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'A Classic Combination of Lakes, Mountains & Waterfalls'

Sunday 29th March 2020


We are currently looking at either Sunday 6th or Sunday 13th December for the rescheduled date. However, we need to wait for confirmation from varius landowners, etc. f this is confirmed then we will email participants asap. The rescheduled date would depend on whatever restrictions may still in place. We hope this allows enough time for the restrictions to be lifted.

2020 EVENT POSTPONED: Due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation escalating, the Buttermere Trail Race has now been postponed until later in the year.
​Following all the latest applicable guidance issued by the UK Government & discussions with the landowners, we are satisfied this is the right decision. Not only in the interests of the health and safety of all participants and team but to members of the public.
Further details have been emailed to participants. Please be patient in any response as we have a lot of enquiries to deal with,
Kind Regards,
High Terrain Events Team

A stunning trail run in an iconic location with breathtaking views from start to finish...
Based in the beautiful Buttermere valley set amidst a dramatic landscape of high fells. This superb 20k course starts with a circuit around the whole of Buttermere Lake in a clockwise direction. This is a classic route described as "One of the best round-the-lake walks in the Lake District".

Date: Sunday 29th March, 2020                    Distance: 20km / 12 Mile


Start Time: 10:15                                                 Venue: Croft Farm, Buttermere Village, Cumbria, CA13 9XA.

The event is to be based from the National Trust field at the north west corner of Buttermere Lake (GR 173 163). This is situated approx. 400m down the bridleway track south of the village (see Event Map). The start/finish will be located here. 


Registration: 0830-1000 (Numbers will be issued at registration). Registration will be based from Croft House Farm Cafe, they'll be opening up early to provide some pre event caffeine and fuel.

Participant Feedback:
"Well, today I took on the buttermere 20km challenge and what a fantastic race it was. fantastic organisation...credit to high terrain events it was amazing start to finish and we even had a bit of sunshine thrown in...along with fantastic water stations stocked with jelly babies and cake! highly recommend this most beautiful and scenic course for any trail runner it was fab" Anne Berry


Julie Graham I loved it!

Fantastic event as always. First class organisation, brilliant marshals- thank you, and fantastic flapjack and brownies. Loved the new route Great to run around both lakes"

"Todays race was a little more special than normal.. Today marks 12 months of racing so what better way to celebrate than by doing Buttermere all over again but this time coming 1st Lady, a truly fantastic route and event as always! Thanks @highterrain" Lou Stubbings

John Spowart 20k route was fantastic.great day. thanks to marshals and organisers .many thanks everyone

"Excellent event, loved every minute. Thanks to all the staff and organisers. Well done team!" Chris Cardwell

"I’m writing to say how much I enjoyed this years Buttermere 20km trail race. It was a superb course and I found it really well organised and the marshals were very friendly. Many thanks to all who helped make this event happen" Robert Bee

"Thanks for the great race today well flagged and great support around the route" Mark Burton

"Thankyou for getting me and round my first official and most stunning trail run I've done so far" Stephen Kellegher

"Big thanks to @HiTerrainevents for a superb couple of trail race routes at Buttermere" Eileen Jones

“I had a wonderful time at the Buttermere race on Sunday.  Super course, super organisation, super friendly marshals, organisers, runners and supporters.  Thank you for the wonderful weather you ordered too " 
Sue Jeff

"A big thanks to all organisers and marshals today - my first ever trail run and I LOVED IT! You've set a high bar!” Helen Fairlamb

“Just wanted to contact you to say thanks for a truly superb run yesterday. As well as beautiful weather and an incredibly scenic run, the organisation was excellent. Look forward to your future events” Chris Moran

Thanks for another fantastic event held in undoubtedly the most beautiful part of the world!!! You even brought the weather with you!! The marshals were great too, so friendly and encouraging. Loved it. I felt so privileged to be part of that, I'm still running on 'feel good' endorphins now!!!!!” Heidi Martin

“The buttermere 10 was the first trail run I’ve ever done and loved it, in fact I loved it that much I'm doing the Borrowdale and the Ennerdale” Ali Kidger

“Just wanted to say a huge thanks for the Buttermere 10 yesterday. We loved every minute of it and plan to return next year!! Thanks again for an amazing day” Nicola Myers (South Shields Harriers)

"Wonderfully organised Buttermere trail race to today. Loved it....brilliant race. The marshals did fab job" Annie Mac

Entry Fee: £25 (price includes contribution to The National Trust). 

