In celebration of The Climbers Shop's 60th anniversary!

In 1959 Frank Davies opened the doors to the first outdoor equipment shop in Ambleside, he was told that it would never work. Fast forward 60 years and Brathay are very proud to help The Climbers Shop celebrate their Diamond Anniversary by bringing you the Ambleside Trail 60 event; a 60km trail run through some of the most spectacular scenery the Lake District has to offer.

Details of start and cut off times are available here.

Standard Entry: £65

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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 Hawkshead village 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 Hawkshead village and the surrounding area.

Download the Where To Stay PDF

Key Facts

1
Ultra marathon

60
Years of The Climbers Shop

470
Biggest ascent (metres)

2,120
Metres of ascent

Route

Starting from Rothay Park, the Ambleside Trail 60 is a 60km loop made up of some iconic Lake District running. From the park, participants will make their way up and over Loughrigg towards Skelwith Bridge, Tarn Hows and from there onwards towards Coniston. Before reaching Coniston, the route climbs above Coniston Coppermine and toward Lad Stones. Continuing onward, the route makes its way to Little Langdale and after a short but punchy climb reaches Blea Tarn. Runners then make their way up Stake Pass and then follow the Langstrath Beck before climbing back up Lining Crag, the biggest climb on the course. Runners descend into Grasmere and slowly wind their way back toward Ambleside.

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Rothay Park

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The Ambleside Trail 60 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.

Lad Stones

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The first of the three biggest climbs on the course starts on the edge of Coniston Village and ascends to Hole Rake on the flanks of Wetherlam. Much of this 335m climb overlooks the historic Coniston Coppermines in the valley below. The course then passes below Lad Stones before continuing northwards to a welcome break at the Blea Moss aid station.

Blea Tarn

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Shortly before the half way mark, runners pass Blea Tarn. With the right weather, the 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.

As runners reach the decent at the back of Blea Tarn they will have reached the half way mark.

Stake Pass

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The 300m climb from Mickleden to Stake Pass is the second significant ascent on the course. This follows the excellent path along Mickleden at the head of Great Langdale overlooked by Pike of Stickle and Gimmer Crag. On reaching Stake Pass the view north down Langstrath stretches to Borrowdale and Derwent Water. A long gentle descent follows to the next aid station at 41km.

Lining Crag

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After a welcome break at the Langstrath aid station the course takes a change in direction and heads south up Greenup Gill towards Greenup Edge. This is one of the least visited valleys in the Lake District with a real feeling of isolation and with a climb of 470m over 3km provides Ambleside Trail 60 with its biggest ascent. Greenup Edge at 610m is the high point on the course, so all downhill (well…mostly) to the final aid station at Turn House.

Grasmere

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After descending from Lining Crag runners will reach the final aid station and shortly after that, Grasmere. 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 follow the Coffin Route back to Ambleside 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 21 or over on the day of the event to take part.

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Introducing the Ambleside Trail 60

The Lakes newest trail ultra marathon

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