Mountain Biking & Hiking Lake District

The Lake District 3 Peaks Challenge with Mountain Bikes

The Lake District 3 Peak challenge is a very popular mountain walking event making use of England's 3 highest mountains - Skiddaw, Helvellyn, and Scafell Pike all exceeding 3000 feet in height and all handily in Cumbria.  However if you have already done a walking challenge or are a keen walker you may be looking for an additional element that will take your challenge event to the next level, and that's where we introduce bikes!  In around 16 hours ascend the 3 mountain peaks and bike in between; a great way to add a different dimension to this popular challenge event. 

During the entire challenge you are fully supported by highly qualified mountain and biking guides who will not only take care of all route finding but also all aspects of mountain and biking safety.  Our staff are highly experienced in running challenge events and have extensive knowledge of the Lake District so you are in very good hands whilst enjoying the stunning scenery that the Lake District has to offer.

Lake District 3 Peaks route:

The start and finish locations can be flexible to suit where your group are accommodated, however here is an overview of the statistics when starting and finishing in Keswick:

  • Duration:   16-18 Hours
  • Ascent:       2645m
  • Distance:    73 Km
    • Hiking - 36km
    • Biking - 37km

A Keswick start and finish would involve cycling to Seathwaite, hiking over Scafell to Langdale, cycling from Langdale to Thirlmere, hiking up Helvellyn, cycling from Thirlmere to Keswick, to then complete the final peak.

Alternative route: If you are looking for a shorter route but would still like to take in major peaks and include cycling, our Edge to Edge is a mountain scrambling and cycle challenge involving the famous Striding and Sharp Edge on Helvellyn and Blencathra. More information on this fantastic circular route can be found by following this link: Edge to Edge.


We invite people to bring their own bikes for personal comfort however we can arrange bike hire at an additional cost.  Self-catering group accommodation on the Distant Horizons estate can be combined with our Lake District 3 Peaks Challenge, contact us for availability and prices.


Lake District 3 Peak Challenge (Original) - This is the traditional version of the Lake District 3 Peak Challenge and involves ascending the 3 mountain peaks in one day with road transportation in between each leg with a target time of your choice.  You can find more details on this option in our 'First Challenge' section.  This is an ideal option for those wishing to take it steady.  

Lake District 3 Peaks in 36 hours - This challenge is at a similar level to the Lake District 3 Peaks with bikes but is a walking only version of the challenge by summiting all 3 mountain peaks and walking in between over 2 days with one night of camping en-route.  All camping equipment, excluding a sleeping bag, is provided for the night's camping.  More information on our 36 hour Lake District 3 Peaks can be found in our 'Next Level' section of Challenge Events.

Lake District 3 Peaks in 24 hours - One continuous walk linking all 3 peaks within a time limit of 24 hours.  Starting at Keswick’s Moot Hall you ascend Skiddaw, then Helvellyn before traversing past the Langdale Pikes and onto Scafell Pike and Scafell.  Then descend into Borrowdale with a lovely walk along the River Derwent and the shores of Derwent Water before returning to the finish point at the Moot Hall in Keswick.  More information on this version of the Lake District 3 Peaks can be found in our 'Endurance' section of challenge events

For further details on this mountain challenge event please contact our office on 017684 86465.

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At A Glance

Price per person: From £150+vat

Activity Level: 4C
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Dates: April to September

Group Size: 7+

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