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 we pick our routes?
Yes, once you click through to the ‘Find your route’ area of these webpages you will see the route options split by difficulty. Once you select a difficulty or the ‘All Wainwright routes’ option, you will see a list of available walks along with a brief description of each route and details of its length, ascent and the approximate time it should take to complete the route from start to finish (breaks not included). You can then click on the ‘Book your route’ button to register onto the challenge for your chosen route.
Can we pick our own teams and teammates?
Yes, this is a team event and the vast majority of teams will be setup by groups of colleagues, friends or family members. We would encourage you to try and recruit a minimum of 4 team members before signing up to a route.
If you struggle to find team members or want to take part as an individual or pair please see the question below.
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.
What is the age limit for the event and can children & dogs take part?
The age limit for participants to register on the event is 18 years of age and above.
Children, under 18s and dogs can also walk with you but they will not officially be part of the event and do not count towards your number of team members. All teams must have 4-7 adults.
You will be solely responsible for the safety of any under 18 or dog you have with you on the day. You will also be responsible for the safety of others they encounter. You must therefore supervise them closely at all times and be sure that they are capable of completing the route you choose.
You must also ensure that you follow the Lake District National Park’s guidance on walking with children and walking with dogs .
We would therefore strongly suggest that anyone planning on walking with under 18s or dogs stick to the ‘Easy’ or ‘Moderate’ routes.
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 something for everyone whilst giving seasoned walkers the opportunity to tackle multiple summits whilst also providing options for less experienced walkers.
The shortest walks are in the Easy category and start at around 2km in length with a minimum of around 200m of ascent (also known as ‘elevation’ or ‘vertical distance’). The longest walks are in the Strenuous and Very Strenuous categories with routes of up to 24km in length with up to 1,900m of ascent. Walks in these categories also require more experience as the terrain is more technical and navigation is harder.
Can places be transferred, deferred or refunded?
Entries cannot be transferred to another person, refunded or deferred.
On the day
What is the start and finish time of the event?
Our contact centre will be open between 8am-8pm on event day (Saturday 10th June). Team leaders will phone the contact centre to let us know their team are starting and when they have finished their route. They (or any participant in the event) can also call us during this time in case of an emergency or injury that occurs during the challenge.
Therefore all teams should start after 8am and finish before 8pm.
So exact start times are up to your teams and you don’t have to be walking first thing in the morning but we strongly recommend all teams start early enough to give them time to complete their challenge before the light starts fading and well before 8pm - this is especially important for those doing the longer, more difficult routes.
It is vitally important that the contact centre is informed when teams have finished their challenge as, if we haven’t heard from you before 8pm, we have to assume that you are still out in the hills and then need to start calling your emergency contacts and possible the emergency services. This is an event safety requirement which we must adhere to but it can cause unnecessary distress to your emergency contact if you forget to let us know that your challenge has finished.
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.
Is the event environmentally-friendly & does it adhere to the Country Code?
The beautiful landscape and wildlife of the Lake District and our National Parks need to be looked after and preserved. As such we are keen to ensure that the event itself and all participants in the WaterAid Mountain Challenge act in an environmentally-friendly manner.
We have limited the number of teams on each challenge route to three to minimize impact on any one area of land. We also inform all relevant authorities and agencies about the event in advance and respond to any queries or concerns they raise.
As a participant we will also provide you with safety guidelines and a copy of the Country Code, These should be followed at all times during the challenge.
We strongly believe in ‘leave no trace walking’ where walkers keep to established paths and trails, don’t interfere with local plants and wildlife and keep hold of all rubbish until they can dispose of it in a bin after their walk is finished. All walkers must be aware of this and respect and protect the environment.