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The Bob Graham Challenge Walk

The Bob Graham in Seven Days!

The Bob Graham Round is a classic Lake District route.  The total distance is around 72 miles with 29000 feet of ascent and a magnificent guided challenge across the area’s finest hills – sometimes completed by fell runners in under 24 hours! To make the most of this mountain adventure, we’ll complete the route in seven manageable days of walking – but it’s still essential that you have a good degree of mountain fitness to take on the challenge!

  • Distance: 8 – 14 miles/13 – 23km per day.
  • Ascent: 3000 – 6000 feet/900 – 1800m per day.
  • Difficulty: Tough!
  • Great For: Experienced hill walkers with good fitness who like a challenge.
  • Approx Timings: 0900 – 1700 each day. Confirmed when you book.
  • Start/Finish (Day 1&7): Moot Hall, Keswick, CA12 5JR . Confirmed when you book.
  • Location Map >

£600.00

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Description

The Route

Day 1 (Sunday)

We meet at the Moot Hall in the centre of Keswick. Our journey traverses the fells of Skiddaw and Blencathra, finishing the day at Threlkeld.  Distance: Approx 14miles/ 22km with 5350ft/1630m of ascent.

Day 2 (Monday)

From Threlkeld, we traverse the Helvellyn range including the Dodds, Dolywaggon Pike and Fairfield, finishing the day at Grasmere.  Distance: Approx 14miles/22km with 5800ft/1767m of ascent.

Day 3 (Tuesday)

From Grasmere, we have an easier day taking in the lovely Langdale Pikes and other fells including High Raise and Sergeant Man.  Distance: Approx 10 miles/16km with 3117ft/950m of ascent.

Day 4 (Wednesday)

From Langdale, we have a wonderful day crossing the Southern Fells, including the Scafell Range, Bowfell and Great End. Wasdale Head is our overnight stay.  Distance: Approx 13.5miles/22km with 5960ft/1817m of ascent.

Day 5 (Thursday)

From Wasdale Head, we traverse over the Pillar range of fells via Yewbarrow, Red Pike, Haycock and Steeple, before returning to Wasdale Head for our second evening.  Distance: Approx 11 miles/18km with 5661ft/1725m of ascent.

Day 6 (Friday)

The very popular Great Gable and lesser-known fells such as Green Gable and Brandreth are traversed today. We then descend from Grey Knotts to Honister Pass and on to the hamlet of Rosthwaite.  Distance: Approx 8 miles/13km with 3231ft/985m of ascent.

Day 7 (Saturday)

We return to Keswick via Dale head, Hindscope and Robinson, followed by the long descent to Keswick and our journey’s end!  Distance: Approx 12miles/19.5km with 3445ft/1050m of ascent.

Important Information: 

  • Free Baggage Transportation: To help you travel light, we will transport your spare baggage free of charge between each overnight accommodation venue along the route.
  • Free Lifts: There will be the option of a free, return lift from your accommodation, a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk.
  • Accommodation and Food:  We can provide a daily packed lunch and hostel accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast meals. This can service can be provided on request and we will charge you accordingly. (Further information about local accommodation options is also available on our Accommodation Page).

 

To arrange these options please include your requests on your booking or contact us  when you book.

What’s included?

Included:
  • To help you travel light, free transportation of  your spare baggage between each overnight accommodation venue along the route.
  • Qualified Mountain Leader or Hill and Moorland Leader with Outdoor First Aid Qualifications.
  • Guiding throughout the day with briefing advice and support to ensure your safety.
  • Narrative on local points of interest, wildlife, geology, history and culture.
  • Optional photography of your day which can be shared with you.

Optional:  

  • A daily packed lunch and accommodation with dinner, bed and breakfast meals. This can service can be provided on request and we will charge you accordingly. Please contact us when you book.
  • The option of a free, return lift from your accommodation, a station or bus stop to the start of your walk to encourage sustainable travel. We can only arrange this if we have spare space in our vehicle and the pick-up point is reasonably close to your walk. Please contact us when you book.

Not Included:

  • Additional parking or transport costs associated with your walk (unless booked – see above).
  • Essential walking kit or food (unless food is booked – see above).
  • Navigation equipment and maps .

