Sunday, 15 October 2017


This time next week you will enjoying the Ullswater Way or Challenge!  Or you may have finished and be enjoying our post event tea, coffee, soup, cake. Don't worry, this is a small friendly challenge event and everyone is welcome, whatever your speed or ambition !

There are no formal cut-off times, and we will support anyone to finish as long as it is safe to do so, regards your health and welfare.  The evenings are drawing in so it maybe dark by 6:30pm.  Pack a head torch if you wish!

Start and Finish

Our event HQ is the village hall in Pooley Bridge - properly known as the Parkin Memorial Hall.  This is just by the mini-roundabout as you come in to the village from Tirril and Eamont Bridge. The postcode is CN10 2NL.

Unfortunately, there is no parking available at the Hall, but alternatives very close by and free shuttle buses from local pick up points - see below.

Registration and Start Times

Registration will be open from 7:30am.  Start times are from 8am through to 10am.
It will be a very simple registration, where you will be given a credit card sized number, route map and written route description.  You may start when you like within the time frame, with the slower walkers going early and the faster runners later.  Please, do adhere to this system as it really helps us provide a great day out for all and makes our marshall planning so much easier and less time consuming.

Safety Checkpoints

There will be a number of Safety checkpoints around the route, staffed by our event team. These will be obvious on your route and detailed on the route description.  Please make sure you check in at these points and the staff record your passage.

Food Checkpoints

Some of the Safety Checkpoints will double up as feed stations as well.  Our main Food checkpint will be the Helvellyn Base Camp in Glenridding, around halfway. Base Camp will have hot and cold drinks and simple snack food - both sweet and savoury.  We will also have cold drinks and food at our Sandwick, Dockray and Watermillock Checkpoints.  You can fill your water bottles at all the checkpoints but will need to take a mug in order to get hot drink.  (We will have some available at the start)

Kit, Clothing, Footwear

I'd rather not insist on a mandatory kit list as gear is a very personal choice and no one list suits all entrants.
Footwear - naturally this will range from skinny off-road running shoes to weatherproof boots.  If you haven't noticed the weather has been rather wet of late so some mud and soggy bits are inevitable. Plus the terrain is very varied underfoot.

Please do take a weatherproof jacket, and spare warm layer. Over trousers, hat a gloves, may well be useful,  together with some cash for additional on the hoof purchases. or the 'Ullswater Steamers' if you choose this as a return option, from Glenridding.  A mobile phone can be useful, although signal is poor in the valley except on the Vodafone network


Naturally, we will be able to transport you back to base by car, if you need to retire at any of our checkpoints, Our Safety Tech team will also be available at key points to deal with any minor emergencies and initiate more serious evacuations.  

Post Event

The finish is back at The Village Hall - far end of the village as you come into Pooley from the bridge, remember!
There will be copious amounts of tea, coffee, soup and cake at the finish and three pubs available for further food and drink should you need it.  There will be a souvenir mug for everyone - but no prizes or other 'bling' - that's simply not our style.


Parking is a headache for any event organiser, and I urge you not to bring cars into the village if at all possible.
We have no specific dedicated 'Event Parking' in Pooley Bridge, although very nearby there is some '£3 All Day' parking.  Space and availibilty depends upon this week's weather and reasonably dry ground conditions.

Other car parks in Pooley are LDNP controlled and will cost you different Pay-and-Display rates.
We have free parking at local village halls, and offer a free shuttle bus from these locations, as well as pick-ups form Penrith Railway station and town centre.  Free village hall parking is available at Dacre Village Hall - ideal if you are coming from Keswick and West on the A66 - and Askham village hall - ideal from the South, M6 via the A6.  Please do use this service - and  'Yes' we will take you back to your cars after the event!

