Longest and Highest

The ultimate mixed Lake District challenge

The ultimate mixed Lake District challenge - Canoe the length of Windermere the longest lake, before climbing Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England. You think you're tough enough?

Windermere is the longest natural lake in England at 11 miles long. Using open canoes, you'll paddle its entire length. Transferring to Langdale (with the option to cycle if you'd like to make things tougher), you tackle the highest peak in England, Scafell Pike.

Event Includes....

Photos & Videos

Qualified guides

Lunch, snacks & water

Safety vehicles

Safety briefing

First Aid provision

Basic bike mechanic support

Route map + GPX route files

Canoe equipment

Marshals and signage

Key Information

Event Base: Ambleside

Lake: Windermere

Cycle Route (optional): Langdale

Mountain: Scafell Pike

Time of Year: May - September

Start Event: 06:00

Cut off time: 21:00

Approx finish: 12-14 hours

Minimum Numbers: 8 Participants

Max Number: 30 Participants

Participants should be over 18 years.

Challenge Route


DISTANCE: 11 miles, DURATION: 3-4 hours

Windermere, at 11 miles long, 1 mile wide and 67m deep is nestled by the lower foothills of the outstanding beauty of the Lake District National Park. It is the largest natural lake in England. Starting at Park Foot in the south you'll canoe to its northern end finishing near Ambleside. The delight of this canoe route is that you'll enjoy the relative tranquility out on the water. There are plenty of sights to see from castles, islands, tranquil bays and wildlife.

Cycling (optional, but highly recommended!)

DISTANCE: 8 Miles, DURATION: 1 hour

If you want to increase the toughness of this challenge, opt to cycle from Ambleside to Langdale and the start of the mountain section of the event. It is an undulating route with a few short steep hills just to get the legs and heart pumping!


DISTANCE: 11 miles, DURATION: 6-8 hours

A big day out on your way to the summit of Scafell Pike among some of the very best of the Lake District scenary. Expect lofty views into some of the Lake District’s most famous valleys and impressive rock scenery as the team traverse England’s highest ridge to the summit of Scafell Pike standing at 978m.

The route is a more remote approach to the mountain and takes in some truly impressive sights. The rewards are glorious, on a clear day you get lofty views down into Langstrath, Borrowdale, Eskdale and Wasdale. It's that perfect combination of rock architecture, lofty positions and dramatic distant views and best of all because it's an out and back route you get to walk it twice!