De kleine broer van de Lakeland 100, maar met zijn zware parcours en 3100 hoogtemeters nog steeds een pittige opgave. Je hebt er 24 uur de tijd voor, wat de Lakeland 50 ook geschikt maakt voor de betere wandelaars. Inschrijving kan via de site. Voor een impressie onderstaande tekst van de website:
What is the lakeland100 & 50?
The Lakeland 100 (UTLD) takes place on the weekend of July 31st - August 2nd 2009 and is the most spectacular long distance trail race which has ever taken place within the UK. The circular route encompasses the whole of the lakeland fells, includes in the region of 6300m of ascent and consists entirely of public bridleways and footpaths. The route starts in Coniston and heads South before completing a clockwise loop which takes in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick. From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston. In addition to the Lakeland 100 the Lakeland 50 event also takes place with 3100m of ascent starting from Dockray in Matterdale and finishing at coniston.
The 100 mile event starts at 7.30pm on the Friday evening and the final cut off will be 11.30am Sunday morning, the 50 mile event starts at 12.00pm Saturday and the final cut off will be 12.00pm Sunday. You can choose to enter the event as a solo participant, as part of a pair or as part of a 3 person team.
What the route planners had to say:
The Ultra Tour of the Lake District is exactly that, a 100 mile circuit visiting many of the most picturesque valleys and dales that radiate out from the high central fells like the spokes of a wheel. The route starts at Coniston and visits the Duddon Valley, Eskdale, Wasdale, Ennerdale,Buttermere, the Derwent and Greta river valleys from Braithwaite to Threlkeld, Matterdale, Ullswater, Haweswater, Longsleddale, Kentmere, Ambleside and both Great and Little Langdale before finishing back in Coniston.
Although entirely on existing bridleways and footpaths don't be fooled into thinking that this is an an out and out "trailrace". While Lakeland bridleways tend to follow original highways, old drovers roads and coffin routes you'll be surprised at just how rugged the going can be. Many of the climbs and descents are rough and rock strewn and are particularly unforgiving on feet and ankles. In some places the paths have all but disappeared into the mire. But don't let that put you off. It�s a stunning route with something for everyone: grassy paths, well benched tracks, boggy moorland trods, an old railway line, typical rugged lakeland footpaths and very occasional tarmac. The relentless succession of hills, with a number of typical steep Lakeland ascents, add up to a total of 6800m of climb. Throw in the mix of rough downhills and exhilarating fast descents and you�ve got an event that will challenge both body and mind. The route will take you through many lakeland valleys where, if you're used to being up on the soaring ridges, you'll see the lakes and mountains from a completely different perspective. And, although the route never actually attains a true summit, (although it comes close when traversing Wether Hill) it does cross 12 passes and cols which provide some stunning panoramas.
The abundance of tracks, paths and trods in the Lakes makes for interesting navigation in places. While the navigational skills required are not at the level of mountain marathon type events basic map reading skills will be needed to negotiate the route. The Road Book provides advice on the more complex parts of the route and the obvious waymarks and features, and the tracklog provides the definitive (within the accuracy of the GPS system) route. If in doubt make use of your GPS and use the tracklog to make sure you're on the right path. However, as GPS signals can fade under trees it makes sense to keep an eye on your map. The night section(s) could prove particularly interesting depending where on the route you are. Occasionally the paths are intermittent, faint or disappear altogether so an ability to take and follow bearings could help you stay on track.
Regards, Phil Hodgson & Dave Makin.
The lakeland100 event returns 100% of all money donated by sponsors and a percentage of each entry fee to Cumbria. All resources are hired from within Cumbria and donations are made to the National Trust for footpaths repair.
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