K2B/C2B Team Support Handbook

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2019 Route description

Last updated on 30th November 2018. This is a DRAFT, and is subject to change.

Due to fallen trees and landslides west of Thirlmere, the 2018 K2B started near the top of Thirlmere, and followed the east side of the lake until joining up with the normal route west of the A591 at Steel End. Unfortunately, the west side of the lake remains blocked, although we are hopeful that it will be cleared in time for the 2019 walk. The Team Support Handbook still describes the route to the east of Thirlmere that was used in 2018. The handbook will be updated as appropriate once the full 2019 route is confirmed.

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/1935931/K2B-2018-Official-Route.

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 07523 838843

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 07523 838843. Other useful phone numbers are provided on the Phone Us page (at the back of the Team Support Handbook).

K2B Start (Walkers)

Swirls car park

  • Miles to go: 37.51

    The 2019 start is close to the northern end of Thirlmere. Details are subject confirmation, dependent on availability of access to the west of the lake. There is very limited capacity for drop-off in the start area, and no space for parking vehicles, so all walkers are strongly encouraged to use the Happy Buses to get there. If you plan to arrive in your own car, please follow the support vehicle instructions on the following page.

    • Support vehicle drop off (no parking)
    • Toilets - at the walker assembly area

    SAFETY: There will be many walkers, and some moving vehicles in the start area. Stay alert, and pay attention to instructions from marshals. Once you've crossed the start line, walk at a pace that comes naturally. If you go either above or below your natural pace you’ll tire far more rapidly, both physically and mentally. While it’s good to journey with other walkers, you should ensure that their pace is close to yours. Completing the walk safely is much more important than a fast time. Many problems can be avoided by taking just a little longer, and allowing time for eating sugary/salty snacks at support points, drinking plenty of fluids, and tending minor injuries. Good luck!

    K2B Start (Vehicles)

    Dunmail Raise (Support)

    Dunmail Raise northbound carriageway

    • Miles to go: 33.08

    Dunmail Raise on the A591 is well known as an area that was badly affected by the December 2015 floods. It lies between the southern end of Thirlmere, and Grasmere village. The K2B walk route follows the cycleway from Steel End at the south end of Thirlmere, to the dual carriageway at Dunmail Raise.

    • Support vehicle parking - at the roadside on Dunmail Raise
    • Toilets - at Townhead Farm (1.4 miles south of Dunmail Raise)

    This is where you have your first opportunity to meet your support vehicles. From here continue south along the A591 down Dunmail Raise, turning right at the first opportunity. Continue via Gill Foot and Goody Bridge to the quaint village of Grasmere. Turn right into the village square (Toilets) where marshals will guide you to the village car park.

    INTERESTING FACT: A cairn at Dunmail Raise marks the spot of a great battle between the Norse king, Dunmail of Cumbria, and the Anglo-Saxon king, Edmund of Northumbria, in 945AD. Edmund's victory meant that the north-western area of Cumbria passed over to the Scots. The cairn also marks the boundary between the old counties of Cumberland and Westmorland.

    Dunmail Raise (Vehicles)

    • OS Grid Ref: NY 327 117
    • Nearest postcode: CA12 4TP
    • Follow blue arrows when arriving, brown arrows when leaving.

    Parking is available on northern carriageway of the dual carriageway section. The southbound carriageway will be operated as a contra-flow, and parking is not permitted on that side. Please follow local instructions for parking and guidance from marshals.

    Users of the car parking area do so at their own risk. The organisers will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss.

    Grasmere (CP1)

    Red Bank Road car park

    • Miles to go: 29.92

    The first official timing checkpoint is a Grasmere. Remember to tap your tag on the reader.

    • Toilets – village square (before the Checkpoint)
    • Drinks provided – at Checkpoint
    • First Aid – at Checkpoint
    • Support vehicle parking - Stock Lane car park (pay & display)

    Support vehicle drivers are responsible for their own parking charges, and for payment of any fines incurred for non-payment. READ MORE

    From Grasmere continue in the direction of Elterwater where you will come across the notorious Red Bank, this is a rather steep hill so take it easy. From the top of Red Bank continue to follow route signs which direct you down the wiggly road to Elterwater Common (enjoy the view) and on to Elterwater village.

