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Challenge yourself in the Lake District

8th January 2017 Print

What better time than the advent of the New Year to get outside and challenge yourself, your friends and even your family to do something different and enjoy the Lake District. The Team at Coppermines have put together a list of top challenging  events … there are things to test and things to enjoy… after all it isn't just about the pain… it's about the taking part too.

Montane Trail 26 & Trail 13, Grizedale Forest

The first of the 2016 Trail26 trail running events will take place in Grizedale Forest. Situated close to Hawkeshead and nestled in between Coniston Water and Windermere it provides the perfect venue to kick off your trail running New Year.

Coniston 14 Road Race

A 14 mile road race around Coniston Water and as such is one of the most picturesque courses in Britain. This hilly route follows the road that circles Coniston Water, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains from the lake shore route. Each year runners raise £20,000 each for local clubs, charities and good causes.

Grizedale Duathlon, 6k Trail run / 24k MTB / 6k Trail run

The Grizedale Duathlon is a unique multisport event based in the stunning setting of Grizedale Forest, in the southern Lake District. With stunning views over the Coniston fells and an extensive network of forest tracks and purpose built bike trails, this is a spectacular location for trail running and mountain biking. The event is suitable for all abilities, whether you have never competed in this type of event before or looking for a tough challenge.

Lakeland Trails, Hawkshead

Starting and finishing at Hawkshead, the 17km Hawkshead Trail Race, 17km Hawkshead Trail Challenge and 10km Hawkshead Trail Run follow circuits along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells. All of the routes take in the infamous, mile long, near vertical, killer climb of the "Coffin Trail"!

Lo Scorpione Sportive

If you love to ride in wild, unspoilt mountain country. If you love a fantastic, rewarding, shared challenge If the food, the people and the experience are as important as the clock then Lo Scorpione is for you!

With a total of 101km with + 2030mtrs of height gain this classic figure of eight circuit around the wild western fells with ten significant climbs and not much flat in between this should prove to be a bit of a challenge for 2017! There's loads of climbing in the 10%+ band and more than enough at 20%+. You'll be on some of the wildest roads in England with some staggering views and wonderful wild settings.

The Mighty Corinthian, the world's longest classic bike ride

At 300km The Mighty Corinthian is just like a one day classic from back in the day and the longest one day classic bike ride in the world! Big distances, lots of climbing, spectacular locations – all ridden on vintage steel bicycles in period kit! The Mighty Corinthian showcases the finest of the Lake District landscapes – coastal plains, wild moors, gently rolling fields, wonderful villages, the odd mountain pass and more than a few lakes! This isn't about going fast; it's about having a huge experience with like-minded people, it's about having one of the great days of your life!

The Lakeland 100 Ultra

The Lakeland 100 'Ultra Tour of the Lake District' 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, with 6300m of ascent on almost 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 for the finish.

If that sounds too much then there's The Lakeland 50, which runs over the second half of the Lakeland 100 Ultra, completing the final 50 miles of the 100 course.

Coniston End To End

Long distance open water swimming isn't just about swimming around buoys in a loop– it's about the journey.  Travelling the length of a lake from one end to the other, swimming across a channel, or completing a swim from one set point to another gives the swim meaning.  You haven't swum a lake until you have completed the full length of it. Chillswim Coniston is a mass participation, fully supported swim the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water, in the Lake District.

Ladies of the Lake Sportive

This women only sportive now in its third year is a real hoot and is described as the finest of its kind in the north! There are two routes, both of which follow the shores of Coniston Water: one of England's finest lakes. They are both lovely routes, with the shorter route designed to present an achievable challenge to first timers. So join us and experience this landscape for yourself - ride any bike you like, wear any outfit you like, the only rule is that you have a great day!

Lakeland Trails in Coniston

Starting and finishing at Landing Point, Coniston Hall near Coniston village, the 10km Coniston Trail Run, 15km Coniston Trail Race and 15km Coniston Trail Challenge take in panoramic views of Coniston Water and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags. There is one one short 200m section killer section, which only agile mountain goats will be able to run so be warned!

Coppermines and the Lakes Cottage have a huge range of accommodation to suit all tastes and wallets – perfect for places for adventure weekends. Whether you want a cosy fireside to slump in front of or a hot tub to relax in and ease away those aches and pains after a day in the great outdoors we have the perfect option for you. For more information about our properties please visit:

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