Borrowdale Valley 10 Peaks Challenge

Walk some of the most iconic mountains in England, including the highest, Scafell Pike. 1 day. 0 days off work.

1 Day
United Kingdom
May, July, August

Sitting in the heart of the Lake District is the Borrowdale Valley, surrounded by some of the tallest mountains in England. On this challenging walk, you will aim to complete a high-level circuit taking in no less than 10 peaks, 5 of which are in the top 10 highest peaks in England.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1-day hiking
  • Local, certified guide

Perfect for:
Keen hikers looking to take on multiple peaks in one fell swoop, challenging themselves to five of the top ten peaks in England.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Transport to Borrowdale Valley
  • Food and drink
  • Accommodation before/after the challenge
  • Personal expenses

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

A reasonable level of fitness and previous hiking experience is required to be able to complete this challenge.

Want to try something less demanding? Check out the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.

Up for more of a challenge? Check out the Lakeland 10 Peaks Challenge.

The weather can be very changeable even in the summer months. It is all down to luck as to whether the day is dry with blue skies and sunshine or wet with sideways rain. You can expect average temperatures of 10 to 12 degrees in May and June.

No food will be included on this trip.

No kit will be provided for this trip.

  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof clothing (jacket and trousers)
  • Suitable walking clothes (no jeans)
  • Warm tops
  • Food and drink
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sun hat
  • Head torch (plus spare batteries)
  • Survival bag and whistle

Other recommendations are: - Walking poles - Camera - Mobile phone (please register your phone with ‘999’ to enable SMS messaging to the emergency services) - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)


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In 2017 the Lake District was made into a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area provides some of the most recognisable landscapes in the UK, drawing in millions of walkers, photographers, bird watchers, and break-seekers every year. Borrowdale lies within the historic boundaries of Cumberland. Now part of the National Park, the valley was once a hive of industrial activity with iron smelting, charcoal burning, and copper mining. Today farming struggles to make a living and visitors play an important role in sustaining the local community.

Start point?
You will meet at Seathwaite Farm at 06:45.

Finish point?
Your challenge will end at Seathwaite Farm at 18:45

Getting there and away?
Seathwaite Farm is accessible by road. It’s also a popular campsite; with an early start, you may wish to arrive the day before and stay the night here.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Day 1: The Borrowdale 10 Challenge

The group will meet at 06:45 in Seathwaite, Borrowdale Valley. You’ll begin by climbing the staircase along the Sourmilk Gill waterfall and continue the steep climb to your first peak – Base Brown (646m).

Now on grassier terrain, the summit of Green Gable (801m), Great Gable (899m), and Great End (910m) are a little easier. A steep rocky descent to Styhead Tarn marks the end of the first portion of the challenge before you continue on the Corridor Route, climbing towards England’s tallest peak, Scafell Pike (978m).

Five peaks down, you head across boulder fields to easily bag Broad Crag (934m) and Ill Crag (935m). Just two peaks remain now, Allen Crags (785m) and Seathwaite Fell (632m), and these are relatively easy compared to the earlier peaks.

A steep grassy descent will bring you down to a good path for the last 30-minutes to the finish line. You’ve done it.

12 hours hiking, 20km, 2000m ascent

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


While there is no accommodation included in this trip, you may wish to stay the night before at Seathwaite Farm, in preparation for your early start.

Seathwaite Farm is a popular camping site with pitches for tents, caravans, and motorhomes. There is toilet, hot shower, washing up, and drinking water facilities on site and dogs are welcome. Booking in advance is recommended.

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