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Things to do - outdoor sports in the Lake District

Looking for active relaxation? Enjoy the stunning World Heritage landscape of the Lake District from a different perspective. You can take part, watch or volunteer at many of the events in the region that run across the year, here are a few ideas to get you started. 

If you like to do your running off road, there are a host of fell running competitions to enjoy including Lakeland Trails which offer some of the most inspiring trail running and walking events in the UK, all held within the spectacular landscape of the Lake District National Park. Designed for all ages and abilities from 5km to ultra marathon, they offer a fun atmosphere for both spectators and competitors, with live music, race commentary, food and drink all available at the start and finish. So, whether you're new to trail running, an experienced athlete, or simply looking for an unforgettable day out in the Lake District, a family-friendly, festival atmosphere and some amazing trail running awaits you.

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Cycling and swimming are popular with events such as the classic Fred Whitton Challenge which is a 112 mile sportive around the Lake District, starting at Grasmere and taking in climbs of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott & Wrynose passes.

The Lake District is the ideal base for you to enjoy this year’s OVO Tour of Britain cycle race which takes place in Cumbria on the 6 & 7 September. It’s the first time that two full stages of one of Britain’s top sporting event have been held in one county.  For open water swimming check out the Great North Swim on Windermere and the Epic Coniston Water swim.  

Traditional and more quirky events dominate the Lake District too, namely at the annual Grasmere Sports event, now 168 years-old, where traditional games and sports include the legendary Cumberland Wrestling. The dates for 2019 are yet to be confirmed, but 2018’s event takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday, 26 August. 

Visitors can soak up more mud, fun and games at the Traditional Lakeland Sports event at Ambleside, where more wrestling’s on offer, along with hound trails and races especially for children.  The 'Heart of the Lakes Rydal Round’ is the first race of the day and we're proud to have sponsored the challenging 9-mile fell race at the iconic Fairfield Horseshoe for the past 22 years.