    INTERESTING FACT: Grasmere village is a classic tourist attraction. Here is Dove Cottage, the home of the English poet William Wordsworth. Sir Walter Scott often visited the Wordsworths, and is also known to have frequented The Swan Hotel, where he partook of a few drams. Grasmere is now the home of Sarah Nelson’s world-famous Grasmere Gingerbread shop, which is tucked away at the corner of the churchyard of St. Oswald’s Church.

    Grasmere (Vehicles)

    • OS Grid Ref: NY 340 071
    • Nearest postcode: LA22 9SH
    • Follow blue arrows when arriving, brown arrows when leaving.

    The Grasmere checkpoint is located in a car park which has limited spaces and gets very congested. Please park in the large car park on the right of Stock Lane, just after the turn off from the A591. It has public toilets and is only a few minutes walk from the checkpoint.

    Users of the car parks do so at their own risk. The organisers will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss.

    DO NOT FOLLOW THE WALK ROUTE to ELTERWATER.

    Elterwater, Little Langdale, Tilberthwaite, and Hodge Close are closed to support vehicles, and this will be enforced by police.

    GRASMERE IS THE LAST SUPPORT POINT BEFORE CONISTON CP3.

    Follow the A591 to Ambleside, and then the A593 directly to Coniston.

    Elterwater (CP2)

    Britannia Inn

    • Miles to go: 27.24

    Over a third of the walk distance is complete at this point. The checkpoint is positioned outside the Britannia Inn.

    • Toilets – at Checkpoint
    • Drinks – at Checkpoint
    • First Aid – at Checkpoint
    • No support vehicles

    Leave Elterwater heading southwards, towards Colwith. Then you'll follow the longest off-road section of the K2B route, via Stang End and Hodge Close, down to Yewdale.

    • First Aid - Hodge Close
    • Drinks - Hodge Close
    • No support vehicles

    Elterwater, Little Langdale, Tilberthwaite, and Hodge Close are closed to support vehicles, and this will be enforced by police.

    Continue to the edge of Coniston village, where you'll leave the track and head down towards Shepherds Bridge Lane and Checkpoint 3.

    INTERESTING FACT: Elterwater village lies in the jaws of the Great Langdale valley. From the 1750's, the local green slate was in high demand. To service the quarries, a great deal of gunpowder was needed. For this reason, many juniper trees were planted in the area. Juniper wood makes excellent charcoal, a major base-ingredient of gunpowder.

    Coniston (CP3)

    Coniston Sports and Social Centre

    • Miles to go: 21.07

    This checkpoint is at the Coniston Sports and Social Centre in Shepherds Bridge Lane. Support vehicle parking is available nearby for K2B teams only.

    • Support vehicle parking - at John Ruskin School
    • Drinks – at the Checkpoint
    • Toilets – at the Checkpoint
    • First Aid – at the Checkpoint

    This is the last point where your support crews can meet you before Lowick. (Support vehicles must travel via Torver to Lowick).

    The walk route leaves the social centre via a privately owned field, which may be in use for lambing. Please walk through it responsibly, staying within the marked area close to the field boundary, and avoid upsetting the sheep. DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED through the field. If you have a dog, please register at Checkpoint 3 as normal, and then take a short detour to the bottom of Shepherds Bridge Lane, turn left at the junction and walk over the stone bridge, taking care to avoid traffic on the road. Rejoin the main walk route on the footpath on the left of the road beyond the small cluster of houses.

    Coniston Sports and Social Centre is our central control point, so please visit us here if you need information about the progress of walkers, to report incidents, etc.

    The Coniston Sports Club Committee will be selling teas, coffees, bacon buns, etc, to raise funds for the club. Please support them. Do NOT set up your own cooking and brewing facilities in the sports club grounds.

    Designated official event vehicles will assist walkers if necessary between Monk Coniston and Lowick.

    INTERESTING FACT: Using the proceeds from her book sales, Beatrix Potter acquired nearly 7,000 acres of land in the Lake District, including the Monk Coniston Estate, all of which she transferred or bequeathed to the National Trust.

    Coniston (Vehicles)

    • OS Grid Ref: SD 302 973
    • Nearest postcode: LA21 8EW
    • Follow blue arrows when arriving, brown arrows when leaving.

    Shepherds Bridge Lane will be closed to traffic, from the A593 at its north end, to the B5285 at its south end. There is no parking at Coniston Sports Centre. A limited amount of free parking is available at:

    John Ruskin Secondary School,
    Lake Road, Coniston, LA21 8EW.

