This page provides a brief overview of walk day arrangements for the Keswick to Barrow (K2B) Walk and Coniston to Barrow (C2B) Walk, particularly to assist friends and family of walkers. If you are participating in the event as a walker or as a formal team supporter, it is essential that you familiarise yourself with some of the more detailed information contained elsewhere on the K2B website. In particular, walkers should refer to ROUTE DESCRIPTION and EVENT INSTRUCTIONS. Team supporters should refer to SUPPORT DOCUMENTS, where you can download a detailed Team Support Handbook, Support Vehicle Number template, and a Team Support Arrangements Form.
How and when to arrive at the start
The easiest way is to catch a "Happy Bus" according to our published schedule, but you must book this in advance. If you're making your own way to the start, make sure you allow plenty of time as the traffic at the start can be quite heavy. Walk start times are as follows:
- 0530 - 0630 for K2B walkers and runners
- 0830 - 1000 for C2B walkers
There is strictly no parking at the K2B start. It is essential that vehicle drivers follow the instructions of marshals to drop off walkers efficiently and keep traffic in the area flowing smoothly.
The C2B start is at Coniston Sports & Social Centre. Shepherds Bridge Lane will be completely closed to road traffic. There is strictly no parking in the lane or at the social centre.
Coniston Sports and Social Centre, Shepherds Bridge Lane, Coniston, LA21 8AL.
In Case of Emergency (ICE) phone 07523 838843
In case of emergency, if a threat to life is posed, a crime is in progress, or a serious accident has occurred, call 999, and then call ICE. Please also call ICE if you are dropping out of the walk and are unable to inform an official locally, so that walker records can be updated and assistance can be co-ordinated if required. The ICE number is printed on walker lanyards.
Meeting walkers at Checkpoints
At most checkpoints there are parking facilities for support vehicles. Supporters can check on the progress of individual walkers and teams by asking the checkpoint operator to look up this information. It is very helpful if you know the walker's team name and team number. There is no access for support vehicles to Checkpoint 2 at Elterwater, Checkpoint 4 at Water Park, and Checkpoint 6 at Rake Cross Roads. These restrictions are to protect the safety of walkers on particularly narrow or awkward sections of the route, and will be enforced by police and marshals. For full details of support vehicle routes, checkpoint locations, etc, please download and print the Support Vehicle Instructions document from the K2B website, see SUPPORT DOCUMENTS.
Only assistance dogs are permitted on the Happy Buses and at the finish line at Hawcoat Park.
Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club, Hawcoat Lane, Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, LA14 4HF.
Finish times vary enormously, depending on many factors, such as the fitness and experience of the participant. The fastest runners complete in about 4.5 hours. The slowest walkers complete in about 16 hours. The vast majority of walkers on both the K2B and C2B complete between mid-afternoon and early-evening.