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Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge

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  • 15 peaks. 3850 metres of ascent. 27 miles trekked
  • 3 fantastic days of trekking in the timeless landscapes of The Lake District
  • Trek remote and dramatic mountains by day and enjoy local eateries, cafes and pubs by night
  • Ultimate way to explore England’s largest national park   
  • Stand on the summit of Scafell Pike, England’s highest mountain at 978m
  • Take on the classic grade 1 scramble of Striding Edge traversing the airy ridge to Helvellyn
  • Accompanied by experienced local Mountain Leaders
  • Private trips available for groups over 10 people
  • We look forward to welcoming you to the beautiful green valleys, craggy ridges and the highest peaks in the Lake District.


The Lake District is one of the most stunning mountainous areas in the UK. With breath-taking mountains, glistening lakes and green valleys – it is the perfect backdrop for your home-grown adventure.

This itinerary is the ‘sister’ trip to our Welsh 15 Peaks Challenge. You’ll summit some of the highest peaks in the Lake District, both well known and off the beaten track crags, and have the chance to take on a classic grade 1 scramble of Striding Edge.

With tackling peaks such as Scafell Pike, Helvellyn, Great End and Great Gable to name a few, over a 3 day period, you’ll experience a huge sense of achievement whilst also having the time to enjoy a well deserved coffee & cake or pint in a local café or pub. This trip is about having the chance to experience quality mountain days whilst also having time to socialise with your group of like minded trekkers and support local communities.

The trek is fully supported with our certified and friendly Mountain Leaders. Plus trekking with us means not only will you have a fantastic and safe experience, your summit achievements will also help support the climate care charity, Cool Earth.

Evening prior

Arrival, preparation and accommodation
Make your way to the hostel to meet your fellow team-mates and Adventurous Ewe crew. Here you will have a trek briefing in the early evening in preparation for your Lakes 15 Peaks Challenge. 

Please note, dinner is not included.

Accommodation:  Hostel, dorm room basis

Day 1

8 Peaks
The start of your Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge begins at Seathwaite in the beautiful Borrowdale Valley. Soon climbing to reach your first peak of Brown Base, this Wainwright offers a grand view of Borrowdale and the fells that surround this stunning valley. It’s then time to summit your next peak, Green Gable with views across Western Lakeland, including Ennerdale and the High Stile ridge before heading up onto Great Gable. For a bit of a breather, your route descends to Sty Head Pass where you’ll join the Corridor Route to Lingmell and Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England. It’s then onto Broad Crag and III Crag before standing on the final peak of the day, Great End. Your circular route finishes back in Seathwaite. It’s your biggest day in the mountains tackling 8 of your 15 peaks challenge.

1.Brown Base 646m
2.Green Gable 801m
3.Great Gable  899m
4.Lingmell 807m
5.Scafell Pike 978m
6.Broad Crag 934m
7.III Crag 935m
8.Great End 910m

Approx. distance: 11 miles
Total ascent: 1750m
Trekking time: 8 – 9 hours

Leader ratio 12:1

Accommodation:  Hostel, dorm room basis
Transfers:  Private vehicle
Meals:  Breakfast and packed lunch

Day 2

6 Peaks
Today we take one of the most iconic mountain routes in the UK in the Eastern Fells of the Lake District National Park. Weather permitting you’ll tackle an exciting scramble along Striding Edge to reach Helvellyn. This is a classic grade 1 scramble and you’ll be accompanied by certified and friendly scrambling leaders. Continuing on from Helvellyn and the technical sections now behind you, your route continues along the ridge line to Lower Man, Whiteside, Raise and finally Stybarrow Dodd. It’s then time to make your way to Green Stones with stunning views of Ullswater before descending into Glenridding to complete this thrilling circuit. Arriving back in Glenridding, and if time permits, you’ll have the option to take a dip in the lake or have drink in one of the many coffee shops in the village. A great finish to day 2 in the mountains.