    Please approach the village via the A593 from the north or south, depending on where you are coming from. Turn off the A593 onto Lake Road. John Ruskin School is a short way down the road and on your right. Enter the car park via the second gate, and follow instructions from marshals. From there, walk to Checkpoint 3 at Coniston Sports & Social Centre, via Lake Road and Tilberthwaite Avenue.

    Users of the car park do so at their own risk. The organisers will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss.

    If you park elsewhere in the village, please park considerately. Support vehicle drivers are responsible for their own parking charges, and for payment of any fines incurred for non-payment. READ MORE

    The Coniston Sports Club Committee will be selling teas, coffees, bacon buns, etc, to raise funds for the club. Please support them. Do NOT set up your own cooking and brewing facilities in the sports club grounds.

    When leaving the school parking area in your vehicle, please drive back to the A593, then turn left and proceed to the next support area at Lowick Bridge.

    There are no official support areas or parking on the B5285 or at Monk Coniston. If you drive along the B5285, please beware of walkers crossing the road at the Monk Coniston junction. Support vehicles MUST NOT use the road to the east of the lake, between Monk Coniston and Lowick Bridge.

    There is a Lake District National Park (LDNP) Authority pay and display car park at Monk Coniston, which is suitable for mini-buses. K2B marshals will be supervising walkers on the road next to the car park, but they are not authorised to manage the car park. Please park responsibly, and buy a parking ticket.

    C2B Start (Walkers)

    Coniston Sports and Social Centre

    • Miles to go: 21.07

    The Coniston to Barrow Walk (C2B) starts on the edge of Coniston village at Coniston Sports and Social Centre in Shepherds Bridge Lane.

    Participants should be dropped off from coaches and support vehicles at John Ruskin Secondary School, Lake Road, LA21 8EW, and should walk from there to the C2B start.

    • Toilets - at the walker assembly area
    • Food & drink - FOR PURCHASE at the social centre

    The C2B walk starts in the car park next to the social centre building. There is a large number of people to be accommodated, so it is essential that you pay close attention to instructions from marshals, and listen carefully to information provided via the event Public Address (PA) system. Do not cross barriers that are intended to segregate areas of the car park and the start queue area.

    The Coniston Sports Club Committee will be selling teas, coffees, bacon buns, etc, to raise funds for the club. Please support them. Do NOT set up your own cooking and brewing facilities in the sports club grounds.

    At the start of the C2B walk, walkers cross a small field and exit via a farm gate onto the public footpath alongside the B5285. The field may be in use for lambing. Please walk through it responsibly, staying within the marked area close to the field boundary, and avoid upsetting the sheep. DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED through the field. If you have a dog, please register at the C2B start checkpoint, and then take a short detour to the bottom of Shepherds Bridge Lane, turn left at the junction and walk over the stone bridge, taking care to avoid traffic on the road. Rejoin the main walk route on the footpath on the left of the road beyond the small cluster of houses.

    The walk proceeds eastwards along the footpath, across the top end of Coniston Water, and then down the east side of the lake.

    C2B Start (Vehicles)

    • OS Grid Ref: SD 302 973
    • Nearest postcode: LA21 8EW
    • Follow blue arrows when arriving, brown arrows when leaving.

    Arrangements for arriving at the C2B start are the same as for the 2016 walk. Shepherds Bridge Lane will be completely closed to all traffic, from the A593 at its north end, to the B5285 at its south end. There will be strictly no parking at Coniston Sports & Social Centre. The walker drop-off point is at:

    John Ruskin Secondary School,
    Lake Road, Coniston, LA21 8EW.

    If you are driving to Coniston, please approach the village via the A593 from the north or south, depending on where you are coming from. Turn off the A593 onto Lake Road. John Ruskin School is a short way down the road and on your right. Enter the car park via the second gate, and follow instructions from marshals.

    Users of the car park do so at their own risk. The organisers will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss.

    From there, C2B participants should walk to Coniston Sports & Social Centre, via Lake Road and Tilberthwaite Avenue. Marshals will guide walkers along the short route.

    The Coniston Sports Club Committee will be selling teas, coffees, bacon buns, etc, to raise funds for the club. Please support them. Do NOT set up your own cooking and brewing facilities in the sports club grounds.

    After dropping off walkers, support vehicles should leave the school and return to the A593, then turn left and proceed to the next support area at Lowick Bridge.

