First of all, anyone who completes our Tea Round during October, November and December will get a free finishers pack which includes a special map and a pair of phD Smartwool socks. The map was drawn by talented local artist Chris Brewer.
If that wasn't enough, during the month of October, you also have a chance to win a Smartwool baselayer by tagging in @smartwool_europe for Instagram and @smartwooleurope on Facebook #Socktober19 in all our your Tea Round Posts!
A short run out to Portinscale village before heading up and over the top of Catbells, down in to Little Town in the Newlands Valley - Past Newlands Church and up the grassy banks of Robinson - Descending Robinson before running around shores of Buttermere - A steep climb up to High Stile and back down to Buttermere via Red Pike and Bleaberry Tarn - A long slog out of Buttermere up Whiteless Pike - Then head over to Crag Hill - Traverse along and then up Grisedale Pike, before doubling back to reduce the climb up Hopegill Head - Back towards Crag Hill From Hopegill Head, and up Eel Crag - Across to sail and Scar crags - Descend Causey Pike onto Rowling End - Drop down into Stoneycroft Ghyll before popping up the last fell of the day, Barrow - It's then back to Keswick and touch the doors of George Fisher.
The tops you need to ‘touch’ are.. Catbells, Robinson, High Stile, Grisedale Pike, Hopegill Head (AKA Hobgarton), Eel Crag, Sail, Causey Pike, Rowling End and Barrow 👍 You can go in reverse, you can do it over multiple days with overnight camps, the possibilities are endless!
OR if you don't have the time or energy for the Tea Round, check out our Espresso Round (Note: no leader board, badge or free drinks for this one just a fun few hours in the fells!) https://www.strava.com/routes/20677183
The route in all it's glory!
This run delivers so much; the quiet serenity of the empty felltops, the singular peace that comes with running distance alone, the heady feeling of topping out, time and again, pushing your limits, and each time rewarded by a new vista, rolling out into the infinity of a deep blue, empty sky... - Ben Thomas
Mark Burley and I managed to get round yesterday, glorious conditions if a touch wet underfoot - basically a swim at the bridge in Buttermere! We went anti-clockwise, superb first half and then a brutal couple of climbs up High Stile and Robinson for me (Mark is a proper runner and made it look depressingly easy, all the while navigating flawlessly!) Top day out, nice brew and a scone to finish too. - Billy Parkinson
Loved it! Breathtaking views, beautiful skies, including a pitstop in Buttermere (it is a tea room round after all?!) - Juliet Percival
The Northern Fells running club take the ATR on as a rely