It’s just you against the epic landscapes of the Lake District National Park by bike, kayak and on foot!
Trek to the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks, the Old Man of Coniston, before testing yourself on the off-road mountain bike trails of Grizedale forest, then kayak across iconic Coniston water.
The ultimate one day challenge, are you up for it?
Lake District, England
This incredible adventure pits you against the spectacular landscapes of the Lake District National Park by bike, kayak and on foot! Trek to the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks, the Old Man of Coniston, test yourself on the off-road mountain bike trails of Grizedale forest and kayak across iconic Coniston Water.
The hire of all bikes, kayaks and safety equipment is included in the challenge. Your journey will include approximately 12km of cycling, 10km trekking and 1.5km kayaking. The sense of achievement is huge as you conquer this epic one day challenge of steep climbs, grueling hills and paddling along one of the largest natural lakes in the UK.
Here are some of the highlights:
• Tackle all terrains as you cycle, trek and kayak in the heart of the wildness of Lake District National Park
• Trek to the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks – Old Man of Coniston
• Experience the beauty and the brawn of the UK’s best adventure playground
All you need to bring is an adventure mindset and bags of enthusiasm!
Equipment of good quality and durability could make the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. Your kit will be transferred from each of the transition points in the support van.
CYCLING LEG: 12 MILES
Hire bikes and helmets will be provided. Bikes will be sized according to your height. All bikes will be transferred from the cycling/trekking transition point back to the hotel for secure storage.
TREKKING LEG: 6 MILES
You will have time to change from your cycling gear to trekking kit and leave kit at the check point. It is essential that you have a waterproof jacket and trousers, hiking boots, warm clothing and be prepared for all weather conditions on the mountain.
KAYAKING LEG: 2 MILES
All kayaking equipment will be provided including a buoyancy aid. Shoes must be worn during this challenge so it’s ideal to change back into your trainers as they will get wet.
The terrain on this challenge varies throughout and can be rough at times, so preparation is ideal!
• Cycling leg – undulating course with one steep climb on road and forest trail
• Trekking leg – summiting the Old man of Coniston involves some steep ascents & descents and rocky terrain
• Kayaking leg – you will start your kayaking leg in a sheltered bay before heading out onto the lake in order to practice your paddling skills. Sweeping close to the lake shore, you will paddle the length of the lake and back which can prove challenging due to the water flow.
The Lakes Triple Challenge is graded as medium. This is the ideal event for participants who are of an adventurous spirit and an open mind, but potentially haven’t taken on a multi-activity challenge before.
You do not need to be an expert cyclist or kayaker, just someone with a willing sense of adventure to
explore the epic Lake District landscape.!
This vegan-friendly micro-adventure is perfect for:
Arrival and preparation; today you’ll make your way to Coniston in the Lake District National Park, after a group dinner there will be an event briefing from your locally based Mountain Leader to ensure you are well prepared for the following day’s challenge. You are welcome to ask any questions about the event during this session. This evening briefing is optional, a full challenge briefing will be held at 08.00am on Day 2.
*Please note that accommodation is not included on this night.
First leg: Biking – approx 12 miles
The adventure begins on the picturesque shores of Coniston Lake. You will return to this base between each section of the challenge. After a short safety briefing you will be kitted out with your bike to tackle the first leg of your Lakes Triple Challenge. With the Old Man of Coniston’s rugged peak looming behind you in the distance, you will cycle along the shore of of Coniston Lake into Grizedale Forest. Your route then tackles a step climb where you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Lake District. This is followed by a sweeping descent towards the scenic route skirting the shores of Coniston Lake.
Bike hire: Mountain bikes provided Bikes will be fitted according to your height
Helmet hire: Helmets provided
Distance covered: Approx. 12 miles on road and forest track
Cycling time: Approx. 1.5 hours
Crew: Cycling leaders & support team
Second leg: Hiking the Old Man of Coniston – approx 5 miles
Arriving back in the village on Coniston you’ll swap your bikes for boots and begin the ascent of The Old Man of Coniston. Your climb will start on the quiet country lane which climbs steeply for the 500 metres or so. After some more steady climbing you come to Low Water Lake and great place to stop and take in your surroundings. The path continues up the hillside, zigzagging as it climbs towards the summit. From the summit your view will take in the surrounding lakes and peaks and, weather permitting, some of the most extensive views in the Lake District. Following your obligatory photo snap at the summit, your descent takes you down the same path to half way point where you then turn left passing ruined buildings and the industrial detritus of old quarry workings before arriving back on the lake shore.
Logistics: Mountain Leader
Meals: Snacks and a packed lunch
Distance covered: Approx. 5 miles
Trekking time: Approx. 2 – 3 hours
Crew: Mountain Leaders
Third and final leg: Kayaking – approx 2 miles (weather dependent)
After conquering the Old Man of Coniston, you will trek to the shores of Coniston Water for the final leg of your challenge – a 2 mile kayak .You will be kitted out for the water element of your challenge and following a thorough kayak briefing you will paddle along the lake in double sit-on-top kayaks. This is the perfect well-earned rest for those legs after your bike and mountain climb.
Coniston Water is a magnificent glacially formed lake nestled amidst some of the Lake District most spectacular scenery. Weather permitting, you may catch a glimpse of the summit of the Old Man of Coniston and Grizedale Forest which gives an incredible sense of achievement. On returning to the shores you can celebrate with some fizz on the completion of this epic Lakes challenge with your fellow team mates.
Logistics: Kayak instruction provided
Kayak hire: Double sit-on-top kayaks
Buoyancy aids: Provided plus paddles
Distance covered: Approx. 2 miles
Kayaking time: Approx. 40 mins – 1 hour Completion:
Celebratory fizz at the finish
Crew: Kayak instructors & support team