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Rainbows Lake District Triple Challenge

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Registration fee now: £33.75 per person (was £45 per person). Payable on booking and non-refundable


  • The Lake District Challenge. Bike it. Hike it. Paddle it 
  • The ultimate way to explore this Unesco World Heritage Site
  • Tackle all terrains as you bike, hike and kayak in the heart of the Lake District National Park
  • Conquer the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks – Old Man of Coniston
  • Experience the beauty and the brawn of England’s best adventure playground
  • Bike & kayak and associated equipment hire all included
  • Tackle this epic landscape all in support of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People
  • Fundraise £300pp to help Rainbows care for hundreds of families every year who have a child or young person with a serious or terminal illness.


The Lake District’s postcard panorama of craggy hilltops, mountain tarns and glittering lakes paints the perfect landscape for your multi activity adventure! Trek to the summit of one of the Lake District’s most iconic peaks, the Old Man of Coniston, tackle the off-road mountain bike trails of Grizedale forest and kayak across the picturesque Coniston water in support of Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People.

The hire of all bikes, kayaks and safety equipment is included in the challenge. The Lakes Triple Challenge takes you on a journey covering approx. 10 miles of cycling, 5 miles of trekking and 2 miles of kayaking. The sense of achievement is huge as you conquer this 17 mile route of steep climbs, gruelling hills and paddle along one of the largest natural lakes in the UK.


There are two fundraising packages available for this event:


Registration fee now: £33.75 per person (was £45 per person). Payable on booking and non-refundable

Sponsorship: £300 per person sponsorship pledge for Rainbows. 80% of your fundraising (£240) must be received by Rainbows no later than 5 weeks prior to your event start date. The remaining 20% of your fundraising (£60) is to be received by Rainbows no later than 4 weeks following the completion of your event.


Registration fee now: £33.75 per person (was £45 per person). Payable on booking and non-refundable

Remaining balance: £130 per person, payable by yourself no later than 4 weeks prior to your event start date.

Sponsorship: Simply raise as much sponsorship as you can for Rainbows.

All sponsorship money is to be sent directly to Rainbows. Thank you.


If you have a group of 10 people or more, whether it’s a corporate team, family and/or friends, and you wish to do this event as a private group in support of Rainbows, please get in touch as we’d be happy to host a trip for you between April – October. Simply email: info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.

Day 1

The Lakes Triple Challenge provides a fantastic way to explore and experience both the well known and some off the beaten track gems of the Lake District National Park. You’ll have a central base for the start and finish of each activity. Taking part in teams of no more than 10 people and accompanied by a certified Bike, Mountain & Kayak Leaders at all times.  

First leg – 10 miles cycling

After a short safety briefing you will be kitted out with your bike to tackle the first leg of the Lake District Challenge. With the Old Man of Coniston rugged peak looming behind you in the distance you will follow the shores of Coniston Water winding into the impressive Grizedale Forest. With tackling a step climb you will be rewarded with spectacular views of the Old Man of Coniston and the lake which eagerly await. You will then have a sweeping descent before following the scenic route skirting the shores of Coniston Lake and back to base.

Included: Bike hire – mountain bikes provided and will be fitted according to your height and helmets will also be provided and must be worn at all times whilst on your bike.

Distance covered: approx. 10 miles on road and forest track  

Second leg – 5 miles Old Man of Coniston Trek

Arriving back at base, you’ll swap your bikes for boots and begin the ascent of The Old Man of Coniston at 803m. Your climb will start on the quiet country lane which climbs steeply for the first half mile. Following another steady climb you’ll come to Low Water Lake, a great place to stop and take in your surroundings. The path continues up the hillside, zigzagging as it ascends where you’ll notice the remains of old copper workings as the lakeside village of Coniston was originally established to support the local mining industry. The final section will see you trekking a few steep steps before reaching the summit!! From the peak your view will take in the surrounding lakes and mountains and, weather permitting, some of the most extensive views in the Lake District. Following your obligatory photo snap, your descent takes you down the same path before arriving back at base.

Distance covered: Approx. 5 miles

Trekking time: Approx. 2 – 3 hours 

Third and final leg – 2 miles kayaking (weather dependent)

Your final activity awaits at the shores of Coniston Water – a 2 mile kayak. You’ll be kitted out for the water element of your challenge and following a briefing you’ll have the chance for a practice before venturing out onto the lake. This is the perfect well-earned rest for those legs after your bike and mountain climb. Coniston Water is a magnificent glacially formed lake nestled amidst some of the Lake District most spectacular scenery. Weather permitting, you may catch a glimpse of the summit of the Old Man of Coniston and Grizedale Forest which gives an incredible sense of achievement.

