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Can you complete the Lake District Challenge?

On the 17th & 18th of June 2000 we are arranging, in conjunction the
multiple sclerosis society, a two day sponsored cycle ride. The ride will be
mainly off road in the Lake District, passing 12 lakes and covering a total
distance of around 80 miles. All proceeds will be donated to the Multiple
Sclerosis Society.


An exhilarating and exciting ride over some of the best tracks in the U.K.
(not for the faint hearted), coupled with some of the finest scenery
anywhere in the world makes this a ride not to be missed. Cycling in a
large group together and recapping experiences of the day over a few beers
creates a fantastic atmosphere – that is why 30 of last years riders have
already applied to take part again this year.

Last year 35 riders completed the coast to coast and raised £7000 for
the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

This year we are aiming for £12000 -to reach our target we need:

80 riders with sponsorship of at least £100 each, plus further sponsorship


Each rider will be expected to raise a minimum of £100 in sponsor money.

Overnight accommodation (no itchy beds) and meals en-route will be booked in
advance (at the rider’s expense)

The first 60 riders enrolling will receive a free cycling shirt.

Full support will be provided along the route including free refreshments,
mars bars, etc and of course bananas.

To enrol for the ride you need contact: Ann Paterson, The Multiple Sclerosis
Society, 11 Highwood Rd, Appleton, Warrington, WA4 5AG.
e-mail [email protected].

There is an enrolment fee of £30 – this covers overnight accommodation and
evening meal at the Summergrove Hostel, (60 single rooms and 5 twins are
available for the first to apply), maps for the route are also be included.


Day 1

Ø Start the Glebe in Bowness on Windermere at 8.30am, Saturday 17th June

Ø Take the ferry across the lake

Ø Bridleways over Claife Heights to Hawkshead (approx. 1 hr)

Ø Follow the road out of Hawkshead to join forestry tracks in Grizedale

Ø Tracks through forest lead to a bridleway that takes us to the east of
Coniston Lake (about 1hr)

Ø Snack break at Coniston

Ø Take lakeside road to Coniston and head up the tarmac wall to the Walna
Scar bridleway leading to Seathwaite (approx 2 hrs)

Ø Lunch at small cafe’s in Seathwaite. (1 hr)

Ø Forestry tracks and bridleways to Eskdale (1.5 hr)

Ø Snack Break at Eskdale

Ø Eskdale to Wasdale via bridleways (1.5 hrs)

Ø Wasdale to Summergrove via bridlepaths and road (1.5 hrs)

Ø Overnight Stop

Day 2

Ø 8.30am start

Ø From Summergrove back up railway track towards Ennerdale following
bridleway past Floutern Tarn and down to Buttermere (climb 1200ft) time (2

Ø Snack break at Buttermere

Ø From Gatesgarth follow Honister Pass (road section) to Borrowdale and the
Bridleways to Grange and around Derwentwater to Keswick (2 hrs)

Ø Lunch in Keswick (1 hr)

Ø Follow old railway track out of Keswick to join St Johns in the vale road
to Thirlmere then down the West Side of the lake to Wythburn and join the
A591 to Grasmere (2 hrs)

Ø Snack Break at Grasmere

Ø From Grasmere West Side of the lake to Loughrigg tarn and follow
bridleways to Ambleside (1 hr)

Ø Ambleside join bridleway near garden centre to take you over Jenkin Cragg
to Troutbeck. Join bridleway at Limefitt Park, which links to Garburn Road,
pass Dubs reservoir to High Borrans and back down into Windermere (2 hrs)

Ø Finish back on the Glebe at Bowness

Two 10 hour days but there is plenty of scope to trim down the miles by
substituting tracks with road sections.


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