  1. Helvellyn 950m
  2. Lower Man 925m
  3. WhiteSide 863m
  4. Raise 883m
  5. Stybarrow Dodd 843m
  6. Green Stones 795m

Approx. distance: 10 miles
Total ascent: 1300m
Trekking time: 7 – 8 hours

Leader Ratio 6:1

Accommodation:  Hostel, dorm room basis
Transfers:  Private vehicle
Meals:  Breakfast and packed lunch

Day 3

Final Peak
Today you’ll venture over to the quieter part of the Lake District, the Northern Fells. The trek climbs Blencathra also known as Saddleback.  The route is via Doddick Fell, a peaceful broad grassy ridge with no scrambling to the summit. There are 6 summits on the Blenathra Summit Ridge with Hallsfell at 868mt being the highest peak and your final summit of the trip. Your route continues along the summit to descend via Blease Fell and into Threlkeld village, with your trek complete you’ll have time for a celebratory toast of fizz before returning to Seathwaite. With a huge sense of achievement you can either make your way home or stay another night in the Lake District.

  1. Blencathra 868m

Approx. distance 6 miles
Total ascent: 800m
Trekking time: 5 – 6 hours

Leader Ratio: 12:1

Transfers:  Private vehicle
Meals:  Breakfast and packed lunch

Please note, Adventurous Ewe reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate.

Why go

Homegrown trekking adventure

Since the COVID-19 pandemic has had a huge impact on local communities and livelihoods, we’re keen to promote adventures on home ground particularly to help support the local tourism industry here whilst also giving you the chance to get out and explore our incredible Lake District landscapes in a safe and fun manner.

This trek has been designed to deliver an amazing experience and showcase the some of the most stunning landscapes across The Lake District whilst also giving you time to enjoy local cafes, bars and restaurants. Plus the chance to step out of your comfort zone and gain a greater understanding of the mountains, local environment and local communities. 

Pre-trek info

On booking onto the Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge, you will receive all the exciting trek info via our mobile travel app. 

You’ll have access to your itinerary, trip countdown, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, know before you go trip info, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24 hours a day via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper to benefit the environment and the need of carrying around documents with you. A’ppy days.

Pre-trek support

With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service for your Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on this event and therefore require varying levels of support and guidance. We’re here to help you every step of the way from the moment you join the flock all the way through to completing the challenge and beyond. Jim and Sue’s knowledge and expertise stems from dozens of years of travelling and exploring the UK in order to fully support you in the lead up to your adventure.

Safety and Well-being

Adventurous Ewe puts the safety and well-being of you, our leaders & crew and the communities we visit at the centre of all our operations, always. Your safety and well-being is our top priority. The Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge is intentionally challenging and requires adequate preparation as the trek is designed to take you out of their every-day comfort zones and achieve something great. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place. Your safety and well-being is our top priority at all times.

For more info, please visit our Safety and Well-being page. 

Leaders & crew

You will be accompanied by certified Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew during your Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge. Our Leaders are first aid qualified and have extensive experience in leading expeditions throughout the UK. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group. An additional Leader will accompany your group on day 2 during the grade 1 scramble of Striding Edge. Leaders and Crew will carrying full safety equipment and mountain first aid kits with them at all times. Please note, these kits are for emergencies only so please come prepared with your own personal first aid items. The Leaders and Crew will also be in constant radio communication with the vehicle drivers and base throughout your trek.

Group size

We pride ourselves in small group travel to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety and wellbeing and to make your experience more authentic.

The minimum group size to run this trek is 10 people and the maximum group size is 36 people.

You are most welcome to join the Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge as a group of family, friends or colleagues or as a solo trekker. If you have a group of over 10 people, we would be more than happy to run a private trek for your team, your charity, your private group or your company. You’re also welcome to use this trek as a fundraiser for the charity of your choice.

