The Grand Tour of Skiddaw is a 44 mile trail ultra race taking in the beautiful Northern Lake District with a climb up the mighty Skiddaw at the approximate halfway point, giving a total of 7136 feet of ascent.

The route is almost entirely run on public footpaths and bridleways, starting and finishing at Lime House School near Dalston. It then follows the River Caldew, winding through fields and woods until you reach Caldbeck. From here, the scenery changes to the stunning and remote feeling Caldbeck Fells, where you make your way past Skiddaw House to the car park at Latrigg. The climb up Skiddaw follows, after visiting the summit you descend via the stunning Longside Edge, then contour round passing through Orthwaite, Branthwaite and Fell Side before the route brings you back to Caldbeck and the return journey to Lime House School along the banks of the River Caldew.


The Grand Tour of Skiddaw takes place on Saturday 24th August starting at 8am. As it’s a Bank Holiday all of our runners are welcome to stay over and bring their dancing feet to the Post Race Party on Sunday night…


The Start and Finish venue is the beautiful Lime House School, Holm Hill, Dalston, Cumbria, CA5 7BX. The school is set in it’s own impressive grounds which will provide parking and camping for our runners for the entire weekend. There will be catering provided onsite, with showers and obviously toilets available.

The Route?

The Grand Tour of Skiddaw is an unmarked route with 3 Checkpoints supplying drinks and snacks and kind words. The checkpoints will be located at Caldbeck Parish Hall, a marquee on land adjacent to Latrigg car park and again at Caldbeck Parish Hall. The runners will be able to leave a dropbag at the start which will be taken to the ‘halfway’ checkpoint and then transported back to the Finish. The runners will be supplied with a written description of the route in the Route Notes which will be printed on waterproof paper and include a marked map, OS 1:50. The route notes, map and gpx file of the route will be available to download. All runners will receive a hot meal and drinks at the Finish.

The Grand Tour of Skiddaw

Enter The Event?

The Grand Tour of Skiddaw is open to runners aged 18 years or over on race day.

Due to the nature of the race we advise that runners are experienced marathon and ultra distance runners with some basic navigation skills. Entries are only available online. There are no postal entries available. You must provide a valid email address for all race correspondence. All online payments are safe and secure.

Online entries will receive an email confirmation of entry. All runners will receive a pre race email approximately two weeks prior to race day with all ‘on the day’ information. All runners will collect their race number at Registration. Entries will close at midnight on Wednesday 21 August

Entry fee:

  • Solo – £40 (per person)
  • Pair – £80 (per team)


Registration will open on Friday 23 August and again at 6am on Saturday 24th. All runners must provide a photo form of id (drivers licence, passport) and their vehicle registration number. All runners will collect their race number at Registration and then proceed to Kit Check. Every runner, including Pairs, must have their Kit checked at Registration; any runner found to be missing any items from the Mandatory Kit List will not be allowed to compete.

Mandatory Kit List?

The following items MUST be carried during the event. There will be a Kit Check for ALL runners pre race and post race spot kit checks. Any runner found not to be carrying the FULL Mandatory Kit List will be disqualified. This rule is for the runners’ safety, which is our main priority.

  • Waterproof jacket and trousers with taped seams. Windproof or showerproof will not be accepted.
  • Hat and gloves
  • Head torch plus spare batteries
  • Mobile phone
  • Route Notes and Map (supplied on waterproof paper)
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Sufficient food and drink. The runners will be self sufficient between Checkpoints


Free parking is provided for one vehicle per runner onsite from Friday to Sunday.

Where to stay?

Free camping is provided for one tent/campervan per runner onsite from Friday to Sunday am. If you’re joining us at the Post Race Party then an additional £5 camping fee will be charged. If sleeping under the stars isn’t your thing then check out or for places to stay locally.


There are prizes for the first, second and third male and female solo runners and the first, second and third pairs. There will be Prize Presentation held in the Sports Hall on Sunday 25 th August

Post Race Party?

Cram your feet into your dancing shoes (or lounge about with your feet up, we don’t mind) and join us at the Post Race Party! BBQ/DJ/Band, we haven’t decided yet but it’ll be a chance to let your hair down, replace those lost calories and swap race stories! The Party/Sunday night camping is an extra £5, which needs to be added to the online entry payment.

First Aid?

First Aiders will be available at the Start/Finish and there’ll be mobile First Aiders around the route.


The team from Sportsunday Event Photography are the official photographers for The Grand Tour of Skiddaw. They’ll be out on the route so smile nicely! You’ll be able to view and buy any images at


We regret that runners are not allowed to run with their dogs. This rule has been enforced by the Lake District National Park Authority due to the SSSI nature of Caldbeck and Ulldale Commons.


The Grand Tour of Skiddaw and Lime House School both support the Eden Valley Hospice, who provide high quality specialist palliative care for those with a life limiting illness. A passionate and dedicated team combined with a friendly environment contribute to the effective control of symptoms and the relief of distress. Online donations will be available during the online entry process.


The race results will be posted on the Results section of the website the day after the race.


We will be happy to offer a 50% refund of the entry fee up until 2 months prior to The Grand Tour of Skiddaw or a transfer to the following year. After this time we regret that we will not be able to provide any refund, transfer or credit either in part or in full, whatever the circumstances of the entrants’ non attendance.

For more information please contact Pure Outdoors Events direct here.