stage 3 - Walking

From Wasdale Head we start our ascent of Scafell Pike by foot. Initially following Lingmell Gill, using a stone built path, to the corrie below the historic rock climbing areas of Scafell crag and Pikes crag. Hear a rough path through the boulder field left behind from glaicers takes us to Lingmell Coll, then the final steep climb to the summit of Scafell Pike. From here we retrace our path back to the shore of Wastwater to find our canoes.
Distance 8.5km, Ascent 907m, Target Time 4hrs, Terrain – rough mountain tracks

Stage 4 - Canoeing

We reverse the original canoe journey, south west down the length of Wast Water, back to the bikes.
Distance 3.5km, Target Time 1hr, Terrain – open water canoeing.

Stage 5 - Cycling

For our return cycle ride we take a slightly different route back to Seascale. Using the rural tarmac roads out of Wasdale through Santon Bridge and Drigg, to return to the coast and where we started our adventure.
Distance 16km, Ascent 175m, Descent 234m, Target time 1.5hrs, Terrain – tarmac A/B roads

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 Keswick, Oxenholme or Penrith
  • We can arrange transfers from Oxenholme or Penrith Station if required

Package Includes

  • Canoeing, cycling and walking with experienced and licensed guides
  • Canoes, buoyancy aids, bike and helmet hire
  • 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: Cycling, Walking, Canoeing

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

Grade: A medium level triathlon event including the ascent of England’s highest peak! A level of cycling experience is required but participants do not require prior mountain walking or canoeing experience.

Prices from: £275

Call: 017687 75337

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