THE 26 LAKES, MERES and WATERS CHALLENGE
The route involves visiting all the 26 Lake, Meres and Waters (excluding Kentmere Reservoir), as shown on the 1958 (revised 1960) edition of the one inch Ordnance Survey Map of the English Lake District.
The challenge was devised and first run in the early eighties by two friends, Peter Schofield and Leo Pollard. They were followed by Alan Heaton of Clayton Le Moors Harriers and by Joss Naylor, both again in the early eighties. More recently, thirty years after the original attempt, Dave Makin and Andy Pooler, two members of the Achille Ratti Climbing Club, completed what was only the fifth circuit of this classic Lakeland route. In July 2012 members of the Achille Ratti Climbing Club completed the route as a relay to celebrate the passing of more than 30 years since the original run.
Further information for those who wish to attempt the challenge can be found in the fell running section of this website.
Successful completions of the Lakes Meres and Waters:
|Leo Pollard||13/14th June 1981||35 hrs 29 mins||Click for photographs|
|Peter Schofield||19th June 1981||44 hrs 38 mins||A complete round starting and finishing at Embledon|
|Alan Heaton||31st July/1st August 1982||25 hrs 17 mins||Article from dec 1982 Fell Runner magazine|
|Joss Naylor||25th June 1983||19 hrs 15 mins||Included Kentmere Reservoir|
|Dave Makin, Andy Pooler||11/12th July 2011||35hrs 04 mins||Joint attempt. click here for schedule|
|Tony Marlow||22/23rd June 2019||34hrs 53 mins|