On returning to the shores you can celebrate the completion of this epic Lakes Multi Activity with your fellow team mates.

Included: Kayak hire – double sit-on-top kayaks, buoyancy aid & paddle

Carbon footprint

We’ve crunched the numbers to work out the total carbon footprint of the Lake District Triple Challenge, and plant or protect enough trees to suck 2x as much back out the atmosphere.

What’s the number?
It works out on average at 20kg of CO2 emissions per person, including all local transport, accommodation, food, activities, leaders, crew and office operations.

The only thing not included is travel to the Lake District. Given that our beloved guests travel from all parts of the UK for this adventure we have no way of reliably knowing their travel plans therefore we’re unable to include an individual number in the figure on display here.

What does the number mean?
To give you a snapshot of the numbers:

  • Driving 1000miles/1609km would be approx. 281kg of CO2 in an average car (or 140.5kg per person if there was 2 of you).
  • A return economy class flight London – New York would be approx. 1,619kg (1.66 tonnes) per person.
  • 10 trees in a temperate forest are estimated to remove approx. 250kg of CO2 from the air over a period of 5 – 10 years.

What are we doing about it?
Our adventures are relatively low-carbon by design, and we’re working to develop long term carbon reduction plan. Following much research into climate change organisations, we carefully selected to support the environmental charity, Cool Earth. They’re a sustainable operation and work with rainforest communities across the globe to halt deforestation and it’s impact on climate change. We invest 1% of our revenue into supporting critical conservation projects world-wild with Cool Earth.

On a local level in the UK, we’re an ongoing business member of the Snowdonia Society, plus Jim and Sue, together with some of our local leaders, also help the Society with their local projects such as planting native trees in Snowdonia. This is to help preserve the landscape and enhance wildlife habitat here in Snowdonia.

Want to know more?
We believe that with great travel, comes even greater responsibility. Tourism is one of the most important and largest industries on the planet. It employs more people worldwide than any other, with millions of families relying on tourism for their daily needs. At Adventurous Ewe we believe that our type of small scale, positive impact tourism can bring benefits to many communities, help preserve the environments we travel to see, and provide real and positive social exchanges. Here is our plan to do our part towards helping reduce factors that we can contributing to climate change as part of Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency.


In teams of up to 10 people, you will complete each leg of the challenge and there will be a central base in between each activity where you will have access to your small kit bag in order to change your clothing and shoes. This base will also provide you with snacks to refuel, a packed lunch and you’ll have the chance to refill your water bottles and flasks. 

All equipment hire is included – bikes, helmets, double sit-on-top kayaks, buoyancy aids & paddles. When booking on to this challenge, please let us know your height details so we can organise the correct sized bike for you or if you wish to bring your own bike & helmet, please let us know in advance. Rest assured all the equipment that we supply will be hygienically cleaned and sanitised. You are welcome to bring your own bike and helmet if you wish.

For any questions, please get in touch with us at info@adventurousewe.co.uk.

Pre-event info

On booking the Lakes Triple Challenge, you’ll receive all the exciting event info via our free mobile travel app. You’ll have access to your itinerary, training guide, countdowns, live updates, contact info, weather forecasts, kit lists and much more at the touch of a button 24/7 via your mobile phone. No more unnecessary use of reams of paper and the need of carrying around documents with you. The app is free to download and all info is customary to your adventure ahead. A’ppy days.

Pre-event support

With being a small family business we pride ourselves with providing personal, professional and friendly service. We appreciate that everyone has different levels of experience and reasons for wishing to embark on Rainbows Lakes Triple Challenge 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.

Plus having created this adventure, both Jim and Sue are best placed to answer any questions you may have, no matter how big or small. We’re here to help every step of the way.

Support from Rainbows:

  • Fundraising support and advice
  • Support on your fundraising journey
  • Downloadable fundraising resources
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 Challenge is intentionally a challenging adventure which is designed to take you out of your every-day comfort zone and achieve something great. Rest assured we have a thorough Safety Management System, indepth risk assessments and risk management systems in place. 

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

Leaders and Crew

You will be accompanied by certified and local Adventurous Ewe Leaders and Crew throughout each activity during your Lakes Triple Challenge.

They’re a friendly bunch with a huge level of care and a great sense of humour. Rest assured they are fully experienced and remote first aid qualified. They will be ultimately responsible for the running of the itinerary and the safety of your group.

Leaders will carry safety equipment and 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 support vehicle throughout your adventure.

Group size

We pride ourselves in small group adventures to minimise the impact on the environment, to maximise your safety & well-being and to make your experience more authentic.

The minimum group size for this trip to run is 10 people. The maximum group size is 40 people.

