/ South Lakes fell running
Ideally local to Grasmere and also Windermere but can be a little further afield.
Just pick some good looking footpaths using a 1:25000 and set off. Explore and get to know the routes from running them. Then link them together.
The clue is in the name, just head up the fells on paths and run !
Try Fairfield Horeshoe from Rydal Hall, a classic and a nice introduction into things, from Gramsere you could go pretty much go North, East or West and find excellent running.
Well I know that :) done a few from Grasmere recently but never ran up Fairfield.
I was just after people's favs. The route I did up to Easedale and Blea Rigg the other day was mserable to say the least....in a bog basically to be precise ;)
I enjoyed a circuit of Langdale a few years ago, starting from Elterwater. It is in an out of publication guide Challenging Walks, Sigma Press, which might be available second hand.
Cheers Iain. That one is on the list, definitely got some fitness training to do before then as part of my knee injury recovery!
Running up The Band is quite a good way to gain height without really noticing it. Then head left over Crinkle or right over Bowfell...
There used to be a classic fell race called Black Combe, I don't know if it is still run but it's a good horseshoe and I seem to remember that was in South Lakes.
Memorable for me was the Dunnerdale Horeshoe, a 22 miler, mainly because I was first back into the village to great cheers, only to get outsprinted to the finish by the course record holder (who I was only in front of because he had somehow taken a wrong line of one of the checkpoints) This was my best ever finish, 2nd, in a Lakes fell race..
In reply to AdCo82:
I've done a lot off long training runs out of Grasmere. Would help if you gave an idea of size you are after. Jumping on leg 3 of BGR is an obvious one - out to Scafells and back or cut out in the Langdales and make a circular. Easdale Tarn, Sgt Man and then whichever Pikes, descend to NDG and take Old County Tops route back. Up Silver Howe and Along ridge dropping to Easdale or The Bog (nice :-) ). Up great Tongue and either back along west arm of Faifield round or out and back to Helvellyn. Some of the new Lakes 100k route in Borrowdale direction. Round to Ambleside and bits of the UTLD100 if the weathers too bad for the tops. There's just so much.....
I think Holdsworths in Ambleside have fell running books in stock, worth having a look.
Steel fell round to Helm crag;
Seat sandal & Grisedale tarn;
Easedale tarn & High Raise;
Grasmere to Langdale
Why not try: http://www.amblesideac.org.uk/index.html - they're out a few times a week, daytime and eves.
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