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The Lakes 2500’s                                                             UK Ultras

Red Pike, Wasdale, 2710' - copyright Ian Charters 2012

Studmarks on the Summits' by Bill Smith credits The Rucksack Club with the first walk across the 77 Lakes 2500's over the Whitsuntide holiday of 1968 a time of 58-20.  This was a route of some 105 miles and 43000' of climbing from their High Moss hut in the Duddon Valley to Low Hartsop. 'Studmarks' goes on to record two further traverses: firstly in 1975 with 61 Wainwright 2500' peaks in 42-19 from Kentmere to Dow Crag, Coniston (Ken Brooks, Pete Dawes and Jim Loxan) and then in 1976 a repeat of the 77 tops route of 1968 in 58-27 (John Richardson and Geoff Bell, The Rucksack Club).  The following decade, in 1984, Steve Parr (Clayton-le-Moors) completed a round of the Lakes 2500's in 42-56 based on the Moot Hall, Keswick.  He took in all the 61 Wainwright 2500 footers in a run of 116 miles with 42,550' of climbing. See below for details of articles on some of these attempts.

The publication of 'The Mountains of England and Wales' by John and Anne Nuttall in 1990 provided what has become a widely accepted definitive reference to peaks over 2000'. According to their lists there are 72 peaks over 2500' in the Lake District. These are illustrated and scheduled on the map below under the fell areas corresponding with the Wainwright guides. As they define a separate hill by a drop of 50' or more it creates multiple tops notably on peaks such as Blencathra, Crinkle Crags and Shelter Crags which may have been excluded from previous outings.

In more recent times there have been other variations. In 1996 Joss Naylor completed a 60 peaks at 60 years in 36-50 across most of the Lakes 2500's. That was a 105 mile run of over 40,000' of ascent from Walna Scar, Duddon to Side Farm in Glenridding. In 2008 Paul Murray (Horwich RMI Harriers and The Rucksack Club) completed a 65 peaks at 65 years in 46-17. He traversed the 65 highest Nuttall summits in the Lakes in a run of around 93 miles with 36,000' of climbing. In 2007 John Fleetwood completed the first Nuttall round of the Lakes 2500's in 53-55. His route of 111 miles with over 45000' was based on Elterwater. See below for details of articles describing these attempts.

Location Map

Click on-off the grey buttons below to show a map and schedule of the summits for each fell area.


























Schedule

Click on the icon to view John Fleetwood's schedule for the Lakes 2500s.  Also see below for 'Beyond the Bob Graham' - an article which includes Steve Parr's schedule.

Completions

This is an informal challenge without rules or time limits.  John Fleetwood would welcome news of any further attempts. Email: johnfleetwood@phonecoop.coop

Links and Further Information

■   The Lakes 2500 feet Summits, John Eastwood (The Rucksack Club Journal1970 & 71 Vol XVI Nos 1 & 2) Reproduced by permission of The Rucksack Club

■   The Lake District Twenty Five Hundreds, John Richardson (The Rucksack Club Journal 1976 Vol XVIII No. 1) Reproduced by permission of he The Rucksack Club

■   Beyond the Bob Graham, Steve Parr (The Fell Runner, January 1985) - an account of Steve Parr's 1984 run including his schedule.

■   John Fleetwood Blog - account and schedule

■   Joss: The Life and Times of the Legendary Lake District Fell Runner, Keith Richardson (River Greta Writer,2009) - contains a summary of his long runs including his 60 peaks at 60 years in 1996 for which there is a schedule of peaks and times.

■   65@65+, Edwin Coupe (the Fellrunner, Autumn 2008) - an account of Paul Murray's 65 highest summits in the Lakes run.

