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  The Wainwright 7 Summits Round                              Lakes              

Skiddaw Trig Pillar - at 931 metres the highest point in Wainwright's Northern Fells book
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Long distance walker Geoff Saunders devised a 60 miles at 60 celebration in 1995 by linking together the highest summit in each of Wainwright's seven Lakeland guides into a linear route.  It was first completed by Harry Barrow and Nigel Dean that year, followed by Geoff himself in 1996, but it presented some awkward logistical problems. These were overcome when, in 2008, John Fleetwood completed a circular version of the seven summits from Ambleside in a solo, unsupported training run for the Ultra-Trail of Mont Blanc. This was prompted by a suggestion on the FRA Forum by Andy Walmsley (Bowland Fellrunners) based on aroute which he had conceived in the 1990's.  John took just 17-34 to cover the round of some 65 miles and 19000'.  Not long after, in 2010, Tony Wimbush resurrected the "60 at 60" theme with a solo run with road support in 21-24.  

This is an informal challenge with no rules or time limits. It explores only the major peaks of the Lakes in a series of long ascents and descents to provide a refreshing contrast to more established challenges like the Bob Graham and Joss Naylor.  


The object is to visit the seven summits below starting and finishing at the Clock Tower in Ambleside (Grid Ref NY 377 045)


Click to view/print a 21-24 schedule.  This is in an Excel format so it can be customised to your chosen start time and used to record actual times.

See also John Fleetwood's blog for his schedule of 17-34 which also includes interim and cumulative distances and ascents - see link below. 


This is an informal challenge without registrations or time limits.  Why not share your experience 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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