    Machells Coppice (K2B food)

    Machells Coppice car park

    • Miles to go: 18.29

    An excellent place to rest, take in the scenery and have some lunch. Food and drinks are provided for the K2B walkers, and drinks only for the C2B walkers. Note that food is provided for C2B walkers at Lowick Church (checkpoint 5).

    • Toilets - at Machells Coppice
    • Drinks - at Machells Coppice
    • Food - at Machells Coppice for K2B only
    • First Aid - at Machells Coppice
    • No support vehicles

    INTERESTING FACT: Just before Machells Coppice, you will pass Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, the famous Victorian artist, poet, critic, geologist, conservationist, and social philanthropist (1872 to 1900). As you continue along the lake, you will pass by Piel Island where the film Swallows and Amazons was set, and also the location of Donald Campbell's fatally missed last fuelling point before commencing his final 300 mph run up the lake.

    Rigg Wood (First Aid)

    Rigg Wood

    • Miles to go: 16.22

    The wood is on the left side of the road as you continue down towards Water Park.

    • First Aid - at Rigg Wood
    • No support vehicles

    INTERESTING FACT: Rigg Wood is privately owned, but is open to the public for walking. It is adjacent to Grizedale Forest, a 6,050-acre (2,447 hectare) forest managed by the Forestry Commission, visited by 200,000 people each year. Fans of Arthur Ransome's Swallows and Amazons series visit Rigg Wood to see the ruin of a traditional circular stone hut, believed to have been the inspiration for an "igloo" described in the book "Winter Holiday".

    Water Park (CP4)

    Water Park layby

    • Miles to go: 14.85

    The checkpoint is by the roadside at Water Park Adventure Centre.

    • Drinks - at Checkpoint
    • No support vehicles

    From here you continue down the east side of Coniston Water for several miles past the edges of Grizedale Forest, and through the village of Nibthwaite. Then on to Lowick and the temptation of the Red Lion Inn.

    INTERESTING FACT: Look to your right as you walk through Nibthwaite. Just behind a farm gate, you may spot an Antony Gormley life-size figure, looking out over Coniston Water. Apparently, Antony Gormley is a frequent visitor to the area.

    Lowick Bridge (Information)

    Red Lion Inn

    • Miles to go: 12.39

    Lowick provides the first opportunity since Coniston to meet up with your support crew.

    • Support vehicle parking – field near the Red Lion Inn
    • Toilets – at the Red Lion Inn

    Walkers who reach the Red Lion Inn at Lowick Bridge after 5pm will be stopped at this point, for their own protection, and to safeguard the volunteer marshals further down the route. This is non-negotiable. Transport will be provided to the finish.

    INTERESTING FACT: Every May Bank Holiday one household in Lowick village hosts a 'duck race', whereby plastic ducks are put into the stream in the house's garden and 'raced' against each other. In 2002 a competitor was disqualified when it was discovered that he had greased his ducks with lard in order to speed their progress.

    Lowick Bridge (Vehicles)

    • OS Grid Ref: SD 292 865
    • Nearest postcode: LA12 8EF
    • Follow blue arrows when arriving, brown arrows when leaving.

    There is a field at Lowick Bridge for support vehicle parking. Please park sensibly in the field or on the roadside verges, and don’t block gateways, side roads, etc.

    Users of the car park do so at their own risk. The organisers will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss.

    THE LOWICK JUNCTION WILL BE POLICE CONTROLLED. ANY OBSTRUCTION OR PARKING WHERE THERE ARE POLICE RESTRICTIONS WILL RESULT IN A POSSIBLE PARKING TICKET.

    DO NOT FOLLOW THE WALK ROUTE “OVER THE TOP” OF KIRKBY MOOR.

    From Lowick proceed on the main road (A5084/A590) via Greenodd and on to Ulverston. A “PICK UP POINT” is available at Horrace cross roads. Make your way up on to Kirkby Moor and intersect the route ONLY IF YOU REQUIRE TO PICK UP A RETIREE.

    From Ulverston you can proceed via the A590 to Tarn Flatt, south of the village of Marton to rejoin the walk route. It is appreciated that the walk route from Lowick “over the top” to Marton is particularly arduous and again an official support vehicle has been arranged. This will vehicle collect the lame and take them to the Marton checkpoint, or, if necessary, the First Aid post at the Black Dog junction.

