Biking & Hiking Lake District

3 Lake Mammoth

Take on our 3 Lakes Mammoth challenge by biking and hiking in between England’s 3 longest lakes over 2 days; a full on challenge that is not for the faint hearted. 

On the original 3 Lakes Challenge groups travel between the lakes via vehicle transport, however introducing bikes and a hike over Helvellyn creates one continuous journey over 2 days, providing a full on challenge that is not to be sniffed at.  


  • Duration:   2 days
  • Distance:  103.5 km
    • Kayaking - 35km
    • Biking - 51.5km, 920m ascent
    • Hiking - 17km, 950m ascent

Day 1

  1. Start at Distant Horizons and bike to Windermere via Kirkstone Pass -16.5 km
  2. Paddle the length of Windermere - 16 km
  3. Cycle from the Southern end of Windermere through the Crake valley to the Southern tip of Coniston - 19.5 km
  4. Paddle the length of Coniston - 7.5 km
  5. Bike from the Northern end of Consiton to Grasmere village - 15.5 km

Day 2

  1. Hike from Grasmere to Glenridding via Helvellyn, one of England's highest mountains - 17 km
  2. Paddle Ullswater to finish at Pooley Bridge - 11.5 km


  • Evening briefing session prior to event
  • Qualified and highly experienced guides
  • Technical equipment and clothing 
  • Vehicle support with technician
  • Catering and refreshments throughout your challenge event.
  • Photo memoir of your event
  • 15% off at Cotswold Outdoor

We invite people to bring their own bikes for personal comfort however we can arrange bike hire at an additional cost. 


The Distant Horizons 3 Lakes Challenge event is unique in the fact that we use sea kayaks which are ideal for long distance open water journeys, especially on the larger lakes found in the Lake District National Park.  Sea kayaks are ideally suited to the 3 Lakes Challenge due to the boats speed capabilities and also the ease of handling in windy conditions, they are very efficient and ideally suited to novice and experienced paddlers alike.  If you have never paddled before don't worry as we provide a detailed training session the evening before the 3 Lakes Challenge event, giving everyone the chance to grasp the required techniques. 


Self-catering group accommodation on the Distant Horizons estate in the Lake District is available in addition to the event fee.

Come and see the Lake District from the best seats in the house - guaranteed.  Let us know your preferred dates and we will organise the rest.  For further details on our 3 Lakes Challenge Event please contact our office on 017684 86465.

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At A Glance

Price Per Person: £250+vat

Activity Level: 5B
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Dates: May - September

Group Size: 7-20

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