The Lake District 7 peaks challenge – Roundabout

Roundabout is South Yorkshire’s local youth housing charity providing shelter, support and life skills to young people aged 16-25 who are homeless or at risk of homelessness.

“When Roundabout first began in 1977, we operated a small emergency hostel accommodation for young people. Over forty years later, our vision is to end youth homelessness in South Yorkshire.

We want to make sure that no young person experiences homelessness in South Yorkshire. We aim to empower young people to break the cycle of homelessness by helping them develop long term independent living skills and supporting them with their health, education, employment and training needs. We want to support them in their time of need, as every young person deserves the chance to have a bright future.

Roundabout now supports over 300 young people aged 16-25 every day. We provide emergency accommodation in our hostel, support young people in residential projects in Sheffield and Rotherham and provide key services delivering comprehensive programmes of training, involvement and empowerment which help to prepare young people for independent living.”

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THE CHALLENGE:

Take on 7 of the Lake District’s toughest peaks. You will trek to the summit of Scafell Pike, England’s highest peak, fully supported throughout along this magnificent route in the heart of the Lakes.

This challenge runs over one day, but with seven peaks to tackle it’s certainly no walk in the park! Prepare for an exhausting but energising journey through the rugged and dramatic landscape of the Lake District, as you venture across 15 miles and tackle seven of England’s most demanding peaks, including its highest – Scafell Pike. The group will climb to over 3,000 feet (900m), crossing crags and moorland past the Langdale Pikes towards Scafell.

 

OUR ROUTE:

From the Old Dungeon Ghyll we head north-west across the moorland towards the first peaks of the day: Rossett Pike. After a short stop to catch our breath, the next challenge beckons, Allen Crags. From its stony summit the view stretches across the Scafells and Derwent Water.

Two peaks down and with the toughest yet to come we  grit our teeth and push to our next summit, Great End. With no time for rest we push onto our fourth summit, Ill Crag before eyeing up the highest summit in England, the craggy peak of Scafell itself.

Our return route takes us over the iconic peaks of Esk Pike and Bow Fell before descending back down into the Langdale valley in time to celebrate our achievement.

 

DIFFICULTY:

The Lakes 7 Peaks challenge is graded as tough. This is the perfect challenge for participants who are of an adventurous spirit and an open mind and who wish to push themselves in a wild and remote region of one of the UK’s most iconic landscapes. On the Lakes 7 Peaks Challenge you will be:

•    Trekking for around 11 hours in a single day.

•    Covering 15 miles of mountainous terrain.

•    Trekking without support, carrying all your food and water for the entire day.

•    Ascend more 1500m in a single day. That’s more ascent than Ben Nevis, the UK’s highest mountain!

•    Summiting 7 of the highest hills in the Lake District, Scafell Pike (978m) Great End (910m) Ill Crag (935m) Allen Crags (785m) Rossett Pike (651m) Esk Pike (885m) and Bow Fell (902m)

 

KIT & EQUIPMENT:

This challenge takes place in a remote and mountainous environment, away from roads and immediate access to vehicle evacuation. It is therefore extremely important that you come prepared with the correct kit for this challenge. Please ensure that your waterproof jacket is able to keep you dry when subjected to rain for several hours at a time, and that you also have waterproof trousers as legs get just as wet as tops. Footwear should also be waterproof and most importantly should have good grip.

Sports trainers are not appropriate for the terrain of this challenge.

We also ask you to ensure that you bring with you a warm layer, along with a hat and gloves.

– Waterproof Jacket and Trousers
– Hat and Gloves
– Walking boots
– Comfortable clothes to walk in
– Food and Water
– Personal first aid kit
– Sweets/Sugary snacks
– Suncream & Midge spray

 

TRAINING:

This is a strenuous challenge and therefore we recommend getting in training walks prior to the event, ensuring your boots are worn in and you get used to walking with your back pack are crucial. The more you exercise before the challenge the more you will get out of it on the day.