Meningitis Now staff member Andy Hopkinson

Get outdoors with our Lake District challenge

Andy Hopkinson | 27th December 2022

We’re looking for outdoor enthusiasts to join us on a challenging trek to conquer eight Lake District peaks in two days of walking

Get outdoors with our Lake District challenge

Our Lake District Challenge takes on the eight peaks in the national park that rise above 3,000 feet, including Scafell Pike, the highest mountain in England.

“This is not a challenge for the faint-hearted and will push walkers to their limits,” said Claire Ellis, our event organiser. “By offering spectacular views wrapped up in a serious adventure, it promises you a weekend you’ll never forget. 

“Those taking part will achieve an enormous amount of satisfaction from completing the challenge whilst helping us in our fight to conquer meningitis.

“And if you’re looking for a challenge to help you get fit and out and about next year then this is definitely the event for you.”

We last organised our Lake District Challenge four years ago in 2019. It’s always been a popular event so if you’d like to join us – and we’d love it if you did – sign up soon because places are limited.

Plenty of opportunity to enjoy the trip

The Lake District Challenge route is about 20 miles, with a total walking time of some 18 hours. Between walking there will be plenty of opportunity to rest and enjoy the trip. 

“Whilst this challenge is not designed with specialist trekkers in mind and participants will vary in fitness levels, it is a real physical challenge and will require energy, commitment, a positive attitude and dedication to training,” Claire added.

“It’s suitable for individuals and groups and the perfect opportunity to get your friends, family or colleagues involved.” 

The trek takes place between 12 and 15 October next year, with the first and last day travelling to and from the Lake District and the walking on the middle two days. Those taking it on need to pay a registration fee of £35 and pledge to raise a minimum sponsorship of £600.

Our events team on hand

In return our events team takes care of all travel between the peaks, food and accommodation arrangements and is on hand to help with fundraising ideas and fitness and training tips.

“We’d love you to join us and make a real difference in our fight against meningitis,” Claire added. “Our support takes care of everything and leaves you free to concentrate on walking, enjoying the breath-taking scenery and completing the challenge.”

All proceeds go towards our work fighting meningitis through vaccine and preventative research, raising awareness and supporting individuals and families fighting back from the disease.

Find out more and sign up 

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