|Date||Sunday 9th August, 2020|
This scenic route crosses Askham Fell and the Lowther Valley. It is a fully marked 13 mile route with about 1400ft of ascent. The route has about 3 miles of tarmac and the rest is mostly open country with grassy and gravel tracks, also about two miles crossing rough pasture.
The route climbs through Askham village onto the fell to Heughscar Hill where you will find the first SPORTident timing station. The route turns south and descends to the Cockpit and onwards across the valley of Heltondale to Butterwick. You will get your feet wet when you ford the River Lowther! A stiff climb follows onto Knipe Scar to the most southerly point on the course and the second SPORTident timing station. From here the route turns north across the grassland of Lowther Park to Whale. A track above the river Lowther leads you to the finish at Lowther Castle.
Although there are a few short but flattish sections on rough ground, we think that trail shoes will be more suitable than fell shoes and the fastest runners could even consider wearing trainers. It depends on the conditions underfoot. You must come to the event equipped with a lightweight raintop and full leg cover which we will ask you to carry if the weather is wet.