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24 Peaks Challenge (Circular Route)

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Descending from Scafell Pike

We offer two different versions of the 24 Peaks Challenge: the Linear Route and the Circular Route. This page is about the Circular Route. Click here for the alternative Linear Route.

Increasingly popular, the 24 Peaks Challenge (Circular Route) offers the chance to take on serious mountain challenge, but without the costs associated with the complicated logistics of the Linear Route.

Like its sister, the Linear Route, the Circular Route is also spread over two days; it takes in a total of 33.2 miles with 14,056ft of ascent (53.4km and ~4,284m of ascent) in just 24 hours of walking time. Like the Linear Route, this is a long and arduous challenge too!

Day 1 of the 24 Peaks Challenge Circular Route starts and ends in Great Langdale. We take in the 12 summits below, in one 17.8 mile long push (28.6km) with ~7,927ft (2,416m) of uphill.

  • Leg 1: New Dungeon Ghyll, Langdale – Bowfell
  • Leg 2: Bowfell – Esk Pike
  • Leg 3: Esk Pike – Great End
  • Leg 4: Great End – Ill Crag
  • Leg 5: Ill Crag – Broad Crag
  • Leg 6: Broad Crag – Scafell Pike
  • Leg 7: Scafell Pike – Great Gable
  • Leg 8: Great Gable – Allen Crags
  • Leg 9: Allen Crags – Rossett Pike
  • Leg 10: Rossett Pike – Pike of Stickle
  • Leg 11: Pike of Stickle – Loft Crag
  • Leg 12: Loft Crag – Harrison Stickle
  • Leg 13: Harrison Stickle – New Dungeon Ghyll
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Time to dust off those walking boots!

Day 2 of your 24 Peaks Challenge starts and ends in Glenridding. We take in another 12 peaks over the stages below, with over 15.4 miles (24.8km) of walking with ~6,129ft (1,868m) of uphill.

  • Leg 14: Glenridding – St. Sunday Crag
  • Leg 15: St. Sunday Crag – Cofa Pike
  • Leg 16: Cofa Pike – Fairfield
  • Leg 17: Fairfield – Dollywaggon Pike
  • Leg 18: Dollywaggon Pike – Nethermost Pike
  • Leg 19: Nethermost Pike – High Crag
  • Leg 20: High Crag – Helvellyn
  • Leg 21: Helvellyn – Lower Man
  • Leg 22: Lower Man – Whiteside
  • Leg 23: Whiteside – Raise
  • Leg 24: Raise – Stybarrow Dodd
  • Leg 25: Stybarrow Dodd – Sheffield Pike
  • Leg 26: Sheffield Pike – Glenridding
  • Leg 27: Glenridding – Sheffield Pike




Lakeland Ascents will provide professional mountain guides to look after you and your group as you take on this amazing Lake District challenge. Prices are in the tables below. Each guide can take up to 8 people, so if for example you have 10 people, you will need 2 guides.

Click here to make a booking or to find out more. You can also contact us by telephone on 07702 942980.


Group sizeTotal price shared by whole group
1 - 8£520



Ages and abilities: The 24 Peaks Challenge is an extremely arduous and difficult 2 days. Participants need to be hill fit and used to walking long distances in mountainous terrain. This challenge is significantly harder than the National 3 Peak Challenge. The 24 Peaks Challenge is only suited to adult groups.

Group sizes and ratios: We run private, bespoke guiding for just you and your party. We don’t run ‘open’ sessions like some other providers. We put your safety first so the maximum guide:client ratio that we will work to is 1:8 – if your party is bigger than 8 people then there will be more than one guide.

Accommodation: We recommend booking accommodation in the Ambleside/Windermere area as this is fairly central to the start and finish locations for the challenge.

Kit:  We will share a kit list with you when you book; you will need mountain walking boots and warm/waterproof ‘outdoor’ clothing. 

Times: These are 2 long days. Day 1 starts at around 0600 and ends around 1830. Day 2 starts around 0730 and ends around 1800.