Guidebook

Run or Hike the Iconic Bob Graham Round

The Lake District’s famous fell running challenge, split into 5 stages. Perfect for both hikers and runners who love to get muddy out on the fells!

Description

A guide to the iconic Bob Graham Round: a 66-mile ultra-distance mountain challenge taking in 42 Lake District fells with a total of 27,000 feet of ascent, which must be completed within 24 hours. Wow! Since it was first completed by local hotelier Bob Graham in 1932, “the 42 peak round has become a testing ground for the supremely fit," according to The Bob Graham 24 Hour Club. Only 1 out of 3 of the 200 fell runners complete the challenge in time each year and earn the glory of being part of the club.

The route begins and ends in Keswick and has been broken up into five legs. Taking you through drastic contrasts, from easy terrain to steep climbs with rewarding views of the lakes and even out to the Irish Sea, the different legs make for great hikes as well as fell running routes. The longest and perhaps most challenging leg is Dunmail to Wasdale, for which “you need the fell craft of a goat to keep up a good pace," and makes for a full two-day hike.

Sources
Fell Running Challenge

Bob Graham Round: 1 Keswick to Threlkeld
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Bob Graham Round: 1 Keswick to Threlkeld

Lake District National Park
6 - 7 hrs
20.7 km
1,645 m
1,585 m
This route provides drastic contrasts, from easy terrain to extremely difficult terrain.
Extreme
Private
Bob Graham Round: 2 Threlkeld to Dunmail
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Bob Graham Round: 2 Threlkeld to Dunmail

Lake District National Park
6 - 7 hrs
19.4 km
1,426 m
1,338 m
A broad ridge provides easy peak bagging but with a sting of a series of big ascents and descents towards the end.
Difficult
Private
Bob Graham Round: 3 Dunmail to Wasdale
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Bob Graham Round: 3 Dunmail to Wasdale

1 day +
26.9 km
1,887 m
2,055 m
The second half of this route takes in much of the roughest ground in the Lake District and you need the fell craft of a goat to keep up a good pace.
Extreme
Private
Bob Graham Round: 4 Wasdale to Honister
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Bob Graham Round: 4 Wasdale to Honister

6 - 7 hrs
16.4 km
1,801 m
1,505 m
This is a fantastic circuit around the head of Wasdale on generally quiet fells, Great Gable being the obvious exception, with equally fantastic views both towards Lakeland and out across the Irish Sea.
Difficult
Private
Bob Graham Round: 5 Honister to Keswick
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Bob Graham Round: 5 Honister to Keswick

4 - 5 hrs
17.2 km
719 m
994 m
The easiest of the legs of the Bob Graham Round with half the distance being on roads.
Difficult
Private