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The Course

With a double-summit of Wansfell Pike, our figure-of-eight course is about as tough as a 10k can be. It’s been hailed by past competitors as a classic in the making – we think you’re going to love it …

Wansfell Trail Race 2018 V1
Provisional race route supplied for illustrative purposes only. Route amendments and updates may be made at the Race Director’s sole discretion. © Harvey Maps.

What to expect

Starting at Rothay Park, the race route follows the footpath straight through the park and heads North East once over the bridge to come out opposite the University of Cumbria. It then follows the pavement/road past the Climbers Shop and Bilbo's Cafe to start the main ascent up the Stockghyll Force road and onto Wansfell. Ascending by the main footpath from Ambleside to the summit of Wansfell Pike, you will have burning lungs and legs. 

Once the summit is reached you will be glad of a short break for the legs until you start the undulations along the summit ridge which seem much tougher after the main ascent! This leads to the summit of Wansfell and a 'Wainwright' for all you baggers ... and the start of the first descent! It's a marked course, but in spirit it's a true fell run: you'll weave your way down a steep descent before taking the soft ground to the walled 'Hundreds Lane' and the new footpath to the start of the 2nd ascent. 

The second ascent is no easier, as tired legs and 'runable' terrain allow for a those with the fitness and skills to take this in 'their stride'. Make no mistake, it may not be a long race but it's a tough one! On reaching Wansfell Pike for a second time you will be directed down one of the best descents in the Lakes. The footpath is narrow and slippy in places, so take care as you go - but if you have the skills the race can be won or lost on this technical, amazingly flowing and fun part of the course. On reaching the 'Kiln' at the bottom of the descent you will be treated with a typical wooden 'Lakeland Style' to cross: tough on those crampy legs! 

Now enter a different realm, from fell to woodland trails and these are just perfect. Follow single track into the woods for some very technical terrain to start with before you join the main footpath (the one used in the iconic Lakeland 100/50) to come out opposite the large garden centre in Ambleside. Follow the Lakeland 100/50 route back to the park and your 'GLORY' finish. 

Wansfell Mountain Race is run on a fully marked and marshalled course. Expect a mix of road (not more then 20%), trails and single track (30%), open fell (40%) and woodland trails (10%). 

Route safety

  • The course is marshaled and fully marked throughout. 
  • There are no food/water stations on the route: should you need any supplies to complete the course, you must carry these with you 
  • No navigational experience is required to complete Wansfell Mountain Race. 

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