A shorter course held in association with Ambleside 50K

Starting and finishing in Rothay Park, the Ambleside 25K follows some of the most scenic trails the Lake District has to offer.

Delivered in partnership with The Climbers Shop, the course starts with the Ambleside 50K before following trails through Little Langdale, Elterwater and Chapel Stile to rejoin the longer course in Langdale. Stunning scenery and great support throughout.

Details of start and cut-off times are available here.

Early Bird Entry: £25

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Getting to the event

Rothay Park, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9DH

Rothay Park is the event centre for the Ambleside 25K. It is set in beautiful scenery below Loughrigg Fell at the centre of the Lake District.

The event starts and finishes in Ambleside, a bustling market town providing everything a visitor could want from numerous shops for outdoor enthusiasts to local hospitality provided by many cafes, restaurants and bars.

Travelling by car

With easy access from the M6 (J36 from the South - 28 miles, J40 from the North - 29 miles) A591 to Ambleside.

Travelling by train

There are excellent rail connections to Windermere station (via Oxenholme on the West Coast mainline) which is only 5 miles from Brathay. Bus and taxi services are available at Windermere station.

Where to stay

Accommodation at Brathay Hall, in Ambleside and the surrounding area.

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Getting to the event

Rothay Park, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9DH

Rothay Park is the event centre for the Ambleside 25K. It is set in beautiful scenery below Loughrigg Fell at the centre of the Lake District.

The event starts and finishes in Ambleside, a bustling market town providing everything a visitor could want from numerous shops for outdoor enthusiasts to local hospitality provided by many cafes, restaurants and bars.

Travelling by car

With easy access from the M6 (J36 from the South - 28 miles, J40 from the North - 29 miles) A591 to Ambleside.

Travelling by train

There are excellent rail connections to Windermere station (via Oxenholme on the West Coast mainline) which is only 5 miles from Brathay. Bus and taxi services are available at Windermere station.

Where to stay

Accommodation at Brathay Hall, in Ambleside and the surrounding area.

Download the Where To Stay PDF

Key Facts

2
Aid Stations

5
Footbridges

25
Km of trail running

790
Metres of ascent

Route

Starting from Rothay Park, the Ambleside 25K is a 25km loop of scenic Lake District trails. From the park, participants will make their way up and over Loughrigg towards Skelwith Bridge, Little Langdale and from there towards Elterwater. Continuing onward, the route makes its way to Chapel Stile and Great Langdale and after a short but punchy climb contours around Silver How. Runners then descend to Grasmere and follow the lakeshore path and Loughrigg Terrace back to Ambleside.

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Rothay Park

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The Ambleside 25K starts and finishes in Rothay Park, Ambleside. The park is overlooked by Todd Crag, giving participants a good view of the first ascent on the course.

The park sits betwen the River Rothay and the Ambleside Parish Centre and is easily accessible from Ambleside town centre.

Loughrigg Tarn

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After the first climb over Todd Crag the course skirts around Loughrigg Tarn. Runners will be nicely warmed up and enjoying the stunning views across to the Langdale Pikes and Coniston Fells.

Colwith Force

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Almost a third into the course the trail passes close to Colwith Force. A short detour of the route is rewarded by a beautiful waterfall hidden in the trees. It's now only a short run through the woods to refreshments at the first aid station.

Elterwater

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After passing through Little Langdale runners arrive at Elterwater, 11km into the course. The traditional village of Elterwater is named after the small lake half a mile to the south and is also home to the Britannia Inn – a cosy spot for supporters. From the village, the route heads to Chapel Stile on the way to the second aid station in the Langdale valley.

Silver How

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After leaving the second aid station, the route climbs steadily out of the Langdale valley to contour around the summit slopes of Silver How. The view across Grasmere to Rydal Water with the Fairfield fells as a backdrop will surely inspire runners to push on to the final 10 kilomotres.

Grasmere

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You're very much on the finishing leg at this point! From here, runners run down the south-west side of Rydal Water before turning on to the Under Loughrigg road and back towards Rothay Park.

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Enter now to get the best price. A £2 discount is available for runners who are members of UKA affiliated clubs.

Participants must be aged 18 or over on the day of the event to take part.

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Congratulations to everyone who has taken part in the Ambleside 25K. You can view the full results below.

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