Lakeland Trails in Hawkshead

13th April 2024  –  10k & 16k

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Far reaching views of the Lake District fells, rolling Beatrix Potter countryside and a challenging mile-long climb up an ancient 'Coffin Trail' - Lakeland Trails in Hawkshead has something for everyone.

Starting and finishing at Hawkshead, the 16K Hawkshead Trail Race, 16K Hawkshead Trail Challenge and 10K Hawkshead Trail Run follow circuits along fully marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells. All of the routes take in the infamous, mile long, near vertical, killer climb of the "Coffin Trail"! Underfoot conditions are generally good, particularly for those used to off-road running.


Hawkshead 10k Trail Run

10.45 OR 11:00

A shorter distance event for everyone over the age of 16 on a well marked and marshalled course, with graded runnable climbs and descents. There is a time limit of 2 hours.


Hawkshead Trail Challenge 16k


An event for less competitive runners and Nordic walkers or if you want to take it easy and enjoy the views, this is the one for you. There is a time limit of 3 1/2 hours for the Challenge and to enter you must be at least 18 years old.


Hawkshead Trail Race 16K


For the competitive runner, a well marked and marshalled course with fast, graded runnable climbs and descents for those used to off road running. There is a time limit of 2 hours for the Race and to enter you must be at least 18 years old.


Course Maps & Profiles

Further Information

Hawkshead - Race Day

The comprehensive 2023 Event Guide is available HERE and Start Lists are shown below.

Can you fill your car with someone from your local club or car share? We've set up a Facebook group to help arrange that. Join that HERE and save money and emissions.

Send us a photo / screenshot of your public transport ticket to the event HERE and we'll randomly choose someone for a FREE entry.

Event Timetable

08.45 Car park opens

09.00 Registration opens in the main registration marquee.

10.45 Hawkshead Trail Run 10k Early START

11.00 Hawkshead Trail Run 10k Mass START

12.30 Hawkshead Fun Trails (under 12's - enter on the day)

13.00 Hawkshead Trail Challenge 16k Early START

13.15 Hawkshead Trail Challenge 16k Mass START

14.00 Hawkshead Trail Race 16k START

15.30 Après Trails live music with singer / songwriter Pete Lashley

16.30 Prize giving & spot prize giving

The event requires over 50 marshals and stewards, so if you want to volunteer to help us in any way we would love to hear from you. Check out our volunteers' page for more details.

Start Lists

If you would like to change the contest you are entered into, for example, swapping from the Race to Challenge, please get in contact and we will arrange this for you.

If you want to make a swap on the day, please Register 45 minutes before the earliest of the start times you are swapping from / to.

e.g. Swapping from the Challenge at 1pm to the 10k at 11am, you need to register before 10.15am.

Can you nail the Coffin Trail?

It's a bit of a killer...a brutal mile-long climb through the woods following the ancient corpse road from Belle Grange to Hawkshead.

Why not check out our offical Strava segment HERE and see how you fare...if you survive!

The climb starts at Belle Grange on the shore of Windermere before winding its way through the woods. There's a bit of a respite part-way up so catch your breath before one final push / drag to the summit.

Our segment ends at the crossroads at the Guide Posts. There's still a bit more climbing before the fast, rocky descent back to Hawkshead. Good luck!

Coffin Trail Climb 1 4

Public Transport

With bus prices are capped at just £2 per journey until 30th June, why not relax and take in the views along the route, save on the cost of parking and reduce your carbon footprint?

Hawkshead is on the 505 Bus Route from Kendal and the bus stop is only a minute's walk from the Recreation Ground. You can find the latest timetable HERE

Send us a photo of your public transport ticket for all or part of your journey and we'll award one lucky winner at each event with a FREE ENTRY to a future event. Email your photos HERE

Car Sharing

The environmental impact of travelling by car is much reduced if it's full so why not join up with your friends / running club members to travel together? There's always plenty to do in and around our venue and visiting local businesses helps support them too. Visit our Car Share group on Facebook HERE to start planning!