Four Passes was originally put on by the warden of Borrowdale Youth Hostel and was run from there for many years. It fell into disuse before Bob took the route on and organised the challenge for the LDWA, but it is no longer on their calendar and we believe it is too good a route not to be used as an event.
It is an absolutely classic 19(ish) miles route taking in four of the Lake Districts most scenic valleys and their adjoining passes. It is a circular route which starts and finishes at Rosthwaite Village Hall in Borrowdale, at the southern end of Derwent Water.
The first pass takes you to Sty Head Tarn situated between the Scafell Massif and Great Gable before dropping to the beautiful but always dramatic Wasdale with Cumbria’s deepest lake. Onto the second which is Black Sail Pass & the third Scarth Gap, which happens to be the easiest ascent of the day & gives views of Haystacks, Wainwrights resting place to the right. The fourth and final pass is an old miners path and is probably the hardest of the day but you will take in an old miners building on your way to the top of Honisters Pass before returning down to the village hall.
The views all day are fantastic… but never forget to look behind for those sights are equally as stunning.
Entries cost £30 and include a full route description, timing, fully stocked checkpoints with a variety of food (you will be spoilt for choice), professional photographers, a hot meal at the end and a medal for all finishers. Start times are 8.30am for walkers and 9.30am for all runners and everyone must be finished by 5.30pm.
This event is held in September this year but among the Cumbrian Fells and they demand to be respected, all entrants must carry full body cover waterproof kit, basic first aid kit, emergency food, at least 500ml of fluid, map & compass (and know how to use them).
Local accommodation is available in nearby Youth Hostels, campsite or Bed & Breakfast. We have organised limited free parking in the nearby field which will be signposted on the day and there is also hardstanding car park next to the village hall which is free to members of the National Trust or approximately £7.50 per day or Scafell Hotel overflow car park for around £3-£4 per day.