For any further info or to chat about running a bespoke Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge, we’d love to hear from you at or call 01492 588 069.  

Group management

The Lake District 15 Peaks is a team challenge and not an individual competitive race. You will be taking part in teams of up to 10 people with a dedicated Leader. We encourage team spirit and support of each other to ensure everyone has the best opportunity to complete the challenge and enjoy the journey along the way too. This epic mountain trek is a fantastic way to meet like-minded people and share an incredible adventure whilst being accompanied and supported by friendly and experienced Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew. Additional Leaders will be in support of your team whilst traversing Striding Edge (a grade one scramble). Please note, this traverse is optional and you will be fully briefed the day prior to the ascent.

Trip Grading

The Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge is graded as ‘Tough’ and preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this trek. A good level of fitness and endurance is required in order to complete 3 days in the mountains. A training programme will be provided and it is strongly recommend that you have previous mountain trekking experience.

The majority of this trek takes place over mountain paths within the Lake District, which, although uneven underfoot, are fairly well maintained and regularly used. However, there are a couple of small sections where you will be climbing over rocks and using your hands to help you up and down. Plus there is a grade one scramble of Striding Edge. 


A bespoke training programme will be provided when join the team for this adventure to help you with your preparations.

We also have exclusive offers with our Training Partners and Communities – Her Spirit and the Bath Kettlebell Society. For more info, please visit our Training and Preparation page.

The more you are prepared, the more you will enjoy the challenge.

Our motto is: Train hard, smile harder and enjoy the journey!


A full kit list will be provided when you sign up The Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic event and an uncomfortable one. Well-worn in waterproof hiking boots are essential together with a good quality waterproof jacket AND trousers. 

Exclusive Kit Discount Codes

To help you get the very best from your Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge we will provide you with an exclusive Adventurous Ewe discount code to use in independent Joe Brown / The Climbers Shop and ashmei athletic apparel both online and in store. They offer a large choice of kit that the staff themselves use while climbing, hiking, mountaineering, running, travelling or enjoying expeditions across the globe and they pride themselves on sharing their experience and knowledge of equipment so you can choose the right gear to suit you and your trekking challenge.


The weather in The Lake District, particularly in the mountains, can change rapidly so it is essential that you are prepared for all conditions including rain, wind and heat. In the week leading up to your trip we recommend checking the Mountain Weather Information Service. You will also receive weather updates via our mobile travel app.

Please note, the Leader/s reserve the right to change the itinerary at any time should the conditions require it as your safety and well-being is our top priority at all times.  In these circumstances we will make the best alternative arrangements possible that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.


Three nights hostel accommodation is included in your Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge. You will be allocated single sex dorm rooms. 

If you would prefer a single room please let us know asap and we will make the arrangements for you dependent on availability at the hostel. There will be an additional cost for this room dependent on the hostel, therefore please get in touch with us for further info at

Getting there

You will need to make your own way to the hostel either by car or train for the start of your Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge. The closest train station is Windermere and trains are available from London Euston to Windermere. A transfer can be provided from Windermere train station to your accommodation if pre-booked with us one month in advance of the trek. Further information will be provided one month prior to your trek.

Food & drinks

3 x breakfasts and 3 x packed lunches of local produce are included as part of your Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know one month prior to your trip start date. Please note, dinner is not provided giving you the opportunity to sample a variety of local restaurants and pubs.

Please bring your own water bottles or camelbaks/platypus (or similar) and flasks (if you wish to take a hot drink during your trek) and refill in the hostel to avoid the need of purchasing plastic water bottles.

Water-to-Go bottles

The impact of single use plastic is having on our landscape, wildlife and oceans, it is now more important than ever that we all make changes in order to help our planet. We may not be a huge global company but we’re passionate about playing our part and trying to make a huge difference collectively. Together we can dramatically reduce our consumption of single use plastics and support our responsible travel ethos of ‘Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.’

