Mountain Skills and Navigation for Runners - 2 days - Lake District

2 days based in the heart of the spiritual home of fell running, the Lake District National Park. We will cover the essentials of navigation and all of the skills you need to keep yourself safe whilst running in the hills
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Mountain Skills and Navigation for Runners - 2 days - Lake District

Time & Location

17 Jul, 09:00 BST – 18 Jul, 17:00 BST
Ambleside, Ambleside LA22, UK


Come and explore the spiritual home of fell and mountain running. Ambleside, in the heart of the Lake District, has all the adventure you could ever want right on its doorstep.

The rolling glaciated ridge line, rocky peaks, lakes and rivers draw the eye in. With a choice of smooth single-track, open trails and technical sections, this area is truly a runner's paradise.

We will spend our days discovering the classic trails of the area, gaining skills to deal with the rough terrain all while taking in the beauty of some of the biggest mountains in England. Our running guides are local to the area and know the best routes to ensure you get the most out of your trip.

This weekend is for anyone who wants to explore these incredible trails and have a weekend full of mountain fun. Focussed on the runner who wants to learn more about the mountain environment, practical skills, and about themselves. You’ll meet other runners who love the outdoors as much as you.

How it works

Day 1: Saturday

As always routes depend on the weather and conditions underfoot. We will strive to take you into the high mountains and to some of the lesser known trail running spots. Routes will always be tailored to the needs of the group with a distinct advantage of Lakeland trails is the range of options to make runs shorter or longer...and what’s more, they ALWAYS end at a pub!

We will meet at 0900 ready to go, Sam will fill you in on the plan, and we will head for the hills. This will be a long and steady day out. We’ll have plenty of time for coaching, chatting, and finding breathtaking backdrops for cool running pictures.

We will aim to get back to Ambleside Between 4 and 5pm for a cool down and stretch. After a few hours of relaxing and refuelling, if you wish you can join Sam on an evening recovery run to Lake Windermere for a sunset pint.

Day 2: Sunday

Time to finish off your legs and send you home feeling like you’ve had a full weekend of running. We will meet at 0900 and head out for a maximum of 5hrs, maybe even finding one more ‘Wainwright’ to tick off your list. Even though we will be in the hills for a good few hours don't be detured, there will be plenty of stops for coaching and to enjoy the environment. This is not a boot camp!!!

The aim is to be down off the mountain no later than 1500hrs to give people plenty of time to get cleaned up and enjoy some local food before heading home after a great weekend. 

Travel & Accommodation:

Getting there by Car: Ambleside is located 30 minutes drive from Junction 36 on the M6. Follow signs for Kendal, Windermere and then Ambleside.

Getting there by Train: Unfortunately there is no train line to Ambleside, the track ends at Windermere. We recommend taking one of the regular trains to Oxenholme Lake District, change here and get on a train to Windermere. From Windermere you can opt for either a taxi or the 555 bus to Ambleside, a short 10min journey.

Accomodation: In light of the current climate regarding Covid-19 I have taken the decision to not include group accomodation in the cost of this camp. This gives you the freedom to stay in the type of accommodation that you would most prefer as well as not having to share with other unknown guests. It will also give you the option of either traveling to the event on the friday night or the saturday morning. We feel like this is the safest option for everyone involved.

Below are some suggestions of accommodation in the local area, and I recommend you either choose one of these options or book something close by. We will have a convenient meeting point to meet at the start of each day and we will start our runs from there.

Kit List:

Running shoes (something with a good tread designed for off-road running), waterproof jacket, waterproof trousers, running pack with the ability to carry 1 litre of water plus spare layers, hat, gloves, spare warm layer, trail snacks, mobile phone (with a waterproof bag/cover … just in case!). For sunny forecasts, a cap and sunglasses might be handy.

What's Included:

  • 2 and a half days guided running with experienced and fully qualified running guide and coache. I guarantee to take you on the best trails in the area!
  • Sports Nutrition/hydration Products from partners to help fuel your runs
  • One to one caching and advice to help take your running to the next level

What’s not Included:

  • Travel to and from event
  • Accommodation
  • Meals

  • Into to Fell Running

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