Route: 23 Before Tea

Submitted by petefner on Mon, 10/10/2022 - 12:55pm
United Kingdom
38 mi
Vertical Gain
15,000 ft

Full description and history can be found on the website: 23 Before Tea: a new challenge for runners in the Lakes - Elterwater Hostel | The Lake District

In brief: Based in The Lake District, England, the circuit, taking in 23 Wainwright peaks in a continuous loop from (and back to) the Elterwater Hostel, was originally conceived as a shorter, possibly more achievable, homage to Paul Tierney’s record-breaking Wainwright round in 2019. Using the map of Paul’s Wainwrights’ route (devised by Steve Birkinshaw, the previous record holder), and placing the hostel at the centre, a circular route was planned which could be done in a day, and be back in time for tea.

This is a serious fell running challenge with much of the route off-piste, and incorporating some mammoth ascents and descents on rugged, technical terrain.

Original attempts at the round took in the 23 Wainrights of: 

Black Crag

Holme Fell


Swirl How

Great Carrs

Cold Pike

Pike O'Blisco


Loft Crag

Pike O'Stickle

Harrison Stickle

Pavey Ark

Thunacar Knott

Sergeant Man

Blea Rigg

Silver How

Seat Sandal


Great Rigg

Stone Arthur

Heron Pike

Nab Scar