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:
NameDateTimeNotes
Leo Pollard13/14th June 198135 hrs  29 mins
Peter Schofield44 hrs  38 minsA complete round starting and finishing at Embledon
Alan Heaton25 hrs  17 mins
Joss Naylor25th June 198319 hrs  15 minsIncluded Kentmere Reservoir
Dave Makin, Andy Pooler11/12th July 201135hrs   04 minsJoint attempt. click here for schedule