What better time than the advent of the New Year to get outside and challenge yourself, your friends and even your family to do something different and enjoy the great outdoors? Here at the Coppermines we have put together a list of our top challenging events … there are things to test and things to enjoy… after all it isn’t just about the pain… it’s about the taking part too.
So join us at Coppermines Lakes Cottages this year and discover something about yourself in this simply stunning environment…
Montane Trail 26 & Trail 13, Grizedale Forest
The first of the 2018 Trail26 trail running events will take place in Grizedale Forest. Situated close to Hawkeshead and nestled in between Coniston Water and Windermere it provides the perfect venue to kick off your trail running New Year.
Coniston 14 Road Race
A 14 mile road race around Coniston Water and as such is one of the most picturesque courses in Britain. This hilly route follows the road that circles Coniston Water, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains from the lake shore route. Each year runners raise £20,000 each for local clubs, charities and good causes.
Lakeland Trails, Hawkshead
Starting and finishing at Hawkshead, the 17km Hawkshead Trail Race, 17km Hawkshead Trail Challenge and 10km Hawkshead Trail Run follow circuits along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells. All of the routes take in the infamous, mile long, near vertical, killer climb of the "Coffin Trail"!
The Great Western Sportive
If you love to ride in wild, unspoilt mountain country. If you love a fantastic, rewarding, shared challenge If the food, the people and the experience are as important as the clock then The Great Western is for you!
With a total of 123km with + 2250mtrs of height this should prove to be a bit of a challenge for 2018!
The Lakeland 100 Ultra
The Lakeland 100 'Ultra Tour of the Lake District' is the most spectacular long distance trail race which has ever taken place within the UK. The circular route encompasses the whole of the Lakeland fells, with 6300m of ascent on almost entirely of public bridleways and footpaths. The route starts in Coniston and heads south before completing a clockwise loop which takes in the Dunnerdale fells, Eskdale, Wasdale and Buttermere before arriving in Keswick for the finish.
If that sounds too much then there’s The Lakeland 50, which runs over the second half of the Lakeland 100 Ultra, completing the final 50 miles of the 100 course.
Coniston End To End
Long distance open water swimming isn’t just about swimming around buoys in a loop– it’s about the journey. Travelling the length of a lake from one end to the other, swimming across a channel, or completing a swim from one set point to another gives the swim meaning. You haven’t swum a lake until you have completed the full length of it. Chillswim Coniston is a mass participation, fully supported swim the full 5.25 miles length of Coniston Water, in the Lake District.
Ladies of the Lake Sportive
This women only sportive is a real hoot and is described as the finest of its kind in the north! There are three routes, all of which follow the shores of Coniston Water: one of England's finest lakes. They are all lovely routes, with the shorter route designed to present an achievable challenge to first timers. So join us and experience this landscape for yourself - ride any bike you like, wear any outfit you like, the only rule is that you have a great day!
Lakeland Trails in Coniston
Starting and finishing at Landing Point, Coniston Hall near Coniston village, the 10km Coniston Trail Run, half marathon Coniston Trail run and marathon Coniston Trail run take in panoramic views of Coniston Water and the surrounding peaks. There are some hilly killer sections, which only agile mountain goats will be able to run so be warned!
Here at The Coppermines Lakes Cottage we have a huge range of accommodation to suit all tastes and wallets – perfect for places for adventurous weekends. Whether you want a cosy fireside to slump in front of or a hot tub to relax in and ease away those aches and pains after a day in the great outdoors we are sure to have the perfect option for you.