2018 Team Support Handbook, version G, 7th May 2018. Three pages removed. Aerial views removed from printed version. Added "No support vehicles" warnings. No need to re-print if you have already printed version F.
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
- 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.
This year, the K2B will start near the top of Thirlmere, and will follow the east side of Thirlmere until joining up with the normal route west of the A591 at Steel End. Previous participants will be aware that the walk route normally follows the road to the west of Thirlmere. Unfortunately, this road is blocked due to fallen trees and landslides caused by the "Beast from the East". We plan to return to the west of the lake in 2019.
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.
Make sure that you pay to park in any Lake District National Park 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).