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Lake District Triathlon Weekend

Multi-Activity CHALLENGING
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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!

Lake District Triathlon Weekend

  • Arrive late afternoon at our hostel on the eastern shore of beautiful Derwentwater, near Keswick. After settling in, we share an evening meal together and get everything ready for the big day tomorrow. Night hostel.

  • After an introduction and briefing about the day’s events, we get acquainted with our canoes! After a safety briefing, we head out onto the open expanse of Derwentwater – which gives us a unique view of our surroundings and an idea of what lies ahead of us today! The conditions will dictate our goal on the water, but if conditions are good we’ll aim to paddle around St Herbert’s Island in the middle of the lake, named for an Anglo-Saxon priest who lived there for many years; parts of the hermitage are still visible.

    Returning our canoes to shore, we change into dry kit and prepare to start the first of our cycle sections. We ride alongside Derwentwater, heading towards the beautiful Borrowdale Valley and the tip of the lake. The fells rise up around us and the views are wonderful. Reaching the end of the valley at Seatoller our route climbs steeply up to Honister Pass, a very tough climb with a height gain of over 200m. Hopefully the views from the top will be a wonderful reward before we descend into the Buttermere valley; care needs to be taken on the steep descent. Towards the end of Buttermere we come to Gatesgarth, a small village lying at the foot of Haystacks – the trekking section of our challenge.

    At 597m, Haystacks is not one of the highest fells in the Lake District, but is popular largely because it was Wainwright’s favourite mountain walk. The curved crags visible from Gatesgarth give us a taster of the wonderful views awaiting us. The ascent is steep in places but we take it steady and it’s not too long before we reach the summit, with its small tarn, rocky outcrops and wonderful views across to some of the main peaks in the region. Descending again, we return to our bikes.

    Our second cycling section, which is slightly longer than our first stint, takes us along Buttermere. We then turn right into the Newlands valley and start the second of our big climbs, gaining 200m in height once more as we climb to the pass of Newlands Hause. The scenery through the Newlands valley is spectacular. After reaching the summit, a wonderful descent takes us back to Derwentwater, and we skirt round the northern tip of the lake and finally come back to our start point.

    Challenge completed, we celebrate the evening with a great BBQ, reliving the best (and worst!) bits with your fellow triathletes! Night hostel.

    Approx distances: 1-2 miles canoe, 23 miles cycle, 6 miles trek

  • Head home after breakfast, feeling tired, achey and very proud of yourself!

Prices may vary depending on date.

  • Available pricing options

    Fundraising Option
    Registration Fee £75 Fundraising target £550 Tour Cost - Airline Taxes - Book now
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    Registration Fee £75 Fundraising target - Tour Cost £275 Airline Taxes - Book now

    Pricing Explained

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    Payable on booking

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    Paid 10 weeks prior to trip departure

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    Payable 8 weeks prior to trip departure

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Detailed Information

  • 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.

  • Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders, assisted by mechanics and support crew depending on the type of trip. 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. The crew will have radios and/or phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary, as well as vehicle support.

  • Space is limited and hard-sided luggage is not recommended, so we suggest your kit is packed in a soft rucksack or expedition kitbag. Ask us about our specially-designed low-cost kitbags if you don’t have one already. You should bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day as you will not have access to your main luggage until the evening.

  • 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 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

  • We could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all conditions. 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.

  • 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.


Adam - November 2016

Great challenge organised well and satisfying to complete

Cycle Training Weekends

Cycle training weekend

£160 Special Offer - Only when you book at the same time as registering for your main challenge

Discover Adventure Cycle Training Weekends take place in and around the valleys and ridges of the chalk downs around Salisbury. They are designed to gauge your fitness so that you can be confident you are well prepared for the challenge ahead!


GRADE | tough (3)

This trip involves more rigorous days; weather, altitude or basic living conditions will add to the challenge. 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 challenge less enjoyable - and we want you to have the time of your life!
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