You are most welcome to join Rainbows Lakes Triple Challenge as a group of family, friends, colleagues, a private bubble or as a solo adventurer.

Private groups

If you have a group of over 10 people, we would be more than happy to run a private event for your team, your charity or your company in support of Rainbows.

For any further info or to chat about running a bespoke event, we’d love to hear from you at info@adventurousewe.co.uk or call 01492 588 069.  

Group management

Rainbows Lakes Triple Challenge is a team event and not designed to be 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. These events are 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.

Event grading

This Lake District Challenge is graded as a ‘Medium’ challenge and an ideal introduction to multi-activity events. Preparation is key to help you get the most enjoyment and reward from this adventure. A good level of fitness is required.  During the cycling leg you will be travelling on roads and forest cycle trails on a mountain bike. You do not need to have previous mountain biking experience for these trails though please note, there are some challenging hill climbs and gravel sections. For the kayak section you do not need any previous paddling experience. You will receive a full kayak brief and instruction and have the chance to practice your new skills prior to starting your paddling journey. For trekking the Old Man of Coniston, a good level of fitness will really help you tackle some of the steeper slopes. The terrain is rough and rocky in parts.

A training programme will be provided. It’s a fantastic challenge and the sense of achievement is huge on completion of this epic one day adventure in the heart of the Lake District.

Training guide

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 for the Lakes Triple Challenge. Good kit can make the difference between a fantastic event and an uncomfortable one.

Bikes, helmets, double sit-on-top kayaks, paddles & buoyancy aids are provided. Rest assured any equipment that we supply will be hygienically cleaned and sanitised.

Exclusive discount codes for independent UK outdoor retailers Joe Brown / The Climber’s Shop and ashmei athletic apparel will also be provided on registering.


Rainbows Lake District Triple Challenge is held in the more favourable summer months from May – September. Though please note, the weather in the mountains in The Lake District 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 event 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 wellbeing 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.


There is no accommodation provided on The Lake District Challenge to give you the flexibility of booking a suitable accommodation place where you feel most comfortable and within your budget. A list of camping, hostel, B&B and hotel details will be provided upon registration. 

Getting there

You will need to make your own way to the event start point for the Lake District Challenge. The closest train station is Windermere and there are trains available from London Euston. The start and finish point of the event will be in Coniston. Further information will be provided once you have booked onto this challenge.

Food & drinks

Your adventure includes a packed lunch of local produce and checkpoint snacks and drinks. If you have any dietary requirements, please let us know when booking on to this trip. 

Please bring your own water bottles or camelbaks/platypus (or similar) and flasks (if you wish to take a hot drink during your challenge) and pre-fill in your accommodation place and then re-fill at the checkpoints to avoid the need of purchasing plastic water bottles.

Sponsorship info


There are two fundraising packages available for this event:


Deposit: £45 per person, payable on signing up and non refundable

Sponsorship: £300 per person sponsorship pledge for Rainbows. 80% of your fundraising (£240) must be received by Rainbows no later than 5 weeks prior to your event start date. The remaining 20% of your fundraising (£60) is to be received by Rainbows no later than 4 weeks following the completion of your event.


Deposit: £45 per person, payable on signing up and non refundable

Remaining balance: £130 per person, payable by yourself no later than 4 weeks prior to your event start date.

Sponsorship: Simply raise as much sponsorship as you can for Rainbows.

All sponsorship money is to be sent directly to Rainbows. Thank you.

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Departure & Return Duration Availability Deposit Total Cost* (*Total cost includes the deposit)

What's Included?

Before your challenge:
  • All trip info supplied via our free online travel platform
  • Personalised support from the Adventurous Ewe team
  • Exclusive discount code for equipment & kit from Joe Brown and The Climber’s Shop and ashmei athletic apparel. Online code provided on booking
  • Multi Activity Training Programme
  • Public liability insurance
  • Risk assessment and emergency management planning.
During your challenge:
  • Cycle & Mountain Leaders and Kayak Instructors
  • Hire bikes and helmets
  • Kayaks, paddles and buoyancy aids
  • Kayak briefing, instruction & support on the lake
  • Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
  • Entrance permission to national park & lake
  • Snacks, hand sanitiser, water and packed lunch during your challenge
  • Celebratory fizz on completion of your challenge
  • All logistical management and transport of kit and equipment.

What's Not Included?

  • Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List
  • Getting to the start and finish of the event
  • Accommodation & dinner the night before the event. This can be organised at an additional cost
  • Any additional snacks & electrolytes
  • Any expenses incurred with leaving the event early; ie. change of rail tickets, etc.
  • Personal spending money.

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 Triple Challenge 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 recommend  locally owned accommodation wherever possible
  • 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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