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24 Peaks Challenge (Linear Route)

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The Langdale Pikes from The Band

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

The 24 Peaks Challenge is spread over two days and takes in a total of 35 miles of walking with 13,000ft of ascent (56km and ~4,000m of ascent) in just 24 hours of walking time. This is a long and arduous challenge for sure!

Day 1 of the Linear 24 Peaks Challenge starts in Buttermere and ends in Great Langdale, this is a similar route to the 10 Peaks Challenge. We take in the summits below, in one 19 mile long push (30km) with ~7,700ft (2,350m) of uphill.

  • Leg 1: Buttermere – Red Pike
  • Leg 2: Red Pike – High Stile
  • Leg 3: High Stile – High Crag
  • Leg 4: High Crag – Green Gable
  • Leg 5: Green Gable – Great Gable
  • Leg 6: Great Gable – Scafell Pike
  • Leg 7: Scafell Pike – Broad Crag
  • Leg 8: Broad Crag – Ill Crag
  • Leg 9: Ill Crag – Great End
  • Leg 10: Great End – Esk Pike
  • Leg 11: Esk Pike – Bowfell
  • Leg 12: Bowfell – Stool End Farm
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Day 2 of your 24 Peaks Challenge takes in another 13 peaks over the stages below, with nearly 16 miles (26km) of walking and 5,500ft (1,600m) of uphill.

  • Leg 13: Kirkstone Pass – Red Screes
  • Leg 14: Red Screes – Dove Crag
  • Leg 15: Dove Crag – Hart Crag
  • Leg 16: Hart Crag – Fairfield
  • Leg 17: Fairfield – Dollywagon Pike
  • Leg 18: Dollywagon Pike – Nethermost Pike
  • Leg