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The Coniston 14 is probably the most beautiful road race in Britain. Each year it attracts some 1600 runners and has a reputation for being one of the best organised small races in the country. The Race is organised by an enthusiastic committee of volunteers from Coniston village.
The Lakeland Loop Cycle Sportive is a challenging ride which starts from the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel in Great Langdale. The Loop is approximately 69 miles long, taking in some of the finest views of the Lake District and some its most challenging climbs. The route includes Whinlatter Pass, Hardknott Pass and Wrynose Pass and if you’re hoping that the rest is flat, then you’re going to be disappointed. It’s one of the oldest events in the North West and remains a classic. If you’re thinking of the Fred Whitton, then this will give you a taste and will serve as an ideal training ride! Make sure you have the right gears and join us for a day of climbing hills!
Starting from Hawkshead Showground (postcode LA22 0NN), the 17km Hawkshead Trail Race and 17km Hawkshead Trail Challenge follow a circuit along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways takes in panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells. Underfoot conditions are generally good, for those used to off-road running. Check out the slide show of the course. The 17km Hawkshead Trail is split into TWO events - the Challenge, for less competitive runners, novice trail runners and those who want to take it easy and enjoy the views. The Challenge sets off at 13.00pm and you get an hour extra to complete the course. The Race sets off at 14.00pm and is for competitive runners, with winners prizes and a shorter time limit.
A carnival atmosphere is guaranteed for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish. So, whether you're new to trail running, an experienced athlete, or simply looking for an unforgettable day out in the Lake District, a family-friendly, festival atmosphere and some amazing trail running awaits you!
The Fred Whitton Challenge consists of a 113 mile sportive around the Lake District, now a World Heritage Site. Starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott, Wrynose and Blea Tarn passes.
The route takes the main road to Hawkshead and runs through the center of the village, which is a great vantage point to watch the runners passing through. Or cheer the runners as they cross the finish line on the front lawn of Brathay Hall on the shores of Lake Windermere.
You start the day by registering at the `event hub` on the Grasmere Sports Field. Car parking will be free to all registered competitors. Then, from the designated `muster points` on the field, you will be `piped` to the start line, a short walk through the village of Grasmere. The route then leaves the village, initially along a C road before leaving to climb through Deer Bolts Wood and then onto the stunning `Loughrigg Terrace`. Continue along and over the shoulder of Loughrigg, passing the dramatic Rydal Cave and then return to Grasmere via the inspiring shorelines of Rydal Water and Grasmere.
Starting and finishing at Coniston Hall Landing Point, on the shores of Coniston Water (LA21 8AS), the Lakeland Trails Marathon takes in a complete circuit of Coniston Water along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways. Taking in the idyllic beauty spot of Tarn Hows, and the elevated Beacon Tarn, the whole course gives panoramic views of Lake Coniston and the surrounding peaks of the Old Man, Swirl How, Wetherlam and Dow Crags. Described by Runners' World magazine as 'the most scenic trail Marathon in Britain' this event is quickly becoming a classic European trail marathon.
Attracting around 10,000 participants every year, the Great North Swim is the UK's biggest open water swimming event. Held on Windermere across three days, participants are offered the chance to take part in half-mile, one-mile, two-mile, or five-kilometer swims, setting off in waves of approximately 300 every half an hour. The course starts and finishes on dry land with a run or walk into the water and swimmers can relax safe in the knowledge that expert kayakers and safety boats are with them, every stroke of the way.
Ambleside - along with near neighbours Grasmere - has honoured Rushbearing for over 200 years and early records illustrate the importance of the event to the town. A decorated rush harp is displayed at the head of the Rushbearing which follows a traditional route from St Mary's Church as the procession of bearers carrying decorated rushes is brought up by the rush World and joined by children carrying rush bundles.
The procession halts in Market Place where the time-honoured Rushbearing Song is recounted and rushes raised before returning to a service of thanksgiving and dedication as garlands are displayed in the church. Children receive local gingerbread - often a bribe for their attendance in years gone by - before children's Rushbearing sports and prized guide race takes place in Rothay Park.
From here the route heads to Matterdale and continues over to Haweswater before returning via Kentmere, Ambleside and Elterwater to the finish at Coniston. The route does not pass over any of the 'popular' Lakeland summits. Instead, it weaves it's way through stunning valleys, coutours picturesque fells and cuts it's own line through the amazing Lakeland topography. The Lakeland 100 will take you to places in Cumbria you may never have visited before and it's likely you'll wonder why.
