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"Trail Running in a Mountainous Environment"

Three Stunning Keswick Trail Races in partnership with the National Trust

2022 Date TBC

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Make sure to take in all the stunning vistas this route has in abundance. Now in it's eighth year, Borrowdale Trail Runs are a classic on the trail race calendar. The courses are a trail runners dream, incorporating everything in terms of scenery and variation of terrain. With distances of 5k, 13k & 21k there's something for every runner.


Check out our course video highlighting these fantastic routes...

All routes incorporate the stunning Derwent water lakeshore trails, the 13k and 21k routes venturing into the beautiful Borrowdale valley.


Date: TBC                                              Distances: 21k, 13k & 5k Route Options. 


Venue: Crow Park, Lake Road, Keswick, CA12 5DJ.   Start Times: 21km - 9:00am  / 13km - 9:30am  /  5km - 1300

Registration venue: Registration for all distances is to be at the event HQ located at Crow Park, Keswick.

Please Note: the start location for the 21k & 13k is different to the finish.

21k & 13k Start Location: The start for the 21k & 13k is from the track adjacent to the entrance/car park at Lingholm, CA12 5TZ (GR 251 223). This is just outside the village of Portinscale, which is approx. 35min walk/25min jog from event HQ


5k Start: Crow Park

Finish Location: All distances finish at Crow Park, Keswick

Registration: Numbers will be issued at registration. 13km & 21km runners can register from 0645-0845. 5km runners will be between 1215-1245.

Entry Fee:  21 Km       £24.00                            

                    13 Km       £24.00       
                     5 Km       £8.00   Age 15 and Under

                     5 Km       £15.00  Age 16 Plus

Please Note: This year there is an option to purchase an event tech t-shirt for an additional £6.

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Included: Professionally run event, qualified & experienced personnel at various checkpoints, qualified medical support, electronic chip timing, online registration, unique finishers medal, fully marked routes, hydration station & refreshments at finish. Contribution to the National Trust.

5k conditions of entry and what's included

Event Terms & Conditions HERE.


Terrain: A key feature of the route is the well balanced mix of woodland trails, rocky singletracks and a few testing climbs following footpaths and bridleways.


All courses will be well marked so there is no need for any navigational skills...just enjoy the beautiful scenery with every step of the way.....

Route Highlights & Course Overview: From scenic lakeshore trails, through beautiful wooded valleys, the routes have been designed to incorporate many of the iconic locations around the Borrowdale Valley including Castle Crag, Suprise View, Ashness Bridge, Great Wood, Friar's Crag, the traditional lakeland hamlets of Grange, Rosthwaite & Watendlath. Here are some of the main features incorporated into the route...

21k Route: Starting adjacent to Lingholm, the initial section follows the woodland trail towards Hawse End Bay on the shores of Derwentwater. The route then continues alongside the beautiful shoreline weaving it's way around the various bays & inlets.

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Enjoy the lakeshore trails

The route deviates from the 13k at the south part of the lake, with a short road section leading to the picturesque hamlet of Grange. After following the trail along the river derwent, the first main climb is soon reached as the route initially ascends through the ancient oak woodlands, a prominent feature of the valley. The second part of this climb is really spectacular, winding its way up alongside the dramatic rocky slopes of Castle Crag.

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Climbing along the dramatic flanks of Castle Crag

Reaching the top of the climb is breathtaking in more ways than one as the panoramic views reveal the heart of the Borrowdale valley. The route bears left at the top onto a fantastic descent towards the village of Rosthwaite.

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Descending to Rosthwaite

Crossing 'New Bridge' just before Rosthwaite

The second main climb of the course starts soon after Rosthwaite. Following the bridleway, this leads to the picturesque hamlet of Watendlath. The trail continues along the beautiful Watendlath valley to reach the point where the 13k rejoins the route at Ashness Wood & a welcome refreshment stop.

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Climbing out of Rosthwaite

Alongside Watendlath

A minor road section descends past Suprise View & the iconic Ashness Bridge, then picking up the singletrack trail traversing below Falcon Crags & into Great Wood. Cross the Borrowdale road, the last section follows the lakeshore trails past Friars Crag & follow the path skirting the shore of the bay back into the finish at Crow Park for a well deserved finish.

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Surprise View

Crossing Ashness Bridge

Heading towards Great Wood

21k Total Ascent: 250m

13k Total Ascent: 180m

13km Route: This deviates off the main route at the south end of Derwent water and crosses the road into High Lodore woods. A testing section of single track ascends through the woods parallel to the famous climbing area of Shepherd's Crag. Follow the trail alongside the beck past spectacular waterfallls and pools to rejoin the 21k route at Ashness Wood.

Hydration/Feed Station: This will be located where the two routes converge at Watendlath Beck (GR 269 181) (see map). This will be stocked with, jellies, bananas, mixed fruit & nuts, water & juice. Please ensure you carry sufficient fluid/nutrition with you for the full route & do not rely on the aid station as your only supply. To help minimize waste you will need to bring your own water bottle, bladder, etc.

5K Lakeshore Route: This is a fantastic route if you are new to trail running. Starting & finishing at Crow Park, the route winds past Friar's Crag "Keswick's best view" following the lakeshore trails to Calfclose Bay & the Centenary Stone. Enjoy the spectacular views down into the Borrowdale Valley. Cross the shingle beach & loop back to rejoin the outward loop at Ings Wood. The terrain is predominantly easy gravel trails with some gentle inclines.


Starting and finishing in Keswick, held in conjunction with the National Trust Derwentwater Regatta, you can bring the whole family for activities to make a great weekend of it!


Previous Results

Borrowdale Trail & Scafell Pike Trail Marathon 2016


We are pleased to announce that we have  once again partnered with Keswick based Kong Running for our Lake District Trail Races. This includes Buttermere 10, Borrowdale Trail Races, Scafell Pike Trail Marathon & Ennerdale Trail Races.

KONG Running is run by dedicated & knowledgeable outdoor enthusiasts & the store offers a wide range of running & outdoor gear.
In addition to providing some fantastic prize vouchers for the events, Kong will also be offering all race all entrants an exclusive 15% discount voucher on selected products.