Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk Saturday 3rd July 2010
This year’s Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk will take place on Saturday 3rd July 2010. This is an annual event to raise money for the local Church and village school. This year there are three separate walks, the Main Boundary Walk (30 miles, 10,000 feet of ascent), the 2nd Half Walk (14 miles, 3,500 feet of ascent) and the new Patterdale Parish Walk (7 miles). Pets are more than welcome on the walk, although should be kept on leads when near sheep.
The main walk encompasses the historical boundary of the Parish of Patterdale in the Lake District and covers all the main fells in the area, including Helvellyn, Fairfield, Dollywaggon Pike, and Place Fell. It has been an annual event since 1992 although local people have been walking the route since the boundary was created in 1865. Participants, in teams of 3, do the walk (or run) to raise valuable and much appreciated sponsorship for the local Patterdale Primary School and St Patrick’s Church, which this year is looking to raise enough money for a new Church Roof.
The event is a lot of fun (mixed with pain!) with refreshments provided at Kirkstone Top and Patterdale School at the end of the walk, and the White Lion Pub normally doing a roaring trade in more refreshment in the evening. If you’d like to participate or sponsor someone taking part in this year’s event please visit the Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk website.
The Patterdale Parish Boundary is about 30 miles long and has about 10,000 feet of ascent. The walk starts at Glencoyne Bay and runs over Greenside, Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, Whiteside, Low Man, onto the top of Helvellyn, across Nethermost Pike and Dollywaggon Pike, down and up Seat Sandal to Grisedale Tarn, up Fairfield, across Hart Crag, Dove Crag, up the long drag to Red Screes, down the half way point at Kirkstone Top. From there it crosses the road (the only time in the 30 mile route it does!), up John Bell’s Banner and Stony Cover Pike, up to Thornthwaite Beacon, along High Street, up The Knott, and Rest Dodd, and finally up Place Fell. The walk ends on Ullswater below Kilbert How, opposite Aira Force. Teams then make their way to Patterdale School. It typically takes between 12 and 17 hours to complete (depending on levels of fitness and insanity and whether you are walking, running or staggering!)
Having completed this for the first time last year I can recommend it (I think) as a great way of seeing some of the most stunning fells and views in the Lakes. Despite the pain of walking up and down countless fells, in our case in poor visibility at times, being surrounded by fellow participants made the whole day (and night) an enjoyable one, with much needed refreshment at the half way point and at the end (and in the pub). Please click here for more on our 2009 Boundary Walk.
For those who don’t have the time and insane inclination to start walking at 5 in the morning and finish much much later, you can also do the 2nd Half of the walk, starting at Kirkstone and finishing at the School in Patterdale. This involves a 14 mile walk and about 3,000 feet of ascent – a mere trifling in comparison to the main event! With the exception of the drop down to the bottom and drag up to Thornthwaite Beacon it is a (relatively) benign walk and again provides some great views in all directions, assuming the mist has cleared.
This year for the first time there will also be a gentler 7 miles Patterdale Parish Walk. This is aimed to encourage as many people as possible from the Dale and elsewhere to take part and enjoy the event. The walk starts at the top of Kirkstone and follows the path (not the road) down from Kirkstone towards Brothers water, through Hart sop Hall, and then along the base of Place Fell back to the School.
Please click the link for more information on this years Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk, including how to register for detailed information on the walk, sponsorship forms, photos, a map and much more. You can also sponsor the current participating teams. Please note that all participants in the walk do so entirely at their own risk and are advised to read the advice for walkers before the event. Anyone wishing to take part needs to contact the organisers before the end of June 2010.