Proposed Shuttle Bus Timetable -

  • 7:15 Askham
  • 7:30 Pooley Bridge
  • 7:45 Dacre
  • 8:00 Pooley Bridge
  • 8:30 Penrith Railway Station
  • 8:45 Askham
  • 9:00 Pooley Bridge
  • 9:15 Dacre
  • 9:30 Pooley Bridge
  • Postcodes Dacre Village hall c. CA11 0HL  Askham Village Hall c. CA10 2PG

In order to gauge demand please drop me an email with a 'Yes' and pick up point /time as soon as you can, and definitely before 8pm . Pickups available along either route are possible, say, Tirril or Yanwath, etc. Bus mobile number 07749364248

Please do make a concerted effort to car share and use our FREE shuttle bus and parking options.

Ok, I think that's about it for now - if you have any questions please check the facebook page or blogpost - before emailing me as it may well be an FAQ that some others need to see.

Many thanks,

and The NAV4 Adventure team / Friends of Ullswater Way

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Ullswater Way & Challenge 2017

All welcome ....

Sunday 22nd October 

Last year saw the inaugural event around the newly established Ullswater Way, with 180 people enjoy some, or all of the 24 mile route.  Everyone had a great time, although some found it a bit tougher than they imagined as not all of it is nice flat lakeside trails, as some of the media photos portray!  Suffice to say, those who choose to get a 'Steamer' back down the Lake were both wise and reward by great views of Ullswater.

2017 Tweaks

This year we are repeating the event, but with a few tweaks and a change of direction.

For 2017, we'll be going clockwise around the lake instead, so if you 'only did the first half .... and it was amazing' last year, now you can do the same again and do the other half, and it's a win-win!

We are also offering two options - Ullswater Way 20 or  Ullswater Challenge 24.  Both routes share the same route to Glenridding at around halfway, and then they split. The UW20 route stays low and uses the 'new NT' lakeside path to Aira Force Cafe. This is by far the easier option as it's flatter and very much parallel with the road and lakeshore.

The UC24 will head up to Greenside and over into Glencoyne, traversing on the higher level fell path to Dockray.   This includes the stunning views down the lake and as well as some 'technical single-track' that many will enjoy.  The UC24 route will continue over Gowbarrow summit, and join the UW20 route at The Old Shoot Lodge.

For an idea of the routes take a look at the excellent FoUW website, which gives you some general maps and information on the heritage and artworks.

The Ullswater Way signage

The start and finish will be in Pooley Bridge. You can start anytime between 8am and 10am, so no mass start, 'elbows out' or traffic worrying malarkey.

The exact start arrangements will be confirmed in the next few weeks as I'm awaiting confirmation as to useage of the Memorial Hall and/or maybe the Sun Inn, as last year, but it will be somewhere in the village.  All will be confirmed in due course, plus you'll get 'Final Details' by email via the entries system of course.  Entries are already open and places are limited, so please don't miss out. If you are undecided on which route is for you, don't worry as you can 'edit your entry' at a later date and change from one to the other.  We will also allow you to do this at the Glenridding CP during the event if needed.

The Ullswater Way route is waymarked with the UW 'roundel' shown above.  We'll be adding a few small orange NAV4 arrows and a few safety tech staff at key points, but it is an easy route to follow. We'll give out carefully written route notes (large text and accurate) and have commissioned a special
UW&C map.  No-one should fear getting lost!

Is it a race?
No, not really, but more of a time trial for those whom speed and time matters.

We take our responsibilities seriously,  so naturally we will time you out and back in again, so everyone will have a 'finisher's time'. And we'll be accounting for you at the various Checkpoints around the routes. Everyone is welcome, walkers, runners, ramblers, as long as you are all tolerant of each other and aim to have a good day out.

Not really typical - UW24 will be going Up this time!

 All we ask is that those who are slowest and want and need more go early soon after 8am, whilst the speedy runners go much later around 10am.

Why? We'll it is logical and spreads everyone out.  It also makes it all a lot easier for us to manage as the finishing 'window' isn't so long, and generally open shorter hours. This means a lot for the volunteers helping you all day.

Our Ethos

We keep things simple, clean and green.  Don't expect unnecessary 'bling, music or a fanfare at the start or finish.  Do expect a great day out, plenty of fun, banter, brews, cake and  ....  

There will be shuttle bus with pick ups from local villages and venues, including Penrith Station and town centre.  We are hoping to resource free parking in Penrith with shuttle bus service to the start.
There will also be secure bike parking at the event venue - ride a few miles from home or your B&B?

