Lake District 6 Peaks Challenge -also known as The Buttermere Horse shoe

Option 1: £50pp for guide only (Group of 8). Option 2: £80pp (Group of 8) guide, support vehicle, drinks/snacks. Option 3: £220pp (Group of 8). All food/drinks on event two nights B+B accommodation in Keswick, transport, guides and support vehicle.

The Lake District 6 Peaks Challenge - also known as the Buttermere Horse Shoe.

This is classic Lakeland walk with stunning views of the Buttermere valley, Ennerdale and Borrowdale.

Distance 23km, 1700m of ascent - Estimated time 10 hours.

The Route starting and finishing at Buttermere:

  • Red Pike via Bleaberry Tarn (Peak 1)
  • High Style (Peak 2)
  • High Crag (Peak 3)
  • Descent to Scarth Gap
  • Haystacks (Peak 4)
  • Honister pass with its slate mine and café.  We meet the vehicle here to take on additional water, hots drinks, food and perhaps a change of clothes. 
  • Dale Head (Peak 5).
  • Hindscarth.  This is not one of the six peaks but a short one kilometre detour with not much height gain would see you on the summit.  (Vital for all those 'bagging Wainwrights')
  • Robinson (Peak 6).
  • A steep descent off Robinson, followed by a bog trot (yes wet feet) and then a further steep descent sees the path drops back down to Buttermere and the awaiting support vehicle.

Option 1 £60pp (Based on a group size of 8).

Qualified mountain guide with first aid  kit, group shelter. 

Option 2 £80pp (Based in a group size of 8)

Qualified mountain guide with first aid  kit, group shelter, radio.  Support vehicle in valley to provide safety backup and to allow group members to drop out at various stages if too tired or injured.  Hot drinks and snacks provided half way round at Honister pass. 

Option 3 £220pp (Based on a group size of 8)

Two nights’ B + B accommodation in a Guest House in Keswick.

  • Transport to Buttermere from Keswick with a support vehicle and staff on hand in the valley.  This allows group members to drop out at certain points along the walk if injured or too tired to continue.
  • Transport from the finish back to Keswick.
  • Experienced and qualified Mountain Guides walking with the groups in a ratio of 1 to 8
  • The guides will carry first aid kits, group shelters and radios.
  • Food provided for the walk –sandwiches, high energy food such as snack bars, chocolate, sweets, fruit, flapjack and water (both bottled and for hydration systems).
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water and food re-supplying also provided at the mid-way point at Honister pass.  Transport back to Keswick for individuals who have had enough half way round at Honister pass.
  • Trekking poles if required and head torches –at certain times of the year, just in case.
  • A CD of photographs taken during the event by the guides, giving you a record of your challenge.

Undertaking the 6 Peaks Challenge means we will be outside for about ten hours 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 Ltd 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.  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 five hours until we reach the café and our support vehicle at Honister pass.  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, flapjack   You will be expected to carry your own food to last until Honister pass.  Here we will provide more food, hot and drinks and water.
  • 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.
  • There are toilets at the café at Honister pass, but that is half way through the walk, so bring tissues as well. 

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.

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