Event Terms & Conditions HERE.

Entries: Due to the special natural environment of Buttermere the event has a 200 limit.


Car Sharing: PLEASE TRY TO CAR SHARE WHERE POSSIBLE AS PARKING IS LIMITED. As well as reducing the carbon footprint of the event & saving on fuel, it will ease the parking process for us at the race. The parking field has been too wet for the previous few editions & therefore participants will need to use the public parking areas if this is the case. As parking is very limited in & around the village it would be hugely appreciated if participants car share.

What's Included in Your Entry:

  • Professionally run event

  • Qualified & experienced personel at various checkpoints

  • Qualified medical support

  • Online registration

  • Fully marked routes

  • A stunning event venue

  • Hydration stations on the course & refreshments at finish 

  • Unique finishers medal, customised race number

  • Contribution to National Trust (This helps directly with trail maintenance & repair in this beautiful area)

  • Free event parking (This is subject to conditions, see below for details)

Terrain: A low level undulating route with a great combination of off road running terrain throughout ranging from lakeshore trails, hard-packed rocky trails, grassy tracks & woodland singletrack. The initial section around Buttermere Lake is more hard-packed trail with some technical rocky sections. The section after Sourmilk Gill and along the western side of Crummmock water is is wet and rough underfoot interspersed with rocky single track trails. The other side of Crummock water comprises more hard packed trails.

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

Click on the map to view a larger version


The route starts from the iconic lakeside setting of Buttermere with it's crystal clear waters and views across to the popular fells of Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike.


The initial section follows Buttermere shoreline in a clockwise direction on well surfaced lakeshore trails.

There are several gates to go through, where you can catch your breath and also a small tunnel under the rock, which adds an interesting element to the route. The trail is a bit more technical here with a few rocky sections until you reach the bay where the view opens out.


The lakeshore path flattens out following an easier gravel trail from here. It continues along through fields until you reach a small road. Follow the road for about 1 km until you reach Gatesgarth farm, where you rejoin the footpath to continue around the lake.

The route then returns along the lakeshore through Burtness Wood. You will pass the cascading waterfall of Sourmilk Gill and continue along the rocky track. Conditions underfoot now turn more challenging, over rocky and uneven terrain, as the trail contours along the western shoreline of Crummock Water.

With the mighty Grassmoor on the east and the steep flanks of Mellbreak on the west, the views along this section are stunning, although full concentration is needed to negotiate the testing terrain.

After crossing the gravel beaches on the northern shores of Crummock Water, the terrain becomes less technical. The route follows the pine clad shoreline of Lanthwaite Wood to reach Cinderdale Common & a welcome refreshment point.

A steady climb leads into the beautiful Rannerdale Valley, crossing the beck & contouring round the base of Rannerdale Knotts.


The final short climb is a section of pitched steps reaching above Hause Point. A fast grassy descent leads back to Crummock lakeshore, passing through the woods & fields to reach Buttermere village. Then follows the main track to the lakeshore field at Buttermere, to a well deserved finish...

Total Ascent (20k route): 234m              Time Limit: 3:30 hrs

There will be two hydration stations on the course. Refreshments will also be available at the finish area.

Course Records (20k route):

Chris Steele 1:15:34 (2019) 

Lou Stubbings 1:27:07 (2019)

Previous Results (10 mile):   






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