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Swirral Grind 850

Lake District National Park

The Swirral Grind is an uphill only race. Designed in the style of a Vertical K its a full on grind of an ascent.

Trail Running Severe

5.8 km
827 m
37 m
1-2 hrs
Low Point
150 m
High Point
940 m
Swirral Grind 850 Map

6km of pure ascent. Starting at the King George Playing Field in Patterdale, the home of the Rab Helvellyn Sky Ultra and Rab Pinnacle Ridge Extreme, the Swirral Grind 850 will not disappoint.


This is a race that will test your lungs, legs and will power in one fell swoop, steep and stepped paths lead to the iconic 'Hole in the Wall' where a reprieve is had running the flats of the Red Tarn Basin before the 2nd and final ascent climbs up to the ridge-line of Swirral Edge, tackling the easy scrambling to reach the summit and the all important Trig Point at 950m.

Do you have the desire?



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 October