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Saturday 4th April 2020

Entries Open
Monday 23rd September 2019
Entries Close
Monday 16th March 2020
Entry Fees
Entry Fee   £15.00   
Richard Tait

This is a scenic route with 4400ft of ascent, via Loughrigg Tarn, Skelwith Bridge, High Tilberthwaite, Coniston and Tarn Hows then Cumbria Way back to Ambleside. Runners and walkers welcome.

  •  23 miles, from Ambleside Parish Centre, LA22 9DH, Grid ref: NY374044.
  • Start time 08.00 (registration from 07.00)  
  • All to finish by 17.30.
  • A cut off will apply at Skelwith Bridge at 3pm (Checkpoint 3) 
  • The £15 entry fee includes refreshments at three checkpoints and light meal at finish.
  • Certificates for all finishers.  
  • Maps OL 6&7. Navigational skills required.
  • All entrants to bring a mug.
  • Parking in public car parks in Ambleside, car parking charges apply. No parking in church or Parish Centre grounds. Limit of 250 entrants.

Regrettably no dogs on this event, it is lambing time in the Lakes.

This event broadly follows the route of an old favourite – the Lakeland LDWA 23 mile “Spring in Lakeland.” This has been put on hold for 2020 in favour of the “Spring in Lakeland 50” event based in Staveley on 21 April, a decision made in response to the need for qualifying events for the LDWA national 100 mile event in May 2020. Lakeland LDWA will revert to organising the 23 mile format from Ambleside in 2021.

This year’s organiser, Fell and Rock Climbing Club of the English Lake District Ltd (FRCC) formed in 1907, is centred in the Lake District.  Early in 2019 its oldest and much loved Mountaineering hut, Brackenclose at Wasdale Head, was badly damaged by fire. Proceeds from “April in Ambleside” will go to the hut rebuilding fund.  FRCC is equally well known for gifting to the National Trust land covering 12 summits including Great Gable as a memorial to club members who lost their lives in the First World War. The Memorial plaque on Great Gable commemorates this and is the venue for the annual Remembrance Day service on Gable summit.

FRCC acknowledges the utilisation of the route and format of the LDWA-inspired 23 mile “Spring in Lakeland” event for 2020.

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