Lakeland Four Passes


Four Passes is an absolutely classic 19(ish) mile route, with 5300ft of ascent taking in four of the Lake Districts most scenic valleys and their adjoining passes. 


It's a circular route, starting and finishing at Rosthwaite Village Hall in Borrowdale, at the southern end of Derwentwater.


The first pass takes you to Sty Head Tarn situated between the Scafell massif and Great Gable before dropping to the beautiful but always dramatic Wasdale with Cumbria's deepest lake. Onto the second which is the long grind up and the technical descent from Black Sail Pass. The third, Scarth Gap happens to be the easiest ascent of the day and gives views of  Haystacks, Wainwrights resting place to the right. Honister Pass is the fourth and final climb of the route. This old miners path is a real sting in the tail and is probably the toughest ascent of the day, but you'll be rewarded with stunning views back across Buttermere before you reach the top. The views all day are fantastic... but don't forget to take a breath and look behind for those sights are equally as stunning! Once over you'll descend past the slate mine and YHA before returning down to Rosthwaite Village Hall.


Entries include a full route description, timing, fully stocked checkpoints with a huge variety of food (you will be spoilt for choice), a proper cooked hot meal at the end and a medal for all finishers. A photographer will be in attendance throughout the event and their pictures will be shared free of charge after the event. 


Start times are 8.30am for walkers and 9.30am for all runners and everyone must be finished by 6.30pm. This event is self navigated, and we do not mark any of this route. It is an incredibly easy one to follow but some navigation and map reading skills are recommended.


This event is held in September among the Cumbrian Fells and they demand to be respected (just look at the photos from 2017). All entrants must carry: 

  • Full body cover waterproof clothing (jacket and trousers)
  • Map and compass (either on a phone are not acceptable)
  • Survival blanket and basic first aid kit
  • Whistle
  • Charged mobile phone
  • Portable cup
  • Emergency food
  • 500ml fluid

Random spot checks will be carried out and participants who fail to carry the required kit will not be allowed to participate. We may also update the compulsory kit dependanct on weather forecast.


We have organised limited free parking in the nearby field which will be signposted on the day and there is also hardstanding car park next to the village hall which is free to members of the National Trust or approximately £7.50 per day or Scafell Hotel overflow car park for around £5 per day.


There are multiple deadspots for mobile phone coverage on this route... including the start/finish. 

Lakeland Four Passes Route Description
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