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10 in 10 Challenge rerun

16.7 mile trail near Cumbria, United Kingdom
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Rating: 5 out of 5 by EveryTrail members
Difficulty: Unknown
Length: 16.7 miles
Duration: Full day

Overview :  10 in 10 Challenge rerun is about 16.7 miles long and located near Cumbria, United Kingdom. The trail is great for walking and... more »

This was a rerun of the 10 in 10 challenge that was supposed to run in June 2012. But was cancelled due to the terrible weather conditions in the area at the time. The 10 in 10 is a charity walk held each year to raise donations for the MS charity.

This years route officially begins at the Swinside Inn and follows a circuit of 10 peaks starting with Causey Pike and the last peak being High spy. Officially you descend back to Swinside running parallel with Catbells not going over it.
The order of peaks are:

Causey Pike
Sail Fell
Eel Crag
Wandope
Whiteless Pike
Snockrigg
Robinson
Dale Head
Maiden Moor
High Spy

Our team, "Vertically Challenged" felt bad about accepting sponsorship money without doing the full challenge, so we decided to do it ourselves. The weather proved problematic along with scheduling the event around a date all of us could do it.

We completed the trip just under 10 hours. We could have done this quicker but  I suffered a stomach bug that slowed the team down on the ascent to Robinson. We had mixed fortunes with the weather. It set off overcast but the sun came out as we were ascending Snockrigg.

On the summit of Robinson thunder storms appeared all around us. Although we they never got on top of us the rain finally did when we reached the 10th peak - High spy.



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Tips: 

  • Very strenuous walk
  • Full day of walking
  • Take plenty of food and water - I used up nearly 4 litres of water
  • Pack clothing for all conditions
  • Not child friendly.
  • You could half the walk and finish at after Whiteless Pike and walk into Buttermere. Here there are buses running on the hour that can take you back to your car
  • Take SunScreen!
  • Snockrigg and Robinson ascents are steep - take your time
  • Lots of descents = Sore knees! If you have hiking sticks take them
  • Take a map of the area, weather can change quickly so plan escape routes back down
  • If you run out of water, there is a fast flowing stream you cross at the bottom of Dale head/ascending Maiden moor where you can refill your water bottle
  • Park near to where you are going to finish, otherwise you need to add more time to complete the walk (like we did!)
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