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Routes revealed for the Cumbrian Challenge 2018

Will your team go for the Peak, Tough or Tougher?

They’ve taken on hellish weather conditions high on Helvellyn, enjoyed clear blue skies above the Langland Pikes and helped each other up the screes to Fairfield in previous years -  now teams signed up to the Cumbrian Challenge 2018 will take on another set of new routes to test and build their camaraderie.

For the sixth edition of Walking With The Wounded’s annual event in May, up to 150 teams of walkers and runners will navigate away from the more well-trodden parts of the UNESCO World Heritage Lake District to the lesser climbed slopes of Wetherlam. The teams of four will start and finish in Grasmere and be able to meet, talk with and be inspired by beneficiaries of the charity at registration on the Friday evening and on the hill on the Saturday.

The ’Tougher’ route is 30km and will head to the spectacular high point of Wetherlam via Wetherlam Edge, as well as enjoying 360 degree views from the top of Blake Rigg above Blea Tarn – with 1,800m of climbing for those up for a big day in the hills with their team.

The ‘Tough’ route will be 23km and roams up Lingmoor fell, descends to the picturesque Blea Tarn and climbs Blake Rigg before heading for home, with a final total ascent of 1,250m.

The ‘Peak’ route will be 15km and see walkers head up the lovely Loughrigg (for anyone taking on their first Lakeland fell) and involves 700m of height gain to ensure a beautiful view back over Grasmere – weather permitting of course.

All three courses will feature the now trademark hill start up the Grasmere Sports fell run to get your lungs working and teams can change their route choice (and team members) up until 1 May.

Every team that takes part will support an ex serviceman or women back into independence with their fundraising and get to meet and be inspired by Walking With The Wounded beneficiaries, in the event marquee and on the hill.

Last year’s event saw howling gales on Helvellyn which generated an extraordinary sense of camaraderie among and between teams while the year before there was barely a cloud in the sky and sun cream was the order of the day as the heat provided an additional challenge while also ensuring the stunning Lake District vistas were on view to all. Whatever the weather the challenge and sense of achievement remains.

Find out more, watch a film, read testimonials or enter your team

With thanks to the kind permissions from the National Trust, Lake District National Park Authority and the Rydal Estate and our presenting partners BAE Systems and FDM