In days gone by local people walked along the boundary to remember Patterdale’s border. Boys may have been beaten to make fast the memory - hence “beating the bounds”! Other people have walked and run along the Boundary for sport and interest. In this spirit in 1990 the Rector of Patterdale and two local parishioners walked the boundary in 13 hours. In 1992 they invited people to walk the boundary to raise money in sponsorship and donations for Patterdale School and St Patrick's Church. Since then the walk has taken place every year.
Based in the Northern Lake District, Cumbria, England, the route starts at Glencoyne and runs over Greenside, Stybarrow Dodd, Raise, Whiteside, Low Man, Helvellyn, Nethermost Pike, Dollywaggon Pike, Seat Sandal, Fairfield, Hart Crag, Dove Crag, Red Screes, Kirkstone Top, John Bell’s Banner, Stony Cover Pike, Thornthwaite Beacon, High Street, The Knott, Rest Dodd, Place Fell.
The route ends at Patterdale school.
Terrain is varied, mountainous fell with runnable ridges, scree slopes and breathtaking views. The Cumbrian weather will have a huge bearing on this route and can change rapidly.
The inspiration for setting this route came from the Patterdale Parish Boundary Walk website, which can be found here:
I’ll be attempting to set the unsupported fkt on this route tomorrow (Sat 17th Oct 2020) setting off from the National Trust carpark at Glencoyne Bay at 8am GMT.
My spot tracker page for anyone who wishes to dot-watch is:
Weather looks favourable with the wind dropping on the tops and a few dry days this week so hopefully the ground won’t be too waterlogged, so my main concern is hold-ups caused my tourists on the popular single track areas with it being a weekend and obviously having to follow social distancing guidelines in this Covid-affected time