    Lowick Church (CP5 & C2B food)

    Lowick Church Hall and car park

    • Miles to go: 12.04

    Support is provided at Lowick Church, a third of a mile further up the route from the Red Lion. Food is provided here for C2B walkers, who are approaching the half-way point of the C2B route.

    • Toilets - at Checkpoint
    • Drinks - at Checkpoint
    • Food - at Checkpoint for C2B only
    • First Aid - at Checkpoint
    • No support vehicles

    The challenge now starts to get interesting as you face a four-mile steady up hill climb to the route’s highest point on Kirkby Moor. Support vehicles are not permitted along this stretch of the route.

    Rake Cross Roads (CP6)

    Rake Cross Roads

    • Miles to go: 8.90

    The emergence of the wind turbines on the top of the moor indicates you are approaching the summit and Rake Cross Roads Checkpoint gives you an opportunity to rest prior to attempting the final half mile of ascent.

    • Toilets – at Checkpoint
    • Drinks – at Checkpoint
    • First Aid – at Checkpoint
    • No support vehicles

    As you approach the top of the moor the views can be fantastic. Behind you are the peaks of the Lake District, many some 30 miles into the distance where you started your trek.

    Horrace (Pick up)

    Horrace Farm

    • Miles to go: 7.53

    At this point you are now on top of the Moor and is the first opportunity to provide support to your team since Lowick. There is very limited parking for support vehicles, so this point should only be used by support crews to pick up tired or injured walkers who are dropping out of the walk.

    • First Aid - at Horrace
    • Support vehicles only for collecting dropouts

    INTERESTING FACT: As you proceed along the moor, Morecambe Bay can be viewed to the left with Blackpool and the Pennines beyond. To the right is the Duddon Estuary, the Irish Sea and the Isle of Man (Ireland and Wales can also be seen on a clear day). Ahead is the Furness peninsula and the islands surrounding the port of Barrow. The fictional Island of Sodor in the Thomas the Tank Engine stories was based on an amalgamation of Walney Island and the Isle of Man.

    Horrace (Vehicles)

    • OS Grid Ref: SD 260 800
    • Nearest postcode: LA12 7SB
    • Follow blue arrows when arriving, brown arrows when leaving.

    PICK UP POINT ONLY - DO NOT DRIVE THE WALK ROUTE.

    The walk route over the moor is fully supported by First Aid and an Emergency Rescue vehicle. Please use this support point only if absolutely essential.

    Access to Horrace is via Daltongate and Stockbridge Lane in Ulverston. Approach Horrace with great caution as walkers will be crossing the road. Follow the direction of the blue arrows on the above map.

    There is very limited parking available. Please park where instructed by marshals. DO NOT PARK on the main Ulverston road.

    Users of the car parking area do so at their own risk. The organisers will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss.

    Leave the area following the route indicated by the brown arrows on the map.

    Marton (CP7)

    Snipe Ghyll

    • Miles to go: 5.25

    As you start your descent into the Lower Furness area you will reach the rural village of Marton, where you will find the checkpoint at the foot of Snipe Ghyll.

    • Drinks - at Checkpoint
    • First Aid - at Checkpoint
    • Toilets - at Checkpoint
    • Support vehicle parking - Tarn Flatt (about a mile after the Checkpoint)

    Turn right, and carry on through the village towards Tarn Flatt. Continue southwards and via the Black Dog Inn junction towards Dalton.

    INTERESTING FACT: The Marton War Memorial is almost identical to the Lindal War Memorial. Both are carved from Stainton limestone, and carry the names of those from the villages who lost their lives whilst serving in the First World War.

    Marton (Vehicles)

    • OS Grid Ref: SD 238 761
    • Nearest postcode: LA15 8JW
    • Follow blue arrows when arriving, brown arrows when leaving.

    Approach via the A590 junction at Melton Brow, signposted for the Safari Zoo. Continue past the zoo entrance, turn left at the end of the road, and then first right.

    On the south side of Marton village, the Tarn Flatt road is available for parking. Please do not block residential access or field gates.

    Users of the car parking area do so at their own risk. The organisers will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss.

    The roads are narrow and will be busy with walkers, so drive with caution at all times. Driving through Marton village is prohibited.

    BROUGHTON ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM THE NORTH OF DALTON TO THE BLACK DOG INN JUNCTION. ACCESS ONLY TO RESIDENTS.

    Return to the A590 via the same route as for your arrival. Please be considerate to residents, and traffic trying to exit the zoo.

