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The 2019 Charity Awards and Trophies winners are now all uploaded to the site. We gave away an amazing £379,666 this year. Well done ot everyone who contributed whether walking, volunteering or sponsoring.

The 2020 K2B walk route has been confirmed. It will start at Legburthwaite, and proceeds down the west of Thirlmere. It joins up with the 2018/19 route just north of Dunmail raise. The remainder of the route is unchanged. Total length of the new route is 39.4 miles.

The Walk Day In Case of Emergency (ICE) phone number has changed. It is now 0777 888 4020. The new number will be printed on lanyards and route cards.

2020 Route description

Last updated on 26th October 2019.

We have been advised that our preferred walk route, starting at Legburthwaite and proceeding down the west of Thirlmere, will be open for the 2020 walk. This takes the route to approximately 39.4 miles. The remainder of the route is unchanged. The maps and instructions on this website have been updated to show the planned 2020 route.

The Team Support Handbook contains information which should help you to understand the key safety aspects of the walk. Much of the walk takes place on public roads which are open to traffic, so participants must be sensible and obey the Highway Code. Please be considerate to residents and local businesses. Respect the countryside, and dispose of litter responsibly in the sacks and bins provided. Instructions relating to support vehicles have been prepared with the help of Cumbria Constabulary. Some sections of the route are closed to all vehicles, except for emergency services and official vehicles driven by the event organisers. Support vehicle drivers must not attempt to enter these sections of the route, and must obey "No entry" signs and "No support vehicles" signs. Support vehicles are not permitted at any of the following locations:

  • A591 north of Dunmail Raise
  • Elterwater village
  • Little Langdale
  • Tilberthwaite
  • Hodge Close
  • Shepherds Bridge Lane in Coniston village
  • Coniston Sports & Social Centre
  • The road east of Coniston Water
  • Kirkby Moor (west of Lowick)
  • Marton village
  • Broughton Road between the Black Dog Inn and the northern outskirts of Dalton
  • Hawcoat Park Sports Club

The walk has a low accident record, and with your support, we aim to keep it that way. The support vehicle routes are aimed at minimising congestion on the walk route, some parts of which are very narrow and potentially hazardous. Please follow instructions from the walk marshals, who will be in attendance on motorbikes and on foot. Marshals are instructed to note the registration numbers of any vehicles that cause a nuisance, to be dealt with appropriately by the authorities.

The aerial views and maps are courtesy of Google Earth and Google Maps. You can view the whole route on the Ordnance Survey website: https://osmaps.ordnancesurvey.co.uk/route/4088508/K2B-2020-Official-Route.

Download the route as a gpx file: https://keswick2barrow.co.uk/sites/keswick2barrow.co.uk/files/K2B%202020%20Official%20Route.gpx.

Your dog may accompany you on the walk if you consider that it is fit to do so. The organisers do not provide veterinary or other support services for dogs. Dogs (except guide dogs) are NOT permitted on Happy Buses, in the field immediately to the south of Coniston Sports Club, or at Hawcoat Park Sports Club.

Make sure that you pay to park in any car parks where charges apply, even if you're only there for a short time.

In an emergency phone 999 and then 0777 888 4020

In an emergency when violence or a threat to life is posed, a crime is in progress, or a serious accident has occurred, always dial 999. Please then call the event incident support (ICE) number as soon as possible on 0777 888 4020.