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Trek the Lake District – 8in48

Start Date
15 September 2017, 6:00pm
End Date
17 September 2017
Event Location
Lake District
15-17 September 2017
Registration fee
£20 to secure a place (Usually £75)
Event cost - to be paid 8 weeks before the event
Pledged minimum sponsorship
Minimum age
18 years
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Join our team on this fully organised challenge to summit the eight highest peaks in the Lake District in just 48 hours!

Based in Keswick/Ambleside for the weekend this challenge combines the comfort of hot showers, drying room and good food with two hard days of trekking.

You’ll meet up at our bunkhouse in the Lake District to be briefed about the challenge ahead and have a quick kit check.

To complete Trek the Lake District – 8in48 you have to have trained hard to build up your fitness beforehand and you can help test yourself beforehand on our free training walks.

On day one you’ll tackle three of the peaks as a warm up to day two. This is Skiddaw, Helvellyn Lower Man and Helvellyn. It will take about 6 hours to complete but you’ll get a good feel for the paths and terrain.

The second day is the big one with twelve hours of walking going from peak to peak. You’ll complete the other five mountains as you follow our guides heading back across the Scafell mountain range towards the finish line – Keswick!

It’s then time to celebrate back at the bunkhouse with a few drinks and hot trekkers grub!

Leading up to the challenge you will be well prepared by our experienced Challenge Events Team with regular updates, support with your training/fundraising and have the opportunity to meet other team members on our organised free Trek the Lake District 8in48 training walks.

If you have any questions about the challenge please email or call Steve 01242 548761.

Team Benefits

1. Free kit including finishers T-shirt

FREE gear including Lakes 8in48 finishers t-shirt and Vitalsox compression walking socks.

2. First Class Support

Training plans, fundraising tips, advice, merchandise and first class support from the WellChild Events Team.

  • Access to the Lakes 8in48 Challenge Facebook group to chat to other team members
  • Free optional training days leading up to your challenge (dates TBC)
  • A full safety team that guides you throughout the challenge
  • Transport during the challenge
  • Food & accommodation

3. Exclusive Discounts

15% discount at Cotswold Outdoor stores and 50% discount on all Vitalsox range.

4. Post race celebration

Unwind and relax in with a celebratory meal then off to the pub to see the night out.

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What’s included in the cost of the challenge?

  • Full safety team
  • Transport throughout the Challenge
  • Parking (limited spaces)
  • Group first aid
  • All meals
  • Two night’s bunkhouse accommodation
  • Challenge finishers T-shirt

What isn’t included?

  • Snacks
  • Personal insurance
  • Transport to Lake District

What do I need to do to take part?

  • Pay a registration fee, event cost eight weeks before the event and pledge to raise a minimum amount of sponsorship.
  • Provide your own kit (including sturdy ankle high walking boots)
  • Personal travel insurance is optional and at your discretion – recommended in case you pull out due to injury
  • Bring money to pay for extra food and drink during the weekend

How is the team supported?

Before the challenge you will have regular contact and updates from the Challenge Events Manager. There may also be an opportunity to test your fitness and meet up in the Brecon Beacons, Cotswolds or other locations with team members. You will receive training and fundraising advice once signed up and can contact the Challenge Events Manager if you have any questions. During the challenge our safety team will lead the walk and guide you throughout the event ensuring your safety. You will receive regular safety and weather updates throughout the challenge and can ask our experienced team if you need specific advice.

What if I can’t complete the challenge?

We will do everything we can to support you leading up to and during the challenge. It is a real test of mental strength and stamina to complete the challenge and is no easy feat. You will need to train hard beforehand ensuring you complete at least one test weekend of walking eight hours per day for two days.

The team is split up into faster and slower teams and if you need to move between groups this will be accommodated when practical. However if you find you cannot continue or have injured yourself there are set turn around points during the challenge where a member of the safety team can return with any participants.

What happens if I’m injured?

Any outdoor activity has a risk however if you are injured the safety team has qualified first aid cover and equipment. The team uses two way radios and has a support vehicle at the bottom of each mountain that co-ordinates all incidents. The safety team leader is there to ensure your safety and it is your responsibility to listen to their instructions.

How fit do I need to be?

The trek is both a mental and physical challenge. You will need to train beforehand and it is unrealistic to think you can complete the event without any training. Once signed up you will receive further training advice and recommendations on equipment e.g. walking boots. Ideally you need to be able to complete an eight hour walk on two consecutive days to be ready for this challenge. It’s not simply about being ready to walk the event but plan your training to be ready over the coming months. If you have a health condition you should consult your doctor before taking part.

What clothing and equipment do I need?

Once signed up you will receive a full kit list you must have all essential items on the list such as a pair of waterproof trousers, waterproof jacket, 25-35L rucksack and well broken in walking boots. The weather in the mountains is unpredictable and changes rapidly. If you do not have all essential items on the kit list you will be unable to take part in the challenge for your own safety.

Where do we sleep?

During the challenge we stay in single sex dorms at our Bunkhouse.

Terms & Conditions


Please read the following Terms & Conditions of Entry carefully

Event costs and sponsorship

1. In return for a secured place on the Event you will need to pay a £20 registration fee.

2. In addition, you will be required to make a further payment of £179 to cover the cost of travel, accommodation, food and mountain guides by 21 July 2017. This must be paid prior to this date in order for you to be able to participate in the event.

  • Registered Charity in England and Wales: 289600
  • Registered Charity in Scotland: SC045010
  • Company Number 1815689

Registered address: 16 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3DA

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  • Registered Charity in England and Wales: 289600
  • Registered Charity in Scotland: SC045010
  • Company Number 1815689

Registered address: 16 Royal Crescent, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL50 3DA