Heading to Howtown from The Cockpit ...

Checkpoints are likely to be at Howtown, Side Farm / Patterdale, Glenridding, Dockray and Aira Force, Watermillock or Bennetthead.  Each will supply a minimum of cold drinks, plus some hot drinks and tasty nibbles.    You'll be able to fill your water bottles at each checkpoint and we'll be providing you with special souvenir mug at registration for you to use on route.

A year or so on, the basic route is now well established and the Friends of Ullswater Way, have done a remarkable job of installing eight art structures around the route, with more planned.  We will be donating some money to continue the work and to help with general footpath maintenance, but you can also add optional donations to Fix-the-Fells and National Trust that you can 'tick' when signing up.

Ok, I think that's just about it for now; I'll write updates as and when, and 'Final Details' will be sent to all participants a week before the event.  Check out our facebook event page to share FAQ's, comments, offer lifts or accommodation or whatever.  This is a low-key, community led event so please get involved.

Want to help out?

We do need so volunteers to make the day work smoothly.  Helping at a checkpoint is an excellent way to put something back in to the event. Or, perhaps you can help before with offering a checkpoint venue, minibus or ...whatever.  

If you can please get in touch with me, Joe via email -

Many thanks,

Friday, 19 May 2017

DBR - Why?

Dragons Back Race - Again! Why?

This has been the 'FAQ' that I've been asked frequently over the past few months.  Even today, someone expressed surprise that I was running not working. Perhaps it's because I'm behind the scenes at many races rather than 'racing', or just my increasing bulk and decreasing speed.

It got increasingly worrying when my sanity appear to be in question, and I spent the winter months thinking hard trying to find a good reason not to take part.  I certainly don't want to be the 'fat old git' at the back, arriving late each evening.  But I can cope being the slightly fat chap finishing in the middle of the pack. .

There is a bit of a song and dance about me doing a fourth DBR in twenty five years, but I don't see it as a big deal.  I'm just lucky that I was around in 1992 (just coming into my fell racing prime, actually) and I'm still active now ...and can get fired up for the right occasion.

Last time, in DBR 2015, someone put a camera in front of me as I trundled South on Day Three.
Q: 'What keeps you motivated?' they asked.  My immediate thought was 'wtf' that's a bit of a stupid question and I struggled for a reply.  'er..don't know really..? Somewhere on Youtube there is 27 secs of riveting video.

I trundled on. To be fair, I didn't realise they were filming and I was just in my own enjoyable space and have trouble wasting energy on smiling.

A: But, it is just about keeping moving, and enjoying it.  Walking and running down Wales for five days - what's not to like?  No laptop, no work commitments, no Wifi - no phone signal.  It's not a joke or cliche, I'm looking forward to a holiday.

Q: 'But surely it's a bus men's holiday for you?
A:  Maybe. I'm happy to muck in and help with the event team and I'm not tolerant of prima donnas who expect everything done for them, but first and foremost I going to enjoy some 'TFM' and the j-o-u-r-n-e-y! Eek.

I've also been fortunate to spend some quality hill-time out with fellow Dragoneers recently.  It's been a pleasure and honour to offer my own advice and support to them but it's two-way street and I've reaped support from them, too.  I'm looking forward to spending some quiet time with a few friends, both old and new. but equally so I'm fearful of the hype and egos.

So ,,,,no reason not to do it again - I'm not as old as Facebook thinks I am - and twenty-five years is now't.  I know of two people who are have done events for 30+ years or more, year in year out.  A few years ago, I went to a lecture by a guy who had done every London Marathons. He'd done like 28 at the time, and he was the youngest to do so, so clearly had his sights set on being the 'last man standing'.  Generally people were in awe, but I remember asking him, 'Have you ever thought about choosing NOT to do it?'  The question led to a uneasy pause in the room.

This 4/4 DBR is nothing special.

Steve Redgrave's five consecutive Gold medals is special Katherine Grainger's Olympic record special too.  Casper and Katie's joint BGR is special, and in a DBR context Helene's fourth place in 2012, twenty years on from winning was very impressive along with Jim Mann's run that year.

