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  The Lakes 2500's                                                         Lakes

Red Pike, Wasdale, 2710' (copyright Ian Charters 2012)

'Studmarks on the Summits' by Bill Smith credits The Rucksack Club with the first walk across the 77 Lakes 2500's over the Whitsuntide holiday of 1968 a time of 58-20.  This was a route of some 105 miles and 43000' of climbing from their High Moss hut in the Duddon Valley to Low Hartsop. 'Studmarks' goes on to record two further traverses: firstly in 1975 with 61 2500' peaks in 42-19 from Kentmere to Dow Crag, Coniston (Ken Brooks, Pete Dawes and Jim Loxam) and then in 1976 a repeat of the 77 tops route of 1968 in 58-27 (John Richardson and Geoff Bell, The Rucksack Club).  The following decade, in 1984, Steve Parr (Clayton-le-Moors) completed the first round of the Lakes 2500's in 42-56 based on the Moot Hall, Keswick.  He took in all 57 Wainwrights 2500 footers plus 4 other tops in a run of 116 miles with 42,550' of climbing. See below for details of articles on some of these attempts.

The publication of 'The Mountains of England and Wales' by John and Anne Nuttall in 1990 provided what has become a widely accepted definitive reference to peaks over 2000'. According to their lists there are 72 peaks over 2500' in the Lake District. These are illustrated and scheduled on the map below under the fell areas corresponding with the Wainwright guides. As they define a separate hill by a drop of 50' or more it creates multiple tops notably on peaks such as Blencathra, Crinkle Crags and Shelter Crags which may have been excluded from previous outings.

In more recent times there have been other variations. In 1996 Joss Naylor completed a 60 peaks at 60 years in 36-50 across most of the Lakes 2500's. That was a 105 mile run of over 40,000' of ascent from Walna Scar, Duddon to Side Farm in Glenridding. In 2008 Paul Murray (Horwich RMI Harriers and The Rucksack Club) completed a 65 peaks at 65 years in 46-17. He traversed the 65 highest Nuttall summits in the Lakes in a run of around 93 miles with 36,000' of climbing. In 2007 John Fleetwood completed the first Nuttall round of the Lakes 2500's in 53-55. His route of 111 miles with over 45000' was based on Elterwater.


In 2020 following growing interest in the Lakes 2500's the FRA  adopted the 61 peak   version of 2500's as the benchmark for formally registering completions and record runs. It was named the Steve Parr Round in honour of Steve who created his round in 1984 but tragically disappeared in the Himalayas in 1990.  A separate gofar page is

dedicated to the Steve Parr Round - see link below.

Location Map                                                                          

The map below shows the location of the Nuttall Lakes 2500's completed by John Fleetwood.  Click on the grey buttons below to show a map and schedule of the summits for each fell area.


See John Fleetwood's blog for a schedule for the Nuttall Lakes 2500s - link below.

For a schedule for Steve Parr's 61 peak  round see 'Beyond the Bob Graham' article - see link below.


See Steve Parr Round page for formally registering the 61 peak  Lakes 2500's completions. Other versions can be shared on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!

Links and Further Information                                                 




UK Big 3 Rounds
Challenges by Region

Records & Logs


Route Index

Andy's  Southern Fells

Assynt Traverse
Bala Challenge

Bay Limestone Round

Bob  Baxter  Traverse
Bob Graham Round
Bowland Dozen
Bowland 1500’s
Broxap Round

Cairngorm Munros
Canary Islands 3 Peaks
Charlie Ramsay Round
Charnley Way

Cleveland Hills Challenge
Cuillin Round
Cumbrian Traverse
Dales Skyline
Dales Top Ten
Dales 2000’s

Dark Peak County Tops

Dark Peak 15 Trigs

Dartmoor Round

Denis Rankin Round

Dragon’s Tongue
Durham Hewitts

Etive Munros Round

Freeman Round

George Fischer Tea Round
Glen Lyon Corbett Round
Great North Inns Run
Harvey Howgill Tops

John Fleetwood Lakes 40

John Fleetwood Lakes Routes

John Fleetwood Scottish Routes

John Fleetwood Welsh Round

Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge

Knoydart 7
Lakes 24

Lakes 25@25
Lakes 2500’s

Lakes Sea to Summits

Llangollen Hills Run

Loch  Lomond  Round

Leventon’s Line
Meirionnydd Round
National & Yorkshire 3 Peaks
No Cure Always Hope
Over The Hill Round
Paddy Buckley Round

Peak Traverses & Rounds

Pikes of the Lakes

Rigby Round - Cairngorms

Run the Line - Dales

Ring of Fire - Galloway

Saddleworth 10 Trigs
Scottish 4000’s
Six County Tops - Peak
Snowdonia Skyline
Snowdon to Pumlumon

South Pennine 39 Trigs
South Wales Traverse

Steve Parr Round

Tan Hill to Kirkstone Pass Inn
Tranter’s Round

Tyndrum Round
Upper Calder 13 Trigs
Wainwright 7 Summits

Wainwrights 30@30

Wicklow  Round
Yorkshire Round
Yorkshire 2000’s


More Challenges

Links & Articles

Sub-ultras (under 50 km)


Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!



All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past four or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go, subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.




Please send details of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association. Email:

Please also refer to the guidelines and definitions in the FRA Handbook.


If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please email Tony Wimbush.:

Similarly, if you wish to submit any new (or old) routes for inclusion see the contact page for the information and format that is required:. 

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