Lakeland Four Passes

We are still working on the logistics of using a different venue for this years Four Passes but we're confident it will continue. We are working to confirm all additional requirements that the new location demands and identify additional costs these will incur before we can open it for registrations. We apologise for the delay & will keep you up to date with progress

Once live it will be held on:      Saturday 26th September 2020

Entry fee TBC

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 is a circular route which starts and finishes 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 Black Sail Pass & the third Scarth Gap, which happens to be the easiest ascent of the day & gives views of Haystacks, Wainwrights resting place to the right. Honisters Pass is the fourth and final climb of the route and this old miners path is probably the hardest of the day but you'll be rewarded with stunning views back across Buttermere before you reach the top. Once over you'll descent past the slate mine before returning down to the village hall.


The views all day are fantastic... but don't forget to take a breath and look behind for those sights are equally as stunning!


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 £3-£4 per day.


There are multiple deadspots for mobile phone coverage on this route... including the start/finish. For participant safety we are supported by Cumbria Raynet who provide radio communication across the route.

Lakeland Four Passes Route Description
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