Q: What changes have you seen over the years?

Not a lot really,  The distance and terrain is much the same.  There are good mountain running performances from well prepared mountain runners. A growth in the event infrastructure, of course. Sadly, in recent years, a greater proportion of people getting out of their depth ... and some high expectations from a demanding race community and media.

A Personal Potted History

1992 - Fit, Young and Ambitious.
Quietly confident but enjoying racing just behind my role models, heroes and leading runners of the day. Sadly, my partner Steve Dubie put his foot down a rabbit hole on the last afternoon and so we lost several hours as he hobbled with severe cruciate ligament damage.  We missed the Saturday morning presentation as we sat in A&E in Cardiff, I remember driving home to Cumbria, non-stop, with a bit of a sulk on.

2102 - Very Fit, Not-so-Young, Tired.
But a bit tired and battered from a week's AR Exped race the week before. Shane's extra special Day One was tough, we dug deep, I nursed my battered body efficiently to the finish,  Overjoyed, yet a little jealous of Helene's 4th place performance, it was an evening of very mixed emotions as we waited for Wendy Dodds to finish late in the evening.   And all a bit of a head mash, as I'd got some tragic news as phoned home, just after the finish line.   A week later another tragedy.

2015 -  Fit Enough, Getting Older and Wiser. Try Again.  
So, this is the last time? Let's get it right and finish on a high, please.  Finished strongly, enjoyed all but five minutes, but perhaps under-achieved. Bugger...!

2017 - Not Dead Yet - let's have fun.

2019 - enough to take part, or working on the event side which is harder?

Have fun, everyone.


Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Ullswater Way Challenge - Sun 23rd October 2016

The idea of a path all the way around Ullswater was mooted many years ago. Indeed, some of us used to run it regularly but until recently there were some gaps in the paths and trails, which pushed you onto the tarmac, and it was unsuitable for more than doing with a small group of friends.

One of the 'good news' stories coming in the aftermath of Storm Desmond was the launch of the Ullswater Way, by the Lake District National Park and various Ullswater associates.  Having lived and worked primarily in the valley since the mid-80's it's quite amazing how 'The Way' has evolved and I'm now able to organise an event around The Lake.

More recently I have become a member of The Friends of The Ullswater Way, a group dedicated to celebrating the culture and heritage of the valley by commissioning a number of installations around The Ullswater Way.  So, if you want to enjoy and walk or steady run around Ullswater with like minded people, this is the day to do it.  

This event would not be happening without the support of LDNP, and The Friends of The Ullswater Way, and you can make an optional donation to Fix-the-Fells and 'The Friends' if you so wish. We will pass on your donation for you.

Route and Logistics

'Ullswater Way Challenge' is a new 24 mile event starting from Pooley Bridge and going anti-clockwise around the Lake.  Start anytime you wish between 8:00am and 10:00am; giving slower walkers and early start and with faster runners later on. Our route is a few miles longer than the normal Ullswater Way, but the extra three miles will be well worth it.

From Pooley Bridge, you'll climb steadily up to Maiden Castle, then on through Bennethead to Watermillock and Gowbarrow Fell. The route will use the high level route over Gowbarrow summit, then descend down to High Cascades Bridge, up stream from Aira Force.

Aftera check point at High Cascades car park you'll stay high and traverse around the head of Glencoyne Park, to Greenside and down to Glenridding.  There is a chance to bail out here and enjoy cruise back to Pooley Bridge on a 'Steamer', or to continue through to Patterdale, and along the lakeside path to Sandwick, Howton and the finish at Pooley Bridge.

We will not be using the new 'NT-path' from Aira Force car park to Glenridding as it is not suitable for our purposes, being narrow, busy and with a dangerous road section.   We are grateful to the National Trust for allowing access over Gowbarrow summit.

Nature of the Terrain   

The route is on a variety of paths and trails. It is way-marked using the Ullswater Way symbol and you will be given a simple written route description. No map reading skills are required.  Please note that the path from High Cascades to Greenside does go high and can be exposed in poor weather.  

