Cicerone’s latest guide to 40 of the best trail, fell and skyrunning routes in the Lake District, was hot off the press last week – in time for longer, brighter days on the fells.
Although seasoned fell runners might prefer to create their own routes and challenges, this well illustrated book, with excellent Ordnance Survey maps and advice, is a good source of information, particularly for those new to the area or to the sport of fell running. Kingsley was motivated to write the guide in response to seeing many visiting runners on the same low fells. He wanted to encourage them to explore more of the National Park, help them to be sensitive to the upland environment, promote use of public transport and support the local economy.
In the words of one local enthusiast: “This book looks good, is nicely formatted and contains the information needed by runners. Someone has thought out what works well, which is useful when you want inspiration.”
There is a wide choice of trails, each graded according to the severity of the terrain. These include classic fell racing routes, such as the Borrowdale, Sailbeck, Langdale and Three Shires races; well-known peaks including the Helvellyn skyline and Scafell Pike direct; and a selection of lesser known circuits into areas barely frequented by tourists.
Each route has been carefully graded to indicate the style of running terrain, from wide trails, to single track, to suit experience and aspirations. In addition to the technical grade, distance, height gain/ loss, and timings are provided. 1:50,000-scale maps have been enlarged to 1:40,000 for and there are comprehensive introductions to the history of fell running, adapting running styles to the fells and safety. It’s worth running to your local bookshop for a copy!