Directions to Brathay Hall, the start and finish of the ASICS Windermere Marathon

Directions to Brathay Hall, LA22 0HP

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The most scenic UK marathon with stunning views of surrounding landscape

Voted the UK's most scenic marathon by readers of Runners World, it's bigger, better and as beautiful as ever. Finish this breathtakingly beautiful course, amidst a carnival atmosphere, in the grounds of Brathay Hall with its stunning views over England's largest lake. Take a look at the video to get a feel for the route.

Standard Entry: £43

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Directions to Brathay Hall, the start and finish of the ASICS Windermere Marathon

Directions to Brathay Hall, LA22 0HP

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Key Facts

Refreshment stations

Spectating sheep

Bananas eaten

Steps per runner


A 26.2 mile anti-clockwise circuit of Windermere, taking in Hawkshead, Newby Bridge, Bowness-on-Windermere and Ambleside along the way.

Over half the course is run on partially traffic-free roads or roads with a dedicated running lane.

It has outstanding local support and, to top it all, you get to see the inspirational men and women who will be completing the final marathon of their Brathay 10in10.

Wondering about your own route to Brathay? Take a look here.

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Brathay Hall

Brathay Windermere Marathon Open Day 1

Brathay Hall provides a stunning event centre for the Windermere Marathon. This Georgian country house overlooks the northern shore of Windermere with a backdrop of Lake District fells. Runners often tell us that the lawn at Brathay Hall, with stunning scenery all around, provides the most memorable marathon finish line experience anywhere. The grounds of Brathay Hall also provide the setting for Go Active at Brathay, with refreshments, activities and entertainment to keep spectators and visitors busy while the marathon takes place.

Hawkshead Village

Hawkshead Running Past Queens Head

Hawkshead is a truly historic and wonderfully picturesque village characterised by its cluster of whitewashed houses, archways and alleyways, courtyards and squares. The Windermere Marathon course passes through the pedestrianised centre of the village where spectators can support the runners while enjoying the hospitality of the village’s cafes, shops and pubs. Children from Hawkshead Esthwaite Primary School provide enthusiastic support for the Brathay 10in10, coming out to cheer the runners on as they pass the school.

Devil's Gallop

Runners And Bluebells

The Windermere Marathon has a reputation as one of the most challenging road marathons in the UK. Categorised by Runner’s World as ‘undulating’, the 26.2 mile course includes 1,400ft (430m) of ascent. This does of course mean that there is also 1,400ft of downhill running! Mile 7 sees runners experiencing the longest ascent of the course – known locally as ‘The Devil’s Gallop’. The section of the course involves a steady climb of 200ft over a half mile – with the welcome respite of a gentle downhill to follow.

Newby Bridge

Day One Run 82

Newby Bridge, while not quite half way, feels like a significant milestone on the Windermere Marathon course. This is where runners cross the River Leven as it flows out of Windermere, follow the A590 for a short distance, and then start the journey back up the east side of the lake. The Swan Hotel provides the ideal location for spectators to cheer runners past the river side terrace. And if they’re lucky, runners might also glimpse one of the steam trains on the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway.


The Glebe 1 Web

Bowness-on-Windermere is the Lake District’s most popular destination and is about halfway along the east shore of Windermere. It is a thriving tourist centre for much of the year, being the nearest accessible point on the lake from the railway station at Windermere. This is where runners will be carried along by the support of the crowds who come out to enjoy the atmosphere of the marathon set against the stunning scenery. There is a ferry just south of Bowness taking cars and foot passengers across the width of the lake to Sawrey and Hawkshead, giving spectators the opportunity support the race at Hawkshead and Bowness.

Low Wood Bay

Low Wood 2

Set on the A591 this lake front marina and hotel is 2 miles from Ambleside. At this point the runners emerge from a tree lined section of the course to be rewarded with views over the lake to the Langdale Pikes. More significantly, given that they will have been running for 24 miles, they will get a glimpse of the finish line across the lake and even hear the announcements at the event centre as the excitement builds.

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The ASICS Windermere Marathon is a celebration of running. Not just a race, but an occasion. It is a chance to run a challenging road marathon course around England's largest lake while enjoying the breathtaking views of the surrounding Lakeland fells and woodland.

Marathon Benefits

  • Fantastic running experience in the UK's most scenic marathon
  • Timing chip and results (including immediate SMS race position and time)
  • Well-organised with fantastic support around the course
  • Clearly signposted route with refreshment stations at approximately 3 mile intervals
  • Race goody bag
  • Finisher's medal and a trophy and prize for winners in all categories

Please take a moment to read the event terms and conditions before purchasing a ticket.



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