The high level section around Glencoyne is not marked by these signs but will be signed and staffed.

However, it is a distinctive path and our professional event staff will be monitoring and safe-guarding your progress.  

Food and Drink 

We will have a number of checkpoints with cold drinks and 'nibbles' (maybe hot drinks as well)   We'll be confirming checkpoints locations and facilities in due course; some details and permissions are yet to be confirmed.

You'll also pass through Glenridding which has a selection of cafes and shops for ice cream and other essentials! And be rewarded with tea and cake at the end.

We are just awaiting conformation of our start, finish, HQ which will affect what refreshments we can offer

Equipment and Safety

The route is walkable by most competent and experienced walkers and runners.  However, there is a surprising about of up and down and some rough paths, so please don't expect manicured 'lakes-side-way' gravel trails!  

You'll need to wear and carry some basic gear - waterproof jacket, spare fleece, water bottle and snacks, etc. Again, we'll up date you on this is due course.

Parking - Public Transport - Spectators

One of my aims is to limit the amount of cars this event brings into the valley. Fortunately, Pooley Bridge is close to the M6 and Penrith, with it's mainline railway station. I'll be posting details of buses from Penrith and Rheged soon, and offering a shuttle if necessary.

Ullswater has it's 'Steamers' which service Pooley, Howton, Glenridding and Aira Force, so if you want a shorter day, then these and the public bus, plus our own shuttle bus will result in less car traffic.

Our actual start / finish / parking arrangements are yet to be confirmed, but suffice to say they will be in Pooley Bridge.

Naturally, you may have family and friends who wish to see you during your challenge and whilst we want them to enjoy their day, and visit Aira Force and Glenridding for example, please ask them not to meet at any road crossings as cars and spectators will cause congestion and will be dangerous.   

Want to Volunteer

We need several volunteers to help organise this event.  There are various tasks, start and finish admin, roadside checkpoints, tea-pot managers, roving footpath event staff, even a Wainwright hill-top to look after.  If you want to volunteer please email me with your preferred role and availability.
Thank You.

Afterward Party?

Well 'party' isn't really our style but Pooley Bridge offers a good range of pubs.  We have a reputation for tea & cake ...details to be confirmed.

Entries Open - Wednesday 3rd August - via sientries 

More Updates here, and via our facebook event page soon

Friday, 1 April 2016

Lake Mountain 42 - 3D

The Lakes in 3D - Deviant Desmond's Diversion

With our Lakes Mountain 42 fast approaching and so you can look forward to striking Spring trails taking in the summits of High Street and Helvellyn.   The route is a glorious mix of fast mountain paths but with a big dollop of ascent that tests the very best of ultra mountain runners and walkers.

Sadly, Storm Desmond continues to assert is destructive powers and so it has been necessary to arrange a wee diversion around the Wythburn checkpoint.  This is near where parts of the A591 just north of Dunmail Raise.  This is somewhat ironic as whilst there is a somewhat contrived route through on the 'upgraded' Right of Way, the access issues to and from the car park make it unfeasible.  The final straw is the closed permissive paths, which are patrolled by jobs-worthy security guards, hence, I have decided to give the whole area a miss. I'm not normally shy of access issues but all things considered this is the right thing to do in these circumstances.

Grisedale Tarn to Helvellyn Summit

The 'good news'; is that it will shorten our route by two or three miles and save around 400 metres descent and re-ascent.  
The bad news is that you will lose a roadside drinks station.

Core Event Details

Registration / HQ 

Askham Village Hall - (512 236) registration between 7pm and 10:30pm on Friday, or 5:15 and 5:45am on Saturday.

Start - Mass start at 6:00am, briefing in the small hall at 5:50am. 

