Lake District 3000 Footers

Cost: £290pp if run over two days with 3 nights B+B in Keswick

The Lake District Three Thousands. Scafell Pike, Scafell, Helvellyn and Skiddaw

Climb the four highest mountains in the Lake District.  Each mountain has its own distinctive character and the challenge really gives a good overall impression of the varied landscape within the Lake District National Park.

This walk can be done over one or two days, but it is usually done over two days. It involves ascending all the four mountains in the Lake District that are over 3000 feet.

The mountains:  

  • Scafell Pike (3208ft / 978m)
  • Scafell (3164ft / 964m)
  • Helvellyn (3117ft / 950m)
  • Skiddaw (3054ft / 931m)

Total Height climbed 1254ft / 3823m.

This event is best done over two days, though it can be done in 16 hours but this makes for a very hard day.

Day 1 - 7 hours walking

  • Drive from the accommodation to the National Trust Car Park at Wasdale Head.  This is quite out of the way and from Keswick or Ambleside it can take up to 90 minutes.
  • Ascend Scafell Pike (Peak 1) via Lingmell Col, then drop down to the Col at Mickledore and up to Scafell (Peak 2) via Foxes tarn.  The latter involves moving up a gill with very easy scrambling.  A long descent is undertaken, heading down towards Burnmoor Tarn and back to the valley floor.
  • Drive back to the accomondation.

Day 2 - 6 to 7 hours walking

  • Drive to Swirl car park in Thirlmere and ascend Helvellyn (Peak 3).  
  • Then descend to the valley and drive to Lattrigg car park and climb Skiddaw (Peak 4).  
  • Transport back to Keswick or to onward travel location; Penrith railway station for example.
  • Three nights’ B + B accommodation in a Guest House – Keswick is a good location for this event.
  • Transport for the two days, setting off and returning to the accommodation each day, with a support vehicle and staff on hand in the valley throughout the day.
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water available.
  • Food provided for the two days of walking –sandwiches, high energy food such as snack bars, chocolate, sweets, fruit, flapjack and water (both bottled and for hydration systems).
  • Experienced and qualified mountain guides walking with the groups in a ratio of around 1 to 8.
  • The guides will carry first aid kits, group shelters and radios.
  • Trekking poles are provided, if required, and head torches –at certain times of the year if there is a chance we might finish in the dark.
  • A CD of photographs taken during the event by the guides, giving you a record of your challenge.

Undertaking the Lake District 3000 footers Challenge means we will be outside for six to seven hours, for two days and so we need to be prepared for whatever the Lake District weather can throw at us.  You really must make sure you turn up for the event with the following:

  • You need to have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina to attempt this event.  If you are unused to physical activity if is really important that you build up to the event with a training schedule. Mountain Events can provide you with training events or assistance in putting together a training programme for the challenge.
  • Footwear: boots are best and make sure they are waterproof.  Walking with wet socks will quickly soften and blister your feet.
  • Waterproof breathable jacket with a hood.  In heavy rain the hood is vital.
  • Waterproof breathable over-trousers (not just walking trousers).   Wearing shorts does not absolve you from having waterproof over-trousers. 
  • Warm hat and warm gloves.  Ski type are best.  Woollen gloves don’t stop the wind.  Waterproof gloves are best.
  • Have clothing you can layer; a thin thermal or a tee-shirt then a fleece.  Cotton is a no-no on the hill.  When it gets wet it is heavy, will not dry out and sucks heat away from your body.  Synthetic fibres are much better.  A spare tee shirt in your rucksack can be useful.
  • For the hot days – a sunhat to cover your ears and neck and nose, sunscreen (at least factor 30).
  • On this event we are away from the valley and sources of water for six to seven hours on the first day, so you will have to carry at least two litres of water.  So water bottles or hydration system eg platypus are needed to carry the water.  We will supply water in 500ml plastic water bottles for you to use or you can fill up your own hydration systems using our water.
  • Food – we will provide this for you and will comprise of sandwiches, fruit, sweets, chocolate bars, nuts and flapjack.   You will be expected to carry your own food (provided by us).
  • A rucksack large enough to carry it all in but not a massive expedition bag.  Your bag will leak so put a plastic rubble sack inside your bag and put everything in this.  Have a plastic bag for your mobile phone as well.
  • First aid kit – we will carry this but you will be expected to have plasters for blisters (Compeed are best).
  • We can supply trekking poles if required.
  • We will also supply head torches at certain times of the year where a late finish may mean walking the last section in the dark.

Clearly if it is a hot summer’s day we can re-evaluate the kit we will ask you to carry but please have it in your rucksack at the start.  The guides will make the decision as to what is needed for the day based on their experience.

If you have any questions at all please let us know.  

What we will provide

Mountain Events Ltd. will provide trained, experienced instructors and leaders in a ratio appropriate to the group. We will provide any specialist equipment necessary for the activity. Drinks and food will be provided where specified. Details of all necessary clothing, footwear and equipment will be provided.

What you need

Your party needs to get to the agreed meeting point. All members of your group need to bring appropriate clothing, footwear, a change of clothing and a backpack to carry them in.

Confirmation of Booking and Payment

You confirm you’re booking by sending us a completed Booking Form and your deposit of 50% with the balance made 4 weeks prior to the event. If you are booking an event with less than 4 weeks’ notice then full payment is required. No contract is made until we acknowledge receipt of the Booking Form and payment.


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