Cross Lakes Challenge - West to East

If you are looking for a big challenge and a long day the Cumbria Cross Lakes Challenge West to East could be the one for you.  The challenge event will take you from the far West of the Lake District coast line all the way to eastern side taking in a major section of the coast to coast cycle route.  

As you bike, walk and kayak through some of the most picturesque locations in England our professional and highly experienced guides will make sure you are well looked after and that you have all the necessary equipment. However, don’t take this challenge lightly as to reach the end you will first have to climb one of England’s highest peaks and paddle the length of one of the longest lakes.  Rest assured Distant Horizons will send you out with the professionals and help you create a very memorable day.

CROSS LAKES challenge West TO East ROUTE:

  • Duration:   13-16.5 Hours
  • Distance:    71.5 Km
    • Biking - 50km
    • Hiking - 10km
    • Kayaking - 11.5km
  • Get transported to the start at Whitehaven
  • Bike from Whitehaven to Thirlmere taking in the west Cumbrian section of the C2C bike trail 
  • From Thirlmere ascend Helvellyn on foot, descending to Ullswater via Swirral Edge
  • Paddle the length of Ullswater finishing at Pooley Bridge

Alternative route: If you don't think you are quite ready for such a challenge but like the idea of spanning the Lake District in one day, our South to North Cross Lakes Challenge may be what you are looking for.  This version of the challenge has a shorter distance yet still packs a punch when you are looking for something that will test your fitness and stamina.  For more information follow this link: Cumbria Cross Lakes Challenge South to North.


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


Due to the lengthy duration of the event we advise people to stay in the local area the night before and after, and for those looking for a self-catering option we have our own lodge available for private hire.  Our Lakeland Lodge provides basic but comfortable communal accommodation for up to 12 people.  For groups interested in alternative accommodation we can source a variety of options.

For further details on our Lake District and Cumbria challenge events please contact our office on 017684 86465.

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At A Glance

Price Per Person: From £150+vat

Activity Level: 5B
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Dates: April-September

Group Size: 7-20

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