Parking - please park very neatly and tightly at Askham village hall - plenty of space if you use it all including the grassed area at the rear of the car park. Early arrivals please set this off well.  Campervans - be discreet


CP1 - Loadpot Hill - 457 181
CP2 - High Street - 440 110
CP3 - Angle Tarn - 417 144
CP4 - Side Farm, Patterdale - 398 162
CP5 - Grisedale Tarn - 351 122
*(CP5A - TBC - Whiteside - depending upon weather / snow on ground)
CP6 - Helvellyn Summit - 341 151
CP7 - Side Farm, Patterdale - 398 162
CP8 - Place Fell - 405 169
CP9 - Martindale Church - 435 192
Finish - Askham Village Hall - 512 236.
* Weather and underfoot snow conditions will determine whether you can descend Swirral;s Edge safely or have to go via Whiteside Zig-Zags... c.347 169

MMandatory Kit 

  • Waterproof jacket and overtrousers
  • Spare mid-layer micro fleece
  • Hat and gloves
  • Map - your choice but most be weather proofed 'paper' map - not GPS. 
  • Headtorch - you may well be out in the dark.
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Survival BAG - not a blanket.
  • Water bottle or Mug - you won't get a drink at our checkpoints without one.
  • Remember this is a Winter / Spring event going over the high tops of the Lake District fells - don't skimp on gear! 

Loadpot and High Street will be staffed but will not have drinks as they are fell tops.
Angle Tarn is unstaffed - CP is a control punch at the boulder on the 'Isthmus' - Google it!
Side Farm, Patterdale - will be staffed with hot and cold drinks and 'nibbles'.  Note that the Tea Room will probably be open to the general public so our checkpoint will be a vehicle and table in the farmyard, and may not be inside.
Grisedale Tarn - Small tent by tarn outlet - staffed but no big buffet!
Helvellyn (and Whiteside?) - Unstaffed CP - control punch on Helvellyn Trig Point.
Side Farm, Patterdale - as above
Place Fell -  Unstaffed CP - control punch on Trig Point
Martindale Church - Unstaffed CP - control punch by roadside gate at church. - Staffed by sweep team later..
Finish - via the back door into the small hall at Askham.
*'nibbles' means our unique selection of NAV4 food, which is primarily savoury bites.  No gels or energy drinks here...sorry.  Food is healthy and hot drinks plentiful if you need them.

Cut-off Times
There are no formal 'cut-off' times on this event but we do expect you to finish for 'last orders' at the pub, so hopefully ...10pm, please?  

We strongly believe in 'Go Steady, Go Strong ... Go Long!'  and will continue to support anyone who is moving adequately in the later stages of the event and  Please consider short routing from Patterdale CP4 if you are 'having a bad day' and returning over Place Fell under your own steam. Our CP staff will advise you appropriately.

Finish Food Fun
Copious amounts of tea, coffee, squash, soup, cake and more cake.   Sadly the Queens Head pub right next door is closed but The Punch Bowl Inn at the bottom of the village is open and so is the 'official' LM42 pub.

Accommodation is plentiful in and around Askham - floor space in the village hall is bookable via your sientries log-in for Friday and Saturday nights.  Breakfast of porridge, toast and drinks of course free to all 'campers' - just sign up at registration.

Lift Share /  FAQs

Please us the NAV4 facebook page to offer or find lifts or post FAQs 
I'll be in touch again just before with an update on snow and weather conditions.           

Thank you - Joe

Thursday, 31 March 2016

'DaffyRun' a Blooming Success

Thank you everyone, and I mean everyone; walkers runners, families, the villagers at Pooley, the Hall committee, Sun Inn, Parish Council and Ullswater Association. You all contributed to a great fun event in some fine Spring weather.

 A new event is always a strange and exciting project and in the aftermath of Storm Desmond a bit of a gamble but everyone was buzzing about the route and the nature of our 'walkers and runners' event, especially the family ticket which allows children to run / walk with their parents.

Tom briefs the 'Mass' Start; many had chosen to set off earlier

With an original 50/50 split between the 'walkers and slower runners' start window (9-10:30) and the mass 'race'start at 11:00 there was something for everyone regardless of speed or ambition.

Spot The Daffs?

The original idea was simply a 'Run From Pooley' to support the community and businesses in wake of Storm Desmond and the destruction of the 251 year old Pooley Bridge. The Ullswater Association were eager to support the 'run' as part of their Daffodil Festival, annual event in the Ullswater valley. Hence, the Daffodil Run and Walk was planted and bloomed into a great fun day out for all.

