50k: Saturday 26th October 25k & 10k: Sunday 27th October
A truly fantastic weekend of trail running, with a choice of three distances. Starting with the Ennerdale 50k on the Saturday, this is followed by the 25k & 10k distances on Sunday. Details for the 50k here
Ennerdale is a a remote valley on the western fringes of the Lake District National Park. A truly spectacular location for trail running with a fantastic combination of trails in a unique natural environment. It is an enclosed valley surrounded by some of the Lake Districts most iconic mountains; Great Gable, Pillar and Haystacks, providing a natural backdrop of dramatic ridges and wooded slopes.
Distances: 25km & 10km route options Dates: 25k & 10k: Sunday 27th October
Venue: Ennerdale Scout Centre, Ennerdale Bridge, Cumbria, CA23 3AR (GR NY 087 155).
Registration: Between 0800 - 0930 on the day. Numbers will be issued at registration
Start Times: 25k - 1015; 10k - 1030
Entry Fees: 10k & 25k: £28 Event Car Parking: Due to environmental constraints event parking space is very restricted at Ennerdale. Parking for the event will be in the field adjacent to Bowness Knott public car park. Please be aware there is a 25-30-minute walk minimum (approx.3km) via the lakeshore trail to event HQ/start area from here. See below for details
Event Terms & Conditions can be found HERE.
Included: Professionally run event, qualified & experienced personnel at various checkpoints, qualified medical support, online registration, unique finishers medal, fully marked routes, free event parking, toilets, changing, showers, hydration station & refreshments at finish, contribution to Wild Ennerdale Project (This helps towards trail restoration).
All courses will be fully marked so no need for navigation, just enjoy the views.
Click on the above map for a larger version
10km route: A spectacular low level lakeshore route around Ennerdale Water. The trail offers stunning views looking into the wild valley across to the iconic fells of Great Gable, Pillar and Steeple. The first section of the course is on well surfaced gravel trails and forest roads along the lakeshore, set beneath the crags of Bowness Knott. The route returns along the southern shores of Ennerdale. This section is rough underfoot and very rocky, with a short exposed scramble around Anglers Crag, but the views are spectacular.
25Km route: An extended circuit of the 10Km route around Ennerdale Water venturing further into the remote valley. The route follows the main forest road, climbing steadily to the head of the valley to reach the iconic Black Sail youth hostel. This is the high point of the route at nearly 900' and in a truly spectacular location nestled beneath Haystacks, Great Gable and Kirk Fell.
The route crosses the river Liza, returning along the forest trails set beneath the stunning backdrop of Pillar Rock. After crossing Silver Cove beck, the route rejoins the 10k course along the southern shore of Ennerdale Water. This is a very rocky section and includes ashort exposed scramble around Anglers Crag, before the final section along the lakeshore trail.
For the 25k there is a total ascent of 920' per circuit, predominantely along forest roads with a rocky section along the southern shore of Ennerdale Water.
Time Limits: 4:30hrs for the 25k & 3hrs for the 10k.
Hydration Station: For the 25k route there will be a hydration station located at Black Sail YH at the head of the valley (see map). This will be supplying water & squash.
Mandatory Equipment List for the 25km & 50km distances: HERE.
Directions to Scout Centre: At Ennerdale Bridge follow the road east for 800m. Turn right signposted ’Ennerdale Lake’ & Bleach Green car park’ (large wooden sign). Follow this road for another 800m. Turn left onto the track which will be signposted. Follow this for approx. 200m to reach the centre.
Directions to Parking Field at Bowness: From Croasdale follow the narrow minor road for approx. 2km. Event parking is in the field on the right before you reach Bowness Knott public car park. Sat Nav Postcode CA23 3AU (approx.).
This is a beautiful trail along the lakeshore & a great way to loosen the legs ready to run. You are welcome to bring any kit/bags along to the scout centre and leave them there whilst you run. There are changing, showers & toilet facilities at the centre.
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Car Sharing: PLEASE TRY TO CAR SHARE WHERE POSSIBLE AS PARKING IS LIMITED.
As well as reducing the carbon footprint of the event it will ease the parking process for us at the race.
Facilities & Accommodation: Ennerdale Scout Centre will be offering accomodation and camping on-site making it an ideal venue for a full weekend. For further details & to book contact
Judy Greenwood at:
Tel: 01946 328224 (M) 07875 600021
(Bunks in the Chalet £10 per person per night and camping ( or campervan/ motorhome) £6 per person per night).
2017 Results (Amended Courses):
"First time my husband and I have run the Ennerdale trail. We did the 10k,loved it, the scenery was Amazing!!! Fantastic event, really friendly and well organised" Janet Finn
"I ran the 50km Trail Ultra in 2014, my first ever ultra marathon. The two laps around Ennderdale water comprise of a fire road, single track and a technical section of wet routes for a good half mile plus towards the end of each lap. The height gain is minimal and the navigation is easy. I found this was a great introduction to the sport, as it allowed runners to concentrate on running rather than nav. The views at either end of Ennerdale are stunning"
"The volunteers and spectators were all very friendly and the remote location gave the race a grand feel. I thoroughly recommend the event for anyone who wants their first ultra experience in the hills" jimmymacke
"Great ultra course, ideal for novices as you're running round a lake, so no need for tricky navigation. The two 25k laps mean you're never far from safety, plus there are stunning views and a varied course that's always runnable" MarkR
"This was a beautiful, well organised event, perfect for my first time trail race. I did the 10k option and the laid back chat at the start calmed any nerves I might have had. The other runners were all so friendly, even lending me an arm to hold on to down the short scramble. The last three kilometres were very tough, but again I got so much encouragement from fellow runners. The marshals were also very encouraging. Would definitely do it again, maybe train hard and try the 25k" Catliz
"Love this event, ran it for the last 2 years" CatSlater
"This was my first ultra back in 2012 selecting the 50k option. The route entails two loops of the Ennerdale water and beyond. The course was also fully marked so no need for nav skills. The event centre was great and had the requisite shower facilities needed after such a muddy excursion. The first 7-8 miles had runners ascend up into the valley along a pleasantly runnable and gently undulating trail, before looping around the far side of Ennerdale Water. This back end of the Water has amazing technical rocky terrain, really giving a great trail running experience.
The organisers were incredibly friendly and accommodating to peoples needs throughout the day. I would highly recommend this for all trail runners. To summarise; stunning scenery and a well organised race on a cracking little route" Kirk
"Brilliant, well organised event. the run back along the side of the lake is something to behold, if you get a chance to look up!!! Would recommend to beginners and the more experienced alike"
LATEST: 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.