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The Charnley Way                                                            UK Ultras

The Charnley Way was devised by the friends of Gerry Charnley following his death on the Helvellyn range in a tragic accident in December 1982 when he was 53. The area chosen for the route was the scene of the Karrimor International Mountain Marathon (now the OMM) which he devised and organised in 1981.  A commemorative map was published through Harvey Map Sevices  showing the route(s) defined by 26 control points.  It provided the option of either three separate circuits of Eskdale, Borrowdale and Langdale or the complete round of some 57 km and 3600m of ascent illustrated below. Each circuit started at a youth hostel and converged on Charnley Crag south of Esk Pike.

Ben Abdelnoor resurrected the route in 2007 with a time of 10-47 but believes Billy Bland completed the route in under 8 hours in the 1980's.  See below for a copy of Ben's article which appeared in The Fellrunner (Autumn 2007).   In 2014 as part of their 50th birthday celebrations South Ribble Fell Search and Rescue reprinted the commemorative map - see link below for contact details.

Route and Control Points

Notes:

□    The control points listed above are taken from an example of a complete round scheduled on the Charnley Way map.  The list omits the control at Angle Tarn (245 078), which is visited on the Borrowdale and Langdale circuits, presumably to create a better overall circuit of the three valleys (illustrated in red)

□    Ben Abdelnoor's round included Angle Tarn and is shown as a variation on the above map by green dashes.  Either route can be used subject to your preference for either visiting all 26 controls or following the complete round as scheduled on the Charnley Way map.   

□   The round is shown starting at High Close Youth Hostel as it is probably the nearest point for most runners travelling to the Lakes, but any start point is permitted.


Schedule

gofar - more ultras Ben Ab's schedule.pdf


Click on the icon to view/print a pdf schedule of Ben Abdelnoor’s round


Completions

This is an informal challenge without rules, registrations or time limits but Ben Abdelnoor would be pleased to hear of any further completions or accurate records of previous rounds.

Email: ben_abdelnoor@yahoo.com

Links and Further Information

□   The Charnley Way – A Grand Day Out     Ben Abdelnoor (The Fellrunner, Autumn, 2007)

□   The Gerry Charnley Round Memorial Challenge -  Background plus contact details for the 2014 edition of the map.

1

High Close Y.H

338 053

14

Scafell Pike

215 072

2

Path Junction

321 045

15

Esk Hause

232 081

3

Lingmoor Fell

302 046

16

High House Tarn

241 094

4

Pike O Blisco

271 042

17

Glaramara Summit

247 106

5

Crinkle Crag

248 048

18

Capel Crag

244 120

6

Three Tarns

248 060

19

Longthwaite Y.H.

255 142

7

Charnley Crag Cairn

236 070

20

Black Moss Pot

267 113

8

Lingcove Bridge

227 036

21

Tray Drub Bridge

264 099

9

Sheepfold

219 023

22

Tarn

265 087

10

Eskdale Y.H.

195 011

23

Thunacar Knott

279 080

11

Large Boulder

208 041

24

Blea Rigg

301 078

12

Slight Side Summit

209 050

25

Tarn Outlet

338 053

13

Scafell Summit

207 065

26

High Close Y.H.

338 053