It’s the Big Lakes Challenge! This is a unique three day event which includes The Big Challenge on Day 2. Canoe, cycle and trek through the staggering beauty of Keswick. The Big Lakes Challenge is not a race and is open to all abilities.

The challenge begins at Derwentwater, with a three mile canoe journey in two-person open canoes around St Herbert’s Island, before jumping onto bikes to begin the ascent up to Gatesgarth via the infamous Honister Pass. From here you will trek up Haystacks with qualified and experienced mountain leaders – the views from the summit of Haystacks are famed for their beauty. The final stage sees you back on the bike and cycling via Newlands Pass to the finish line.

You can book for a range of charities and our headline charity is Sobell House Hospice charity. Find out more: https://www.sobellhouse.org/active-for-sobell.html

Our gold partner for this event is Bike 4 Cancer – Head to their website for more details on joining the event for this brilliant charity https://www.bike4cancer.org/


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14th June 2019
16th June 2019
The Lake District
Trip duration:
3 days

Itinerary - 3 days

Day 1

You will make your way to Keswick and up to the hotel, located close to Derwentwater. Once you have checked in you will have the opportunity to have your bike fitted ahead of tomorrow’s challenge. This will be followed by a group welcome dinner and event briefing.

Day 2

After a hearty breakfast there will be another opportunity to get your bike fitted and to prepare your cycling/trekking clothes.

Stage 1 - Canoe You will start the challenge at the canoe centre. You will be put into pairs in open Canadian canoes so it is a team effort to get round St Herbert’s island and back to the canoe centre. The views here are AMAZING!

Approx. 3 miles/ 1.5 hours

Stage 2 - Bike

Once you have completed the canoe element of the challenge you will have a short moment to get changed into cycling gear and on to collect your bike. You will then cycle uphill from Lodore Falls to Gatesgarth via the infamous Honister Pass. There will be a chance to stop and admire the picturesque scenery while testing your stamina!

Approx. 8 miles

Stage 3 - Trek

Here you will have a chance to regroup and enjoy a packed lunch before changing into your trekking gear. From this point you’ll begin the 650m ascent up the rough trail to Haystacks. Once at the summit you’ll have a very short rest to admire the scenery – and just enough time to secure that all important selfie!

Approx. 3.5 hours and 7 miles

Stage 4 - Bike

This is the final push on bike as you pedal your way up Newlands Pass back and around Derwentwater back to the start point.

You will celebrate your incredible journey with your fellow triathletes over a celebration meal in the evening.

Approx. 13 miles

Day 3

After breakfast you’ll say goodbye to your new friends and make your onward journey home.


Will I have to swim?

No. The water element of this triathlon is completed in two-person canoes so you don’t have to worry about getting wet!

Do I need to be able to swim to take part in the canoe section?

No, but being confident in the water will be beneficial. You will be given life jackets and support crew will be on hand every step of the way.

Do I have to bring my own bike?

No. Hybrid bikes and helmets will be provided. If you would like to bring your own bike you are welcome to do so but we do recommend a hybrid bike due to the terrain/surfaces of the road.

Will accomodation and meals be provided?

Yes. 2 nights accommodation and an evening meal on Friday and Saturday night as well as a hearty breakfast on Saturday and Sunday morning will be provided. A packed lunch will be provided on Saturday after the first cycle section has been completed.

How fit do I need to be?

This event is challenging but achievable with some training. The cycle sections are fairly short in distance but do cross some hilly areas (sorry!). The trek is approx. 7 miles and includes 650m of accent.

Is transport to/from the hotel included?

No. You will need to make your own way to/from the hotel. There is ample car parking on site. The nearest train station is Penrith.

Will I have my own room?

Prices are based on shared twin rooms. Unless a single room is requested you will be sharing a room with someone of the same sex.

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If you like what you’ve seen so far and want to find out more, why not drop the Team an email at info@skylineevents.co.uk for more information? Or give us a call on 020 7424 5522