Ironically, Pooley New-Bridge opened the very next day

The route is simple: an out-and-back route from Pooley to Hallin Fell and back, which is a total distance of about twelve miles. It is a mixture of good wide trails, easy to follow paths and the short steep ascent onto Hallin Fell, to the magnificent view point over the whole of the lake, Helvellyn and the Ullswater valley.    

The 'Daffy-Run' is very easy to follow and adequately signed, and it is also possible to turn around any one of three or four of our staffed safety checkpoints for those who don't want to do the full distance. Our highly experienced (and entertaining!) NAV4 Adventure event staff had a great day and took some great photos out on the route.  
Thank you to Pyro for the photo - more on the NAV4 Adventure facebook page

Did Someone Say Cake!

Free 'brews' and cake to everyone ...then beer and food in Pooley!
Back at base I just about managed to keep on top of the finish and results admin, and serve up tea, coffee and copious amounts of infamous cake to the rapidly returning finishers who caught me slightly unprepared.  Some very impressive times were recorded  .... but overall people seemed more intent on fun and cake then race splits and prizes.

Bigger Growth in Spring 2017

We like to start our events small and nurture them into something special, and never forget that fun for everyone and sustainability is very important. After such a great day, and listening to the very encouraging feedback from all sides  I'm pleased to announce that  The Daffodil Run and Walk, will be back next year on Saturday 18th March 2017.  Details and entries to follow soon.

Ok, we (I ) will be a little more organised ....but the cakes will be even better!
Thank You, 


Friday, 12 February 2016

Daffodil Run and Walk Sat 19th March

The Daffodil Run, or walk is a new event from Pooley Bridge on Sat 19th.

Entries are open now for individuals and families....for both 'walkers' and 'runners' starts.

The primary aim is to remind people how beautiful Pooley Bridge and Ullswater is, and how it has suffered following the loss of it's famous bridge.  Come and enjoy and good run or walk, see the new bridge under construction and support the pubs and shops of Pooley Bridge.  The event has the support of the Parish Council, The Daffodil Festival and the Ullswater Association.

Hallin Fell is the small dark fell in the centre of the photo....
In Brief:
  • The route runs from Pooley Bridge to Hallin Fell, via The Cockpit and Martindale Church, and then back the same way. It is easy to follow.
  • The route is a mixture of good trails, and paths, some wet under foot, a little bit of tarmac lane and the open slopes of Hallin Fell, but still on a reasonably good path.  The route returns exactly the same way.
  • The route will be simply sign-posted, with event marshals at key points, but is very easy to follow. It will be very easy to 'navigate' - no special skills needed. There will be two drinks stations that you will pass twice each.
  • This is an event for everyone, whatever your speed or competitive edge.
  • The event is open to all abilities, with walkers setting off between 9:00 and 10:30am, then runners at 11.00am. 
Heading from The Cockpit towards Howtown

  • You can run the full distance (12 miles) in the main start at 11:00am, or set off earlier and do a shorter distance turning around at one of three manned safety points.
  • The entry fee is £20 per person, for runners and walkers.
  • A Family ticket of £30 for an adult and up to three children is available for the 'walkers' start. Or, two adults and two children if both parents which to walk / slow run.  
  • Runners aged 14-18 can run in the Runners start if accompanied by an adult.
Free tea, coffee and cold drinks and a tray bake will be available in the Village Hall post walk / run to all participants. And of course, there are pubs and cafes in Pooley for post race refuelling.

The Parish and Ullswater Association support the 'Daffy Run'

More details will be added very soon, but you can enter now via

I'll be adding to this blog, with more photos and details over the coming week or so. We welcome offers of help from anyone who wishes to get involved, whether with race entries in the hall, out on the route, or helping at the finish....

Our Daffodil Run facebook page will also contain more information and advice.

Meanwhile, please contact me if you wish to help or have any concerns about the event.

Many thanks - Joe Faulkner

01768 864 909 (Stainton) 07749 364 249 email -