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RAB Helvellyn Sky Ultra

Lake District National Park

Get ready for 57km of relentlessly technical terrain, designed to test your mountain running, strength, endurance, speed, balance and skill to the max! The route takes in the best of the central and eastern Lake District including Helvellyn via the Edges, Fairfield via Cofa Pike, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Red Screes and High Street.

Trail Running Difficult

57 km
3.7 km
3.7 km
1 day +
Low Point
74 m
High Point
937 m
RAB Helvellyn Sky Ultra Map

“The Helvellyn Sky Ultra for me is one of the classic original Lake District Mountain Ultras. It’s tough, technical and a great day out. The highlight of the race is getting to run along the iconic edges of Helvellyn!" - Howard Dracup, 2018


With 57km of Lake District paths, trails and rock and 3700m of ascent, the route will test your endurance level to the limit. But stamina alone won’t get you to the finish line!

You’ll need a good head for heights and nerves of steel if you’re going to traverse five of the most amazing ridge lines in the Lake District! Lower Man to Helvellyn, the awesome Swirral and Striding Edges, Cofa Pike and ascent from Haweswater to High Street.



Medium Exposure

2 out of 4

The trail contains some obstacles such as outcroppings and rock which could cause injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and September