Backpacking the Bob Graham round

The Bob Graham round is one of the toughest routes in the country, a clockwise loop of Lake District that takes in 42 of its highest summits, covering 66 miles and climbing 26,000ft in ascent (that is, almost the height of Everest from sea level). Traditionally started from the Moot Hall in Keswick, fell runners often attempt to complete the loop in under 24 hours.

The route lends itself nicely to backpacking over a number of days, and we can guide you on this unforgettable 4-5 day adventure. There is the option of staying in either hostels/B&Bs, camping at campsites, or wild camping. We can arrange accommodation for you, just let us know when you make a booking.

A good level of fitness is needed; even doing the route over 5 days is a challenge! Very fit people may wish to complete the route in 4 or even 3 days. Have a chat with us if you're not sure what option to go for and we'll help you decide. For a 5-day attempt, the route is normally as follows:

  • Day 1: Keswick to Threlkeld, taking in the summits of Skiddaw, Great Calva and Blencathra.
  • Day 2: Threlkeld to Dunmail Raise, along the Helvellyn range, Fairfield and Seat Sandal.
  • Day 3: Dunmail Raise to Wasdale. This is the longest and roughest underfoot, traversing the Langdale Pikes, Scafell Pike and Scafell.
  • Day 4: Wasdale to Honnister Pass, via Pillar, Kirkfell and Great Gable.
  • Day 5: Honnister Pass to Keswick. The final day over Dale Head, Hindscarth and Robinson is the shortest.

Prices

The price of backpacking the Bob Graham round varies on how long you take to do it and what accommodation options you go for, so get in touch for an exact quote.

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