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 26 Lake, Meres and Waters:

001Leo Pollard13/14th June 198135 hrs 29 minsClick for photographs
002Peter Schofield19th June 198144 hrs 38 minsA complete round starting and finishing at Embledon
003Alan Heaton 31st July/1st August 198225 hrs 17 minsArticle from dec 1982 Fell Runner magazine
004Joss Naylor25th June 198319 hrs 15 minsIncluded Kentmere Reservoir
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Dave Makin, Andy Pooler11/12th July 201135 hrs 04 minsJoint attempt. click here for schedule
Tony Marlow22/23rd June 201937 hrs 09 minsSchedule and times
008Nathaneal Ingram30th November 201932 hrs 43 minsFirst Winter Attempt
Photos Schedule and Times
009Amy Norfolk28th December 201942 hrs 59 minsFirst Lady. Second winter attempt. Schedule and Times