Routes Revealed for Cumbrian Challenge 2020
Will your team do the Peak, Tough or Tougher?
*** Update: the 2021 Cumbrian Challenge has been cancelled and all participants moved to the September 2021 event ***
Blue skies and blistering sunshine greeted teams on the idyllic fells of the Lake District last year as our fundraisers challenged themselves to climb Helm Crag, High Raise and Pike O'Stickle alongside our beneficiaries. And this year we have a brand new set of routes to test your team at the Cumbrian Challenge 2020, which has been moved from May to October due to COVID-19.
Nearly 1000 teams have come together to meet and support veterans at our annual challenge event in Grasmere - and 200 more will take part in our eighth challenge!
This year teams can consist of three or four people - with the option to swap teammates or course choice until 18 September - with everyone starting and finishing at our event marquee on Grasmere Sports Ground.
For 2020 we're tacking on the majestic Fairfield Peaks - ensuring magnificent views and a breathtaking experience on every level.
In the words of Alfred Wainwright: "From the south it appears as a great horseshoe of grassy slopes below a consistently high skyline...but lacking those dramatic qualities that appeal most to the lover of hills. But on the north side the Fairfield range is magnificent: here are dark precipices, long fans of scree...desolate combes and deep valleys”. 
THE 'TOUGHER' (13 peaks)
This years ‘Tougher’ Route is 32km with a total ascent of 2,000m and is a big, memorable day in the hills. It hits the high points of Heron Pike, Great Rigg, Fairfield Peak and St Sunday Crag before descending towards Patterdale. This route has a final sting in the tail, taking teams up Little Hart Crag, Dove Crag and Hart Crag for beautiful views of the finish before descending back down towards Grasmere. This is going to be long and 'tougher' but an incredible achievement for all those who take it on - and put in perspective by the stories of the men and women you are fundraising for and who will be taking part alongside you.
“If you think you are fit and looking for a new challenge then this is it! I run marathons, mud races, long distance bike rides, triathlons etc. and I can honestly say this was by far the toughest challenge I have ever done. Not only did I have to conquer my fear of heights the tougher route was physically challenging as well. It is one of only two medals I have that I can honestly say I truly earned!” Sarah JC Lewis, Birketts LLP
THE 'TOUGH' (9 peaks)
The ‘Tough’ Route has an ascent of 1,700m and a distance of 25km. It starts with a beautiful climb up to Heron Pike above Grasmere before continuing along the Rydal Fell to Fairfield Peak where spectacular views await - subject to the clag, before descending towards Bridgend. The route back to base takes in the stunning Brothers Water and climbs up and over Hart Crag before crossing the finish line where you can enjoy tea, medals and a fantastic sense of achievement with your team, whatever the weather.
“Anyone considering joining next year's event should not hesitate.there are routes for levels of fitness but the camaraderie that happens whilst doing makes you forget any fears or aches as it's such an amazing day. You get to chat to the people you are supporting and our service men are heroes who deserve a 'pay-it-forward' by ourselves to show our support.” Tracy Todd, All Together Cumbria
THE 'PEAK' (1 peak)
The ‘Peak’ Route has an overall height gain of just 700m and a total distance of 10km with all day to complete it - a perfect route for those who are new to the fells. Teams will pass Alcock Tarn on the way to Heron Pike and will get some great views as they reach Great Rigg, where you will begin their descent towards the finish line. A fantastic and achievable introduction to the Lake District.
“As a first timer to this event I found it fantastic. The WWTW team and event was well organised, nothing was a silly question and support was always on hand. We did the tougher route and it was tough. I would highly recommend this if you want a personal challenge with your friends or if you want to build some team spirit as an organisation. Well done to the Cumbrian Challenge team.” 2019 Participant
All three routes will end back in Grasmere where teams will have the opportunity to meet and hear from beneficiaries of the charity – an important reminder of how your fundraising really helps to make a difference.
If you would like to take on one of these fantastic routes, read testimonials, see videos about the event or check out the current fundraising leaderboard, please visit: https://www.cumbrianchallenge.org/.
See our 2019 highlights here.
1 Alfred Wainright. A Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.
Image Credit: Martin Lynn – Carve Photography