■   Studmarks on the summits, Bill Smith, (SKG Publications, 1985) - contains a brief record of early completions.


summits

ft

m

grid ref






1

Scafell Pike

3209

978

NY 215 072

2

Scafell

3163

964

NY 206 064

3

Symonds Knott

3146

959

NY 207 067

4

Ill Crag

3068

935

NY 223 073

5

Broad Crag

3064

934

NY 218 075

6

Great End

2986

910

NY 226 083

7

Bowfell

2959

902

NY 244 064

8

Esk Pike

2904

885

NY 236 075

9

BowFell North top

2841

866

NY 244 070

10

Crinkle Crags

2818

859

NY 248 048

11

Crinkle Crags South Top

2736

834

NY 250 045

12

Shelter Crags

2674

815

NY 249 053

13

Lingmell

2648

807

NY 209 081

14

The Old Man of Coniston

2635

803

SD 272 978

15

Swirl How

2631

802

NY 272 005

16

Brim Fell

2612

796

SD 270 985

17

Allen Crags

2575

785

NY 236 085

18

Great Carrs

2575

785

NY 270 008

19

Glaramara

2569

783

NY 246 104

20

Dow Crag

2552

778

SD 262 977

21

Shelter Crags North Top

2543

775

NY 249 057

22

Looking Steads

2543

775

NY 245 101

23

Grey Friar

2536

773

NY 259 003

24

Wetherlam

2503

763

NY 288 011

The Southern Fells


summits

ft

m

grid ref






1

Helvellyn

3117

950

NY 342 151

2

Helvellyn Lower Man

3035

925

NY 337 155

3

Nethermost Pike

2923

891

NY 343 142

4

Catstye Cam

2920

890

NY 348 158

5

Raise

2897

883

NY 342 174

6

Fairfield

2864

873

NY 358 117

7

White Side

2831

863

NY 337 166

8

Striding Edge

2831

863

NY 350 149

9

Dollywagon Pike

2815

858

NY 346 130

10

Great Dodd

2812

857

NY 341 205

11

Stybarrow Dodd

2766

843

NY 343 189

12

St Sunday Crag

2759

841

NY 369 134

13

Hart Crag

2697

822

NY 368 112

14

Green Side

2608

795

NY 352 187

15

Dove Crag

2598

792

NY 374 104

16

Red Screes

2546

776

NY 396 087

17

Great Rigg

2513'

766

NY 355 103






The Eastern Fells


summits

ft

m

grid ref






1

High Street

2717

828

NY 440 110

2

High Raise

2631

802

NY 448 134

3

Rampsgill Head

2598

792

NY 442 128

4

Thornthwaite Crag

2572

784

NY 431 100

5

Kidsty Pike

2559

780

NY 447 125

6

Harter Fell

2552

778

NY 459 093

7

Stoney Cove Pike

2503

763

NY 417 100



















































The Far Eastern Fells


Summits

ft

m

grid ref






1

Great Gable

2949

899

NY 211 103

2

Pillar

2927

892

NY 171 121

3

Scoat Fell

2759

841

NY 159 113

4

Black Crag

2717

828

NY 165 116

5

Red Pike

2710

826

NY 165 106

6

Steeple

2687

819

NY 157 116

7

High Stile

2648

807

NY 170 148

8

Kirk Fell

2631

802

NY 194 104

9

Green Gable

2628

801

NY 214 107

10

Haycock

2615

797

NY 144 107

11

Kirk Fell East Top

2582

787

NY 199 107

12

Pillar Rock

2559

780

NY 171 123

The Western Fells


summits

ft

m

grid ref






1

High Raise

2500

762

NY 280 095












































































The Central Fells


summits

ft

m

grid ref






1

Grasmoor

2795

852

NY 174 203

2

Crag Hill (Eel Crag)

2753

839

NY 192 203

3

Grisedale Pike

2595

791

NY 198 225

4

Sail

2536

773

NY 198 202

5

Wandope

2533

772

NY 188 197

6

Hopegill Head

2526

770

NY 185 221




































The North-Western Fells


summits

ft

m

grid ref






1

Skiddaw

3054

931

NY 260 290

2

Blencathra

2848

868

NY 323 277

3

Skiddaw Little Man

2838

865

NY 266 277

4

Gategill Fell Top

2792

851

NY 317 273

5

Atkinson Pike

2772

845

NY 324 282





















The Northern Fells