Fri23Jul2021Sun25Jul202111:00 amConiston, Ambleside
The route starts from the Northern end of Ullswater within the grand Dalemain Estate before following the Eastern shore line as far as Howtown. A quick climb and descent followed by a trek along the banks of Haweswater sees you at Mardale Head. The route from here visits Long Sleddale, Kentmere, Ambleside, Langdale and Tilberthwaite before the final climb and descent to the finish at Coniston. It is a truly amazing route and you will visit places that you never knew existed, places which are ignored by the masses..
Sat24Jul2021Sun25Jul20219:00 amGrange over Sands
For 48 years, the Cumbria Steam & Vintage Vehicle Society Ltd has been bringing together vintage vehicles from across the world to Cark Airfield in Flookburgh, near Grange-over-Sands, for one massive summer gathering. A huge colourful and noisy weekend event with a variety of entertainments, the Steam Gathering will feature splendid steam engines and vintage commercial vehicles, as well as hundreds of classic transport favourites including cars, motorcycles, bicycles, agricultural and industrial tractors, farm equipment and stationary engines. This year we are pleased to be able to welcome members of the Ford and Fordson Association who will stage their annual Expo display at Flookburgh. The display, which aims to highlight the varied output of the Ford Motor Company, mainly in respect of their contribution to agricultural mechanisation, is now in its tenth year and this will be the first time that this event has been staged in this part of the country. For fans of blue (and green and orange, with possibly a few grey) tractors, this is an occasion not to be missed
The Rydal Show also has over 20 trade stands offering country life shopping including clothing and accessories, art and displays. A licensed bar will be open from 11am - 7pm and food will include full catering using local produce from a seated catering tent, as well as sandwiches, cakes, Cumberland sausage and burgers.
The Coniston Epic Lakes Swim is event 3 of the Epic Lakes Open Water Swim Series. It takes place near the Bluebird Cafe, in Coniston. You can choose either the 500m, the 1 mile or the ‘Iron’ 3.8k distances, depending upon your age and ability. Coniston provides yet another fantastic venue, with stunning views and it’s a great family day out. Visit the famous Bluebird Cafe or take a ride on the Steam Gondola. Coniston is of course famous for Donald Campbell’s speed record, but you can take things a bit more leisurely and enjoy the surroundings. It’s going to be another EPIC day of swimming, come and join us!
The Grasmere Sports & Show takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday 29th August 2021 at The Showfield in Grasmere. It's one of the longest running Lake District sports events and is now in its 171st year. Grasmere Sports features traditional sports from Cumberland & Westmorland wrestling to fell running and hound trailing.
The 2021 Chillswim Coniston Swim will be held on Saturday 4th September – Event HQ is based at John Ruskin School in Coniston. This will be the 9th year of this incredible swimming event! Chillswim Coniston has been sold out every year since its inception. It’s a unique swim with a highly experienced management team.
There will be 750 swimmers, completing the full length of lake swim in 7 separate starts based on your average mile pace to give you the best experience possible. This event has always been a wetsuit optional swim.
The Windermere Epic Lakes Swim is final event of the Epic Lakes Open Water Swim Series. It takes place from YMCA Lakeside, Newby Bridge. You can choose either the 500m, the 1 mile or the 5km distances, depending upon your age and ability. Bring the family and join us for the season finale, it’s going to be another EPIC day out in the Lake District.
For those wanting a shorter option, the Lakeland Trails Half Marathon utilises the first 17km section of the marathon course as far as Tarn Hows, before heading back to Coniston. The Lakeland Trails Mini Marathon 10K utilises the beautiful Torver Trail route from 2014, starting and finishing from Land's Point in Coniston.
Sat23Oct202110:30 amGreat Langdale
A beautiful, challenging marathon course set in England's most spectacular mountain scenery. The Langdale Marathon has a reputation as the toughest road marathon in the UK. Taking in two laps of the Half Marathon course and reaching gradients of 1:3, this stunning marathon attracts both seasoned runners and a large number of people looking for their next challenge.
The Cumbrian Cracker is one of the original Lakeland cycle sportives. It’s a 60 miles route which starts and finishes in Grasmere village and climbs ‘Red Bank’ within the first mile! The route continues round the back of Coniston Water to reach the food stop at Cartmel scout hut. The return leg then weaves it’s way through fantastic country lanes, via Grizedale forest, Hawkshead and Ambleside. The route is undulating but does not climb any of the major passes. The roads in South Lakeland are some of the best you will ever ride and well worth the trip! This is a classic Autumn sportive and an EPIC day out on the bike, make sure you join us!
Sat11Dec202111:00 amGreat Langdale
The course follows an undulating route through the stunning scenery of the Great Langdale valley. The start line is at the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel, followed by 5km of running to Elterwater village. The course then runs through Bayesbrown Woods to Bayesbrown Farm, before returning to the New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel.