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'A Classic Combination of Lakes, Mountains & Waterfalls'

2020 Provisional Date: Sunday 29th March 

Entries to open Mid/Late December

Apologies for the delay. We're just finalising a few details


New for 2019: 20k & 8k Route Options...
Due to the possibility of not having a footbridge over Buttermere Dubs near to the start, we have decided to amend this year's course. There will now be two route options of 20k & 8k. The footbridge which provides access to the western shoreline of Buttermere is currently being replaced.There was a temporary bridge in place to allow access. However, this has been removed for the winter period with the possibility of it not been there in time for the event.

The new course is to start 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". Hopefully this should be a fantastic race...

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. Both routes go around Buttermere Lake, and for those that want to take on both lakes, on to Crummock Water for the 20k route. The routes are ideal for all abilities, with the 8k more focused on beginners and those who want a shorter route with less technical trails. You do not have to be super fast or an elite athlete to enter, the 8k is perfect if you are new to trail running and looking for a new challenge.

Date: Sunday 24th March, 2019                    Distances: New for 2019: 20k & 8k Route Options


Start Time: 1015 - 20k / 1030 - 8k                    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:
“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: 8K - £20 / 20K - £25 (price includes contribution to The National Trust). 

Event Terms & Conditions HERE.


Included: Professionally run event, qualified & experienced personel at various checkpoints, qualified medical support, online registration, fully marked routes, hydration station & refreshments at finish, 10% Discount E-Voucher for Kong Running, unique finishers medal, (Please Note: The finishers medals were designed & ordered with the 10 mile distance on as they are ordered well in advance, before we were aware of the course changes, this will be the medal you will receive for finishing the 20k for this year's event)

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.

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 part of the course is considered more technical as the terrain along the western shoreline of Crummock Water is generally wet & rough underfoot. The second part 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.....

2019 Buttermere 8k&20k Map.jpg

Click on the map to view a larger version

Click on the map to view a larger version


Both routes start 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.

 The 8k route then deviates off, crossing Scale footbridge to loop back to Buttermere lake and the finish. The 20k continues along the trail as 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 of the day 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.

The final section 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 a hydration station on the 20k course located at Cinderdale Common. Refreshments will be available at the finish area for all finishers.

Course Records (10mile route):

Ricky Lightfoot 58:54 (2013) 

Helen Fines 1:11:19 (2013)







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