You can make a difference too with taking part in the Lake District 15 Peaks Challenge and purchasing one of these environmentally friendly reusable alternative bottles compared to single-use plastic water bottles. Grab a Water-to-Go bottle through Adventurous Ewe and receive a 15% discount. Even better, Water-to-Go will donate a further 15% to our charity partner, Cool Earth. For more info please visit or email us at to buy your Water-To-Go bottle.

Payment info

Deposit: £75 per person is required on booking. 

Remaining balance: £420 per person is due for payment no later than 4 weeks prior to the trip start date.

Monthly payment plan
A monthly payment plan can be arranged for this trip. Please contact us for more information or to set up your plan. Simply email or call 01492 588 069.

Book & Travel with Confidence
As well as carefully crafting amazing and meaningful adventures across the planet, we’ve made booking them as flexible, safe and as simple as possible. 

For the latest info regarding booking and travelling with Adventurous Ewe, please visit our website.

You’re welcome to fundraise for a charity of your choice if you wish to do so. All sponsorship monies are to be sent directly to your chosen charity.

Book & travel with confidence

As well as carefully crafting amazing and meaningful adventures across the planet, we’ve made booking them as flexible, safe and as simple as possible. With the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we’ve made a number of updates to our safety guidelines, flexible booking conditions and trip departures. For more info, please our Book and Travel with Confidence page. 

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Departure & Return Duration Availability Deposit Total Cost* (*Total cost includes the deposit)
May 30, 2024
Jun 02, 2024
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What's Included?


  • Personalised trip support in the lead up to your challenge from Adventurous Ewe
  • Bespoke training guide and exclusive discount code our fitness training partners
  • Trip info provided via our free app
  • Discount on personal kit from UK outdoor retail shops both in shop and online
  • Public liability insurance
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning

During your trip:

  • Trip briefing the night prior to your mountain adventure
  • Certified Mountain Leaders
  • Transfers to and from your accommodation to the start and finish of the trek each day
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • 3 night’s hostel accommodation (dorm share basis)
  • 3 breakfasts
  • 3 packed lunches
  • Risk assessments, risk and safety management
  • Complimentary celebratory fizz on completion of the challenge
  • All trip management and hygienic cleaning procedures of vehicle and equipment before, during and post trek.

What's Not Included?

  • Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List
  • Getting to the start and finish of the trip
  • Single room requests (subject to availability)
  • Evening meals
  • Personal spending money
  • Any expenses incurred with leaving the trip early ie. hotel accommodation or change of travel costs.

Currently not included but can be organised at an additional cost

  • Additional night/s accommodation
  • Any trip extensions

No accommodation package

Please note, if you opt for the ‘no accommodation package’ accommodation and breakfast is not included in this package.

Sustainable and Responsible Travel

Adventurous Ewe is committed to delivering events in a responsible and ethical manner with sustainability at the core. We respect and aim to operate our adventures and events to benefit local people, their economy and the environment!

Some of the sustainable features embedded in our Lakes 15 Peaks Trek are:

  • We only operate with small groups which have less impact on local communities and the environment and give you a more authentic experience
  • Using local crew who are qualified leaders and extremely experienced, passionate and knowledgeable
  • We do not use any single use plastic and refill water bottles and flasks to avoid the need to purchase bottled water
  • We stay in locally owned accommodation wherever possible
  • Our meals are taken in local restaurants to support the local community
  • Encourage our suppliers to adopt more sustainable practices and also choose suppliers who already have greener practices in place
  • We do not use any route markers which are often made from plastic based products and non-biodegradable
  • Where possible, our Leaders collect any rubbish enroute
  • We recycle and reuse wherever possible
  • We always operate by our ‘Leave no trave ethos’ – Take nothing but photos, leave nothing but boot-prints, keep nothing but memories.
  • By taking part in this trip you are helping us support the climate change charity, Cool Earth, and local environmental charity, the Snowdonia Society.
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