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The postponed 2020 Keswick and Coniston walks will be taking place on the 18th September.

We'll be re-opening registration in June  for co-ordinators to add new teams and additional walkers to teams. As well as to take registration fees for those who haven't paid yet (fees paid in 2020 will roll over) - Please Note we are awaiting the Government announced on the next phase of Covid easing before re-opening our on-line Registration Payment system.

Coordinators can modify their teams today. You can remove walkers or swap walkers up to your current registered team size.

If you are currently in a team but your coordinator can no longer administer the team, please contact us at registration@keswick2barrow.co.uk

Please see our updated FAQs for more infomation

 

Revised timings for September 2021

As daylight hours will be shorter than in May, we'll be making some changes to timings to reduce the risk of walking on dark roads. As such, the Kewick walk will be starting at 06:00 and the dollowing cut-off times will be in place.

Coniston     13:00

Lowick        16:00

Rakes         18:00

Marton      19:00

Dalton       20:00

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.

The challenge

The Keswick to Barrow (K2B) Walk is a sponsored walking and running event in the English Lake District. Teams of between 4 and 12 members test themselves on a challenging route, to raise money for charities and good causes. The Keswick to Barrow Walk is a company limited by guarantee (registered in England and Wales - Company registration number 11074719) and registered with The Charity Commission (Registered Charity Number: 1176475).

The K2B route starts next to the car park at Legburthwaite  Keswick, proceeds down the banks of Thirlmere at the foot of Helvellyn, winds up and over Dunmail Raise, and continues down through the villages of Grasmere and Elterwater. From there the route passes through The Langdales and Coniston village, before reaching the head of Coniston Water, where the quiet east bank of the lake is followed. There are fine views of Coniston Old Man as the route passes Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, and then continues through the village of Nibthwaite before arriving in Lowick. The most challenging section is the progressive ascent up Kirkby Moor to the highest point of the route. Then it descends through the village of Marton and on via Dalton-in-Furness to the finish at Hawcoat Park Sports Club on the outskirts of Barrow-in-Furness. There are eight official timing checkpoints, and a number of other locations where participants can obtain free drinks, food, first aid, and support.

The fastest runners complete the 40.0 mile official race in just over 4 hours, and the majority of walkers take between 8 and 12 hours. All finishers receive a completion certificate and a commemorative medal. Corporate sponsors help the Walk Committee to keep the costs down, and their support is recognised along the route, on the website, and in walk publicity materials. Trophies are awarded in various categories for individual and team achievements, including fastest runners in the official K2B race, fastest teams, the teams and individuals raising the most sponsorship money, and a special achievement award.

The Coniston to Barrow Walk

For younger walkers or those who find the rigour of the full K2B route too demanding, we offer the opportunity to participate in the 21.1 mile Coniston to Barrow (C2B) Walk. The C2B starts from Coniston Sports Club on the same day as the K2B, and shares the same route as the K2B down to Barrow. The first C2B was in 2010, and the number of entrants has risen each year since then.