Lakes Sea to Summits



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Lakes Sea to Summits Challenge                                     UK Ultras


Great Gable from the corridor route (Tony Wimbush)

This is a coast to coast, station to station, sea to summits traverse of the Western Lakes contrasting some of its best known and remotest areas. The route was originally conceived as a v65 celebration. It took the form of an unsupported run with the objective of taking the early train from Silecroft to St Bees, ticking off 10 Marilyn summits and arriving back at Silecroft before dark. This got delayed by a few years due to injury and poor weather by which time realism had set in so road and fell support was recruited! For the uninitiated Marilyns are defined as hills/mountains having at least 500' of ascent on all sides, so demanding climbs are guaranteed throughout. An unrelenting string of big ascents over Pillar, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Scafell Pike and Scafell form the crux of the route. Their rocky paths then gradually give way to predominantly wild, trackless terrain as the route arcs its way back to the coast at Black Combe with its impressive backdrop of sea and sky. Probably on a par with the Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge, it takes in some 17,000' climbing and nearly 47 miles that include some of the most arduous terrain in the Lakes. The inaugural traverse was finally made by Tony Wimbush in 2018 in 17-52 with hill/road support from Rachel Hill, Sean Lennon and David Nicholls. Future completions can be formally registered, see below.

Route

The objective is to start at St Bees station, grid reference  NX 970 119, and finish at Silecroft station, grid reference NY 131 819.  The 10 Marilyns listed below are to be visited,  the route between Scafell Pike and Scafell must be via Foxes Tarn.  Use Explorer maps (1:25000): 303 Whitehaven and Workington, OL4 & OL6 English Lakes North-western & South-western areas.

Schedule

gofar - Lakes Sea to Summits.xlsx

Click on the icon to view/print a schedule for the inaugural traverse completed in 2018.   This is in an excel format so that it can be adapted for registering actual times.

Registrations

A register of successful completions is maintained by Tony Wimbush. There are no time limits, rules or restrictions  except that the route must visit Foxes Tarn. Water sources are limited and hill and road support is strongly recommended for safety reasons. Email your schedule of actual times to infoATgofar.org.uk (Replace AT with @)

Links and Further Information

□   The Relative Hills of Britain, Alan Dawson, (Cicerone Press, 1992) - tables of Marilyns for England and Wales.

□   Marilyns - Definition and lists

□   Summergrove Halls -.  Located outside Whithaven,  the accommodation offers cooked breakfasts from 6 am and kitchen facilities for self-catering.

1

Long Barrow

GR  041 129

1155'

2

Pillar

GR  171 120

2927'

3

Kirk Fell

GR  194 104

2631'

4

Great Gable

GR  211 103

2949'

5

Scafell Pike

GR  215 072

3210'

6

Scafell

GR  206 064

3262'

7

Hard Knott

GR  231 023

1801'

8

Harter Fell

GR  218 997

2143'

9

Whitfell

GR  159 930

1881'

10

Black Combe

GR  135 854

1970'