Recent posts by davewise

The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, Keswick

­­ The Karrimor Great Trail Challenge was held on Sunday 17th June, 2012. Here’s a film and review of the event. This was the first ever Karrimor Great Trail Challenge, and I felt pretty chuffed to be part of it. I knew before I got there that it was going to be well organised. With the companies involved – Karrimor, Powerade and Aqua Pura – it wasn’t going to be anything else. And so it proved to be. Race packs were sent out in time, together with detailed how to get there/route details/general race day instructions….

The Brathay Windermere Marathon

The Brathay Windermere Marathon was held on Sunday 20th May, 2012. Here’s a film and review of the event. I was expecting to run this race in bad weather. It’s not that I’m a pessimist, it’s just that the Lake District has a reputation of being wet, really wet (all those lakes are there for a reason…). And indeed, chatting to other runners at the start line who’d done it before (there was a lot of them, this run seems to attract people to it again and again), they told of having run the…

The Wall, A Coast to Coast 70 mile Run

Here’s a look at this 2 day event, that crossed England via Hadrian’s Wall. Below is our review of the event, and a film. Trek and Run were supported during this race by Asics www.asics.co.uk The Quiet Site Campsite www.thequietsite.co.uk Maxifuel www.maxifuel.com Robens Tents www.robens.de Adidas www.adidas.co.uk Thermarest Sleeping Mats http://cascadedesigns.com/en/therm-a-rest Beyond The Beaten Track Pre Packed Food www.beyondthebeatentrack.com & Helly Hansen Clothing www.hellyhansen.com  First of all, here’s a film of the event, it’ll give you an idea of what to expect from the route. I’d taken part in this event in 2012 and loved it, so much…

The Coniston High Fells – 6km Walk & Wild Swim

This was a 6 hour walk, taking in wonderful high views and 2 places for decent wild swims. It would be a great walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead almost all the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map as the waymaking around this area is some of the worst I’ve seen, anywhere in the world, ever. You start the walk at Coniston Hall Campsite itself. The view below is of The Old Man of Coniston, as…

Aira Force – 6km Walk and Wild Swim

This walk will take in the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, plus the immediate areas worth seeing first surrounding it.  The whole area is owned by the National Trust and it’s a scenic wonder, and great for photography and wild swimming. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area), and its best to take that map I think. First, here’s a short film I made at Aira Force, to give you a taste of the surroundings. You start the walk at the free car park just…

By boat to Howtown & foot to Glenridding – 10km Walk

This is a lovely route, travelling north along Ullswater by steam boat, and back over the fells to Glenridding by foot. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L5 (The English Lakes, North Eastern Area) to guide me. The path is well trodden and easily found in most places, you probably don’t need the map, especially if you download the free route guides that you can find on the Ullswater Steamers website (details below). First, here’s a short film that I made during the steam boat ride and trek. Secondly, Ullswater Steamers, who operate the steam boats on…

River Esk and Muncaster Castle – 9km Walk Guide

This was a 4 hour walk around the village of Ravenglass. It would be a nice walk for those with dogs, they’ll be off the lead a great part of the way. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area), and its best to take that map, as the route isn’t always clear. You start the walk at Ravenglass Campsite itself. Walk along a footpath that leads into woods opposite the campsite for 5 minutes, to the village of Ravenglass itself and then along it’s small high street. At the end of the street…

Drigg Dunes and Beach – 11km Walk & Film

This is a walk along the Drigg Dune system, which is near Ravenglass, as wild a piece of dunes and beach as you’ll find in England I think. There are also opportunities for good sea swimming. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me to the start point, a car park near the sea, but once on the dunes and beach, there’s no need for a map. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning…

Steam Train to Eskdale & back – 12km Walk, Wild Swim & Film

This is a lovely route, travelling up into the Eskdale Valley from the coast by steam train, and back over the fells by foot. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, I think it would be very tough to find your way without it. First, here’s a short film that I made during the train ride and trek. I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club campsite where I was staying for a week and headed down the footpath to the village train…

The Mosedale Horseshoe – 17km Walk & Wild Swim

This is a circular route, and some would say one of the very best in the Lake District. I used the Ordnance Survey Map 0L6 (The English Lakes, South Western Area) to guide me, it only shows the start and finish points of the walk but once you’re up there, the route is very clear. First, here’s a short film that I made during the trek. I set off from the Ravenglass Camping and Caravanning Club campsite where I was staying for a week and drove to Wastwater, and the free car park at Overbeck…