    Dalton (CP8)

    Broughton Road

    • Miles to go: 2.99

    The ancient capital of Furness makes for the last – and much appreciated stop. The checkpoint is opposite the old fire station (now houses) in a grassy space on the edge of the town. There is limited car parking in this area.

    • Drinks – at Checkpoint
    • First Aid – at Checkpoint
    • Toilets – 200m past the Checkpoint at Tudor Square

    Proceed through Dalton, turning right at Tudor Square, and then turning left at the White Horse Inn junction. Keep to the left-hand pavement as you walk down the hill, and continue on the left-hand pavement all the way to the Abbey House Hotel, until directed by police and/or marshals to cross Abbey Road. The last mile can be the toughest of them all. No stopping now though.

    • Drinks - Brown Cow
    • Toilets - Brown Cow
    • Drinks - Stone Trough, Abbey Road

    INTERESTING FACT: One of Dalton's most famous sons was George Romney, who was a talented 18th century high-society portrait painter. He was also a keen scientist, and spent much time practising the art of alchemy (aiming to turn cheap base metals into valuable metals such as gold) with his friend Williamson, a Dalton watchmaker. However, this pursuit came to an abrupt halt when they accidentally blew up their furnace.

    Barrow (Finish)

    Hawcoat Park Sports Club

    • Miles to go: 0.00

    The finish is on the outskirts of Barrow at Hawcoat Park Sports Club on Hawcoat Lane. This is accessed by turning right off Abbey Road at the Glen Garth Hotel. Proceed up Dane Avenue to Hartland Road where you turn left and continue on to Hawcoat Lane, and the finish will be in sight. As you arrive you will be applauded by well-wishers and many other participants with mutual respect for what you have accomplished. Settle down in the club, enjoy your free drinks and soak in the tremendous atmosphere.

    DOGS ARE NOT PERMITTED (except guide dogs)

    • First Aid - in the finish tent
    • Toilets - in the sports club building
    • Changing facilities & showers - in the sports club building
    • Food & drinks vouchers are given to all participants
    • Parking - in the surrounding roads and also Hoops (sports centre) car park on Thorncliffe Road

    INTERESTING FACT: Hawcoat Park Sports Club is an independent "Community Amateur Sports Club", which is owned and managed by its members. It is still known by the local taxi drivers as "Vickers Sports Club", as it was originally operated exclusively for employees of the Barrow shipyard, but this is no longer the case. The club supports a wide range of sports activities and teams, including rugby union, football, cricket, tennis, crown green bowling, shooting, archery, tennis, and table tennis. There are many music and sporting events throughout the year. Indoor and outdoor facilities are available for private hire, and are popular for charity fundraising events, conferences, weddings, and funerals! Membership is open to all.

    Barrow (Vehicles)

    • OS Grid Ref: SD 205 713
    • Nearest postcode: LA14 4HF
    • Follow blue arrows when arriving.

    Hawcoat Park Sports Club,
    Hawcoat Lane,
    Barrow-in-Furness,
    Cumbria,
    LA14 4HF.

    The blue "P" signs on the above map are indicative only, and represent roadside parking areas.

    Please park on Hawcoat Lane or on the nearby roads. Limited parking is available in the Hoops car park off Thorncliffe Road.

    Do not park on the walk route. Car parking at the sports club is reserved for event pass holders only.

    Unfortunately, parking in this area can be quite difficult at peak times, so be prepared to park further away than you would ideally like, and walk to the sports club.

    Users of the car parking areas do so at their own risk. The organisers will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss.

    Do not bring dogs (except guide dogs) into the sports club grounds.

    Route map

    Simple route map

    Phone us

    On walk day only

    In an emergency phone 999 and then 07523 838843

    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 07523 838843.

    Other phone numbers for walk day

    Call us if you need help or advice during the walk.

    Incident Control Centre: Call the incident control centre in an emergency or to report a walker dropping out. This number is printed on the walker lanyards and on the route card. 07523 838843
    Chief Marshal North: John McIntosh is responsible for marshalling on the northern section of the route, between Keswick and Coniston. 07816 682255
    Chief Marshal South: Dave Thompson is responsible for marshalling on the southern section of the route, between Coniston and Barrow 07962 260731
    C2B Start & Central Control Point: Neil Fleming is responsible for the C2B start, and for managing the Coniston incident centre. 07793 425098
    Health & Safety: Kate Grove is responsible for the finish, and event incident control. 07577 065060