The Freeman Round                                                    Lakes

Steve completed this circuit of Lakeland fells in June 2013 in a time of 12-36 to mark his fiftieth year. It involved starting and finishing at his favourite pub in Ambleside, re-visiting sections of some of his favourite races and traversing most of a section of the Bob Graham Round. In all it adds up to running some 50 miles, climbing a contrasting mixture of 28 big and little fells and ascending nearly 15000 feet.  It is offered as an informal challenge open to any age group, or as an alternative to the Joss Naylor Challenge but with the added attraction of finishing at a pub!  A full account of doing the round can be found in Steve's book GONE FERAL: Wild in the Woods and Fells of the Lake District.


The route starts and finishes at the Golden Rule pub in Ambleside (GR 376 047)
OS Explorer (1:25000) maps: Use OL 4, OL 5, OL6 and OL7 which cover The English Lakes.



Click on icon to view/print Steve's schedule of actual times.



This is an informal challenge without registrations or time limits.  Why not share your experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners!

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:


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