Lake District Triathlon Style Adventure Challenge

Cost £150pp

Lake District Triathalon - Mountain Bike, Climb Helvellyn, Canoe and Bike again.

This is a great day of adventure and physical challenges, giving a really good variety of activities.  The scenery along the whole route is simply beautiful. It is a physically tough day but achievable by most reasonably fit people.

  • Mountain bike – Total distance cycled 70km
  • Canoe - 4km
  • Climb Helvellyn (950m) - 9km

Target time 12 hours

One of the great things about this event is the fact that there is a support vehicle with you all day to supply food and drink, allow you to change clothing and to pick up anyone who is struggling to complete the event.  So don’t be afraid to give it a go!

There are 4 sections to the day.

Section 1

Mountain biking - Distance 30km - Estimated time 2.5 to 3 hours

Mountain bike along roads and rough tracks from Greystoke village to Swirl Car Park next To Thirlmere.

Leaving the beautiful village of Greystoke, in the Northern Lake District, the route heads south then west on small country lanes.  Passing between Great Mell Fell and Little Mell Fell, we arrives at Matterdale End after 12km on small tarmac covered lanes.  The route then climbs steeply and heads along a rough tracks for 2km until a tarmac road is reached again.  After 1km on the road again, we arrive at High Row.  Here we leave the road and head along a track called the Old Coach Road.  For the next 9km the track presents a variety of challenges in the form of puddles, ruts and steep ascents and descents until we arrive at St John’s in the Vale. (The track is navigable by off road vehicles).  From here the route follows the tarmac road south through St John’s in the Vale until Swirls car park is reached at the base of Helvellyn.  This last leg is 6.5km long.

Section 2

Climb Helvellyn (950m) - Distance 9km - Estimated time 3 to 4 hours

After changing out of wet cycling gear into dry walking gear and having more food and drink, we head up to the summit of Helvellyn. The path climbs steeply up the most direct route to the summit.  After a quick stop to take in the views we head back down the same way to Swirls Car Park.  Here we take on more food and drink at the mini bus and change into cycling clothes again. 

Section 3

Short Cycle - Cycle Distance 6km
Canoe - Canoe Distance 4km

We head northwards and downwards on the tarmac road, heading west over Thirlmere dam and onwards to Armboth Car park on the west side of the reservoir.   Staying in cycling kit we board Canadian canoes and paddle 2km to the dam and then back again.

Section 4

Thirlmere to Greystoke (via Keswick)  Distance 34km - Estimated time 3 hours

After more refuelling we get back on the mountain bikes head north along tarmac roads running along the side of Thirmere until we hit the main road and, after two short but steeps hill climbs, descend into the outskirts of Keswick.  A distance of 11km.  From here we carry the bikes down a short flight of steps and join the old Keswick to Threlkeld railway track, which is now a delightful cycle and foot path.  The route runs along flat terrain, crossing the meandering River Greta time and again until Threlkeld is reached.  A distance of 5km.  Passing through Threlkeld the route follows a single track tarmac road, briefly joining the A66 on a cycle path, before turning off the main road at Scales along a beautiful lane, heading north to Low Beckside, just south of Mungrisedale.  A distance of 7.5km.   The route heads south again to join the A66 on a cycle path.  The route soon leaves the A66 and winds through lovely lanes, with a few tricky ups and downs, to end the day back at Greystoke.  A distance of 10.5 km.  Phew!

  • Support vehicle and staff on hand throughout the day.
  • Mountain bikes with helmets.
  • Canoes, paddles and buoyancy aids.
  • Tea, coffee, hot chocolate, water available throughout the day.
  • Qualified guides for the mountain biking, hill walking and canoeing.  
  • 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).
  • Trekking poles if required on Helvellyn.
  • A CD of photographs taken during the event by the guides, giving you a record of your challenge.

Accommodation and additional transport to and from Greystoke can be arranged at an extra charge. Accommodation is also available in Greystoke – it has a great pub!

You need to have a reasonable level of fitness and stamina to attempt this event.  If you are unused to physical activity it is really important that you build up to the event with a training schedule. This is especially true with cycling as it uses different muscles to walking and you will have train on a bike for this event. Mountain Events can provide you with training events or assistance in putting together a training programme for the challenge.

Undertaking the Lake District Triathlon Style Adventure Challenge means we will be outside for at least twelve 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:

For the cycling:

  • Cycling shorts with a padded bum are really essential.
  • Trainers and socks.
  • Synthetic tee shirt, wind proof top and waterproof top. After the canoeing it is really useful to be able to change into dry cycling clothes, so two sets of this kit would be handy. 
  • Gloves and a thin hat that will fit under a cycling helmet. 
  • A small rucksack to carry water and food and jackets etc. 

For the canoeing:

  • Wear your cycling kit and change into the spare set you brought after the canoe session.

For the Mountain

  • 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. 
  • For the hot days – a sunhat to cover your ears and neck and nose, sunscreen (at least factor 30).
  • You will have to carry at least one 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).
  • A spare bin liner for wet kit is also very useful.
  • We can supply trekking poles if required for Helvellyn.

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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