Buttermere 7 Peaks: March 30th

Buttermere 7 Peaks: March 30th

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The Challenge:

It’s no secret, the Lake District is one of the most beautiful places in England! Filled with epic walks; surrounded by a diverse landscape; ranging from picturesque lakes to craggy fells. None is more beautiful than this route around the hills surrounding the prettiest Lake in the District.

Without doubt the best way to explore this amazing landscape is by foot. To start this epic challenge we rise from beside beautiful Buttermere to ascend the steep climb alongside the majestic Scale Force waterfall to the summit of magnificent Red Pike.

We continue until 7 of Wainwright's favourite peaks are bagged, including Haystacks, where he would famously sit beside the tranquil Innominate Tarn pondering life. This the site his ashes were famously spread by his long suffering wife...


Buttermere 7 Peak Challenge:

Our trek is accompanied by breath-taking views over Buttermere and Crummock Water one way and out into the Lakeland Fells the other. Finally we drop back down past the impressive Scale Force Falls to stroll home along the banks of beautiful Buttermere - a scene pictured in films and TV series, including 'The A-Word'

Summits on the Route:

Red Pike      - 755m

High Stile     - 807m

High Crag    - 744m

Seat            - 561m

Hay Stacks   - 597m

Dalehead    - 753m

Robinson    - 737m

Distance: 16 miles (18.8 miles flat equiv)

Total Climb: 6,017ft

Target Time: 12 hours 


Life begins at the end of your comfort zone

Buttermere 4 Peaks Challenge:

For those wanting slightly less distance, why not take on the first 4 peaks, which provide the same epic climb and all the magnificent views over Buttermere.

No need to make a decision in advance. The routes is the same, just reaching a point where you can decide if you'd rather have a slightly earlier visit to the pub!

Summits on the Route:

Red Pike      - 755m

High Stile     - 807m

High Crag     - 744m

Seat             - 561m

Distance: 9 miles (10.5 miles flat equiv)

Total Climb: 1240m 


Important Info:

As well as booking your place above (using the "Add to Cart" button), in order to confirm your place, please complete the applicant health & safety form, so we know how best to look after you during the event.



This in not included in the booking, but we can help you arrange it for during the event. Please emailinfo@getoutdoorsuk.org with the following info:

1. Event & location
2. Dates of the nights you require
3. Single, Double or Twin room
4. Whether you are happy to share a room/property with other members of the group and if you would like to specify that person(s)


Mountain Kit List:

Review the Kit List below to help you decide what you need for your adventure. The walk will go ahead even in strong wind/rain and only cancelled if conditions become what we consider too dangerous. Therefore, it is essential to be properly equipped! Tried and tested clothing only - don't want to find out something rubs once you've started the challenge and it's too late to change! 

  • Rucksack - min 25 litres with cover.
  • Walking boots; broken in; NO trainers
  • Double layer walking socks.
  • Waterproof jacket & trousers.
  • Base layer top – breathable.
  • Warm fleece and spare fleece.
  • Walking trousers - NO jeans!
  • Multiple thin tops allowing temperature changes.
  • Post-challenge clothes.
  • 3 litres of fluid per peak.
  • Basic First Aid kit & Sun cream.
  • Warm gloves, hat/balaclava.
  • Head torch with spare batteries.
  • Whistle for sounding the alarm.
  • Toiletries, towel.
  • Mobile phone & waterproof case

We only regret the opportunities we don't take!


We have lots of other walks coming up that are great for training. They also provide an opportunity to ask questions about your upcoming challenge and meet other members of the team. So please browse our website www.getoutdoorsuk.org and come join us soon! We're adding new dates all the time. Taking part in build up events is also a great excuse to push your fundraising page and update supporters about your challenge journey via social media, etc.

There is no real training replacement for actually walking up a mountain. It can be very surprising how steep the ascents are and how out of breath people get attempting these climbs. So we strongly recommend tackling an actual mountain as a practice in your build up to the event.

If you aren't able to join us for one of the walks on our website, then great places to train with decent inclines include: The Lake District with 214 Wainwrights; Snowdonia has 14 Peaks over 3,000ft; The Dark Peak District with Mam Tor, the Great Ridge and Kinder Scout; the Brecon Beacons & Black Mountains with Pen y Fan and Sugar Loaf Mountains. These are all quite far from where we are based in Oxfordshire, so reaching them is either a weekend or VERY long day trip.

Although not comparable with the mountains of the 3 Peaks, some other places that we use for training in a day include the Malvern Hills, Chiltern Hills and Cotswolds, which have lots of hilly walks. There may be other hill ranges nearer to you.

The level of training needed depends totally on where you're starting from. Completion is dependent on a mixture of fitness, stamina and determination.

As a rough guide we recommend vigorous exercise at least 3 times per week for as long as possible prior to the event. Walk briskly on the hilliest routes you can find, such that you are regularly out of breath. Improve your stamina by including a long weekly walk, building up to 15 miles or more. Improve your cardio by walking your shorter walks as fast as you can.

Jogging uphill is a really good way to replicate the cardiovascular strain of walking up a steep mountain.

Strength and condition exercise, such as weight training or Pilates are beneficial for working on your leg power and core strength.  

Finally and most importantly, make sure you take it easy during the last week running up to the event. It takes more than 7 days for muscles to recover, rebuild and benefit from any exercise you do. All top athletes do it - 'Tapering off' is your opportunity to exercise lightly and make sure you do not arrive with a build up of lactic acid in your legs that WILL slow you down during the 3 Peaks.