30 Wainwrights @ 30                                        Eastern Lakes

On High Hartsop Dodd: the ridge to Little Hart Crag
© Copyright Michael Graham and licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Licence.

Following in the great fell running tradition of celebrating ones passing decades on the hills Andy Blackett (Durham Fell Runners) devised this challenge to mark his 30th birthday.  The object is to visit in one continuous run any 30 of the 214 summits Alfred Wainwright illustrated in his seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells.  No specific route or set of summits is stipulated and other runners are encouraged, if they so wish, to come up with their own combination of peaks in a different area.  Although it is hoped it will be of most interest to younger runners, the challenge can, of course, be completed by anyone of any age.

Andy completed his 30@30 in a time of 9-51 on his birthday in January 2012.  He was joined by his wife and friends on various legs including Jim Mann who ran with him for the full route.  His traverse included 30 of the Wainwright summits located on or near the Ullswater watershed which appear in his first two books - The Eastern and Far Eastern fells.  Andy started near Pooley Bridge and finished west of Dockray clocking up a total of some 36 miles with 3000 metres of climbing.  A full account of Andy's run can be found on his blog - see the link below.


The above route starts at Park Foot caravan park, near Pooley Bridge (GR 469 233) and finishes at High Row, west of Dockray (GR 380 219).  Use in conjunction with OS Explorer (1:25000) map: The English Lakes North-east area.


Andy's blog includes a schedule of summits and actual times - see link below.


This is an informal challenge without registrations or time limits. The only stipulations are that (any) 30 Wainwrights must be visited in one go and timings must be from road to road, not summit to summit. Why not share your experience  on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go! 

Links and Further Information


Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!


All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past three or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.



Please send details and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association.  Email: martin.stone@sportident.co.uk


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