A stunning 50km trail race in the heart of the Lake District

Brathay are proud to partner with The Climbers Shop to bring you a 50km trail race through some of the most spectacular scenery the Lake District has to offer.

Starting from Rothay Park in Ambleside, the course runs up and over Loughrigg towards Skelwith Bridge then heads towards Coniston, Little Langdale and Grasmere before returning to Ambleside.

Early Bird Entry: £45

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Getting to the event

Rothay Park, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 9DH

Rothay Park is the event centre for the Ambleside Trail 60. 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 restaurants, cafes 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 Trail 60. 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 restaurants, cafes 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

1
Ultra marathon

50
KM of trail running

350
Biggest ascent (metres)

1,650
Metres of ascent

Route

Evolving from our previous Trail event, the Ambleside 50K is a exhilarating loop made up of some iconic Lake District running.

From the park, participants will make their way up and over Loughrigg towards Skelwith Bridge then heads towards Coniston, Little Langdale and Grasmere before returning to Ambleside.

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Rothay Park

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The Ambleside 50KM 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 between 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 3km with legs warmed up, runner will pass the secluded Loughrigg tarn underneath Loughrigg Fell. It's a beautiful spot and one of the favourites of our photographers.

Colwith Force

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After passing through the picturesque village of Skelwith Bridge, runners will enter thick woodland to meet Colwith Force, a lovely waterfall and cascades which are impressive in wet weather.

Grizedale Forest

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At 15km runner will enter into the beautiful Grizedale forest which lies to the east of Coniston Water and to the south of Hawkshead. A good trail will lead runners over steady hills past stunning tarns.

Blea Tarn

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A fantastic spot familiar to regular Brathay event runners. With the right weather, Blea tarn can be a great spot to admire the scenery before dropping down into the Langdale Valley. If you're unlucky however, and don't get such nice weather, the tarn can feel quite exposed and further add to the challenge of the event.

Grasmere

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Grasmere is the last major location that runners pass before arriving back at Ambleside. 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.

Enter now

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 21 or over on the day of the event to take part.

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