A Bob Graham Round Route

A Bob Graham Round Route

The Bob Graham Round is a fell running challenge in the English Lake District. It is named after Bob Graham (1889–1966), a Keswick guest-house owner, who in June 1932 broke the Lakeland Fell record by traversing 42 fells within a 24-hour period. Traversing the 42 fells, starting and finishing at Keswick Moot Hall, involves 66 miles (106 km) with 26,900 feet (8,200 m) of ascent.

The Round was first repeated, in a better time, in 1960 by Alan Heaton. Since then over 2000 individuals have completed the Round with the fastest time being 12hr 52m set by Kilian Jornet, surpassing by more than an hour, Billy Bland's record which had stood for 36 years. The women's record is 14hr 34m set by Beth Pascall in 2020. The Lakeland 24 Hour record has also been improved with the current holder, Kim Collison, successfully reaching 78 summits in the allotted time.

Don’t panic! We suggest you take a week to complete the challenge. 6 days of walking. A great one for the more experienced walker, who is competent with navigational aids. Following this route opens up to some of the most amazing views across the Lake District (weather permitting). The exact distances and ascent figures below may vary, depending on actual routes taken. Suggested overnight stop-offs may be slightly away from the main route, as remember these competitors don’t actually stop. Either way, you will climb probably the equivalent height of Everest, if not higher in 6 days. Not bad!

StartFinishDistanceAscent
day 1
Keswick
Threlkeld13m, 20.5km
5,249', 1,600m
day 2
ThrelkeldGrasmere
17m, 28km
6,745', 2,056m
day 3
GrasmereGreat Langdale
10m, 16km
3,117', 950m
day 4
Great LangdaleWasdale Head
13.5m, 21.5km
5,906', 1,800m
day 5
Wasdale HeadRosthwaite
14.5m, 23.5km
6,234', 1,900m
day 6
RosthwaiteKeswick
12m, 19.5km
3,445', 1,050m
Total

80m, 129km
30,696', 9,356m

Route information, maps, distances and itineraries are for general information only and should not be relied on for navigation.

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