WaterAid Mountain Challenge 2017

When: 10 June 2017
Where: Lake District, England
Distance: Routes vary in length and difficulty
Registration fee: £15 per person
Fundraising target: £75 per person

The WaterAid Mountain Challenge is a one day team-based trekking event, where hundreds of hikers form teams to take on a walking route to help achieve an overall team goal.

This year’s Mountain Challenge returns to the Lake District to tackle the ‘unfinished business’ of 2016 – to have at least one team on the top of each of the 214 Wainwright peaks.

Responding to feedback from last year, we have halved the number of routes this year by combining or extending existing walks and creating a few new ones. This means there is a higher proportion of Strenuous and Very Strenuous routes for you to choose from.

So go ahead, explore your options and enjoy the mountains! 

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From the minute you sign up we’ll be on hand to support you with the following:

  • WaterAid branded item to wear /display on the day
  • Fundraising pack to help you meet your targets
  • Training programme and expert training tips for all levels
  • Email support from our training partners
  • Fundraising and event resources including balloons, collecting tins and banners
  • Regular newsletters and emails to keep you updated
  • Support and advice from a dedicated member of the WaterAid events team

We’re here to help you every step of the way on your challenge journey, and we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch if you have a question or want to chat to the coaches about your training. 

How much does each team need to raise?

Each team member taking part in the challenge is asked to raise a minimum of £75 in sponsorship.

Why does each team need a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 7 team members?

This is to account for the safety of each team member and to ensure that we are not overloading the local environment. As a commitment to making this event environmentally friendly, we have limited the number of teams to three per mountain (except in a few exceptional cases where we have liaised with local land managers to permit four teams on the route, subject to access and timings).

Can individuals and pairs take part?

If you would like to take part but don’t have a group of at least four people then please get in touch and we can put you together with others in a similar position to create teams. We may even be able to assign your group an experienced trekker to lead it.

Are there hikes of varying difficulty for different abilities?

Yes, we have routes split into five different difficulty levels: Easy, Moderate, Difficult, Strenuous and Very strenuous. This variety allows seasoned walkers the opportunity to tackle more than one summit and whilst also providing options for less experienced walkers.

What happens if the weather is bad?

Weather can be changeable, particularly in the hills. What can look like a sunny day at the start can be cold or raining by the time you reach the top. We suggest that you follow the kit recommendations in the safety guidelines. The event will still go ahead, whatever the weather but please remember to be sensible and judge the weather for yourselves on the day.

Once you’ve finished your walk, you’ll probably be in the mood for celebrating and/or refuelling. So this year we are suggesting some pubs in the lakes for you to head to.

We hope lots of teams will pop in to create an atmosphere and give you all a chance to toast your achievement, get to meet other WaterAid Mountain Challenge teams and share your experiences of the day, while having the odd drink or two!

All the pubs have accommodation, except the pub in Keswick where there are plenty of other options locally. Make sure to book rooms and meals as early as possible, as the Great North Swim in Ambleside and the Keswick Mountain Festival are both taking place during Mountain Challenge weekend so the pubs and hotels will be busy.

When looking for accommodation, please bear in mind that the A591 between Windermere and Ambleside will be very busy during the day all weekend because of the Great North Swim at the Low Wood Hotel.

The suggested meeting pubs are:

The Coledale Inn, Braithwaite
Situated at the top of the village.
017687 78272

Braithwaite also has two other pubs (Royal Oak and Middle Ruddings) as well as Scotgate Caravan and camping site.

The Wainwright, Keswick
On Lake Road (opposite the George Fisher mountain shop)
017687 44927

1769 bar and restaurant, The Inn at Grasmere
In the centre of the village.
015394 35456

The Unicorn Inn, Ambleside
On North Road, running parallel to the A591 through the town. If you book a room here and ask for Paul he will offer a discount if you tell him you are part of the Challenge)
015394 33216

The Britannia Inn, Elterwater
In the centre of the village
01539 437210

The Black Bull Inn, Coniston
In the centre of the village
015394 41335