About the challenge
The beautiful hills and valleys of the Lake District - one of the best natural adventure playgrounds in the UK – sets the scene for our demanding multi-activity challenge. The route is designed to test your skills, stamina and mental strength as we set off through this fabulous scenery – by canoe, then bike and on foot around Haystacks, before returning to bikes once more to finish the route.
Whether you take part on your own or with friends, this long, tough day offers a great challenge – and the sense of achievement and camaraderie at the end will be unforgettable!
Dates & prices
|Departs||Days||Charity||Availability||Registration fee||Fundraising target||Payment option|
|05 May 2017||3||Open challenge||Spaces||£75||+||£550||Or||£275||Book now|
Great team spirit
Multi-Activity in the beautiful Lake District
Test your skills and stamina
Day 1: Arrive Lake District and meet the group
Day 2: Canoe, cycle, trek and cycle again to achieve your challenge!
Day 3: Depart feeling tired, achey but very proud of yourself.
What makes it tough?
Long day undertaking three strenuous activities
1-2 miles canoeing23 miles cycling including a steep climb up Honister Pass
Tackle Haystacks at 597m
Discover Adventure reserves the right to change the route or itinerary for safety reasons should local conditions dictate; in order to accommodate larger groups the itinerary, or parts of the itinerary, may also change.
The tour cost includes lunch and snacks; bikes and canoes (with all safety equipment and instruction), accommodation and full trip support of Discover Adventure leaders.
The tour cost does not include personal travel insurance (optional), cycle helmet (compulsory), extra food, drinks, souvenirs or personal items, or entry to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit. We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.
Accommodation & Food
Accommodation is in dorm-style rooms in a beautifully-situated independent hostel with great facilities. All food is included except where specified in the itinerary. The food is good and will give you plenty of energy! Please let us know any dietary requirements in advance.
Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.
Discover Adventure Crew
Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader. All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are.
The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group. At Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.
You should bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day.
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with radios and mobile phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires – is all done with your safety in mind.
Preparing for the challenge
The terrain on Haystacks is mainly stony with some loose rocks and stones, though there may be some grassy or muddy sections which could be slippery in wet conditions. Paths are generally very good. There are steep inclines both up and down. We cycle on good tarmac roads. The canoeing is in Canadian canoes on Derwentwater.
Full instruction and safety briefings will be given for all activities; no technical knowledge or previous experience is required.
The environment we pass through needs the respect of all its users to be preserved. Please walk and cycle on the path surface rather than on the vegetation growing beside it, don’t remove stones from the paths and don’t take short-cuts. Please follow the Countryside Code.
We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.
Average temperatures for Keswick:
April – September 5 – 20°C
The lakes and mountains that make up the Lake District National Park are stunning and beautiful on a good day, but this can give a false sense of security. The weather can change rapidly during the course of a day, and the mountains are very exposed. This can have an impact on your comfort and safety, especially if you are ill-equipped.
In bad weather keep close together as a group, and keep an eye on your surroundings. Mist, falling rain or snow and wind can confuse your sense of direction. If you are poorly dressed for bad weather, exposure can rapidly deplete your concentration and energy. Be well-equipped and keep a regular check on your location.
Clothing & Equipment
We are trekking through varied terrain and could be exposed to bad weather at any time. The information above gives you an idea of the climate, but be prepared for all weathers and temperatures. Weather conditions can change quickly in the UK! We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.
This event is designed to be challenging for those of good health and fitness, and is achievable for most people provided they train well in advance. We will supply you with a thorough training guide when you have registered. Training for the challenge is all part of the preparation and requires commitment! Without it, you will find the day less enjoyable – and we want you to have the time of your life!
Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.
We insist that you have had a tetanus injection in the last 10 years.
Worldwide Sustainable Tourism
Long before ‘Responsible Tourism’ became a recognised phrase, we designed and ran our trips to ensure they made minimum impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local communities we pass through.
Discover Adventure Projects
We are supporting a tree-planting project in Peru and a children’s home in Tanzania on a long-term basis. If you would like to ‘give something back’ please consider donating £5 to our projects when you sign up.
We encourage all our customers to offset emissions connected with their trip. You can offset at any time in the lead-up to departure by visiting Climate Care via our website and making a donation to a worthwhile project supported by them. Alternatively, if you wish to take more practical action in the UK you can volunteer for a day with The Conservation Volunteers and work on an environmental project local to you. Work may include construction footpaths, dry stone walling, creating wildlife habitats or planting trees in your community. Volunteer today at www.tcv.org.uk or call 01302 388883