What to Bring

Here’s an Essential Daily Kit Kist for all our walks >

However, any specific information about kit, picnics and clothing linked to this walk will be provided when you book.

Meeting and Parking

The meeting place on Day 1 is The Moot Hall, Keswick CA12 5JR (Day 1 & 7).

Please see a Google Map showing the location here

Final confirmation of timings and meeting places throughout the rest of the week will be made when you book.

Coming by Bus or Train
We’re keen to support public transport use and reduce emissions. If you’re arriving reasonably nearby we’ll give you a free lift.

Facilities

The town of Keswick where the walk starts and finishes has cafés, pubs, shops, accommodation and toilets.

Click here to see a Google map of local facilities.

For more information on facilities and accommodation at the over night stops during the week please refer to the maps on the Accommodation Page.

Walk Difficulty

This is a Tough Walk. Here is our walk difficulty guide >

Fitness and Weather. Please Note: To complete this walk it is essential that you have a good degree of mountain fitness. There are steep climbs and big ascents to complete each day.  All days involve terrain that is rough, craggy, and very steep in places.  It may be boggy in other places. Only very easy scrambling will be encountered.  Previous mountain experience or experience walking with us in the Peak District or other UK upland areas is essential.  Should weather conditions be unsuitable to be up in the mountains, an alternative lower-level walk will be used to reach each day’s destination.

FAQs

We have created a separate page of the most frequently asked questions here >

Or you can contact us for specific questions about this walk.

Accommodation

Accommodation and Meals
Want Support? 

We will be using dormitory style accommodation in nearby Youth hostels and Private Hostels.  Evening meals and breakfasts are available at the hostels. We can also provide a daily packed lunch for you on request.

To arrange these options please include your requests on your booking or contact us when you book.

Doing Your Own Thing? 

Otherwise, details of the accommodation venues en route are laid out below.

Day 1 (Sunday) – Finish in Threkeld

There is a variety of accommodation available in Keswick if you wish to stay here the day before we start.

Click here to see a Google map of local accommodation.

At the end of the first day we stay in Threlkeld which has pubs and Bed and Breakfast facilities.

Click here to see a Google map of local accommodation.

Day 2 (Monday) – Finish in Grasmere

There is a variety of accommodation available in Grasmere including a YHA hostel, pubs and Bed and Breakfast.

Click here to see a Google map of local accommodation.

Day 3 (Tuesday) – Finish in Langdale

Langdale has a hostel and hotel accommodation.

Click here to see a Google map of local accommodation.

Day 4 (Wednesday) – Finish in Wasdale

Accommodation can be found at Wasdale Head inn, or the Wasdale Hall YHA Hostel is four miles away.

Click here to see a Google map of local accommodation.

Day 5 (Thursday) –  Finish in Wasdale

Accommodation can be found at Wasdale Head inn, or the Wasdale Hall YHA Hostel is four miles away.

Click here to see a Google map of local accommodation.

Day 6 (Friday) – Finish in Rosthwaite

There is a variety of accommodation available in Rosthwaite including an excellent YHA hostel, pub and Bed and Breakfast. Distance: Approx 8 miles/13km with 3231ft/985m of ascent.

Click here to see a Google map of local accommodation.

Day 7 (Saturday) – Finish in Keswick

There is a variety of accommodation available in Keswick if you wish to stay here after the finish.

Click here to see a Google map of local accommodation.

 

Respect, Protect and Enjoy!

We all want to respect, protect and enjoy the fragile upland environments where we walk, so that they can be enjoyed by generations to come.  Following The Countryside Code really helps…

Respect:
  • Be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside
  • Leave gates and property as you find them
  • Do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking
  • Be nice, say hello, share the space
  • Follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available
Protect:
  • Take your litter home – leave no trace of your visit
  • Do not light fires and only have BBQs where signs say you can
  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight
  • Dog poo – bag it and bin it – any public waste bin will do
  • Care for nature – do not cause damage or disturbance
Enjoy:
  • Check your route and local conditions
  • Plan your adventure – know what to expect and what you can do
  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory
Want to know more?
  • Sustainability – our actions and fund raising to support the local environment, communities and economy.
  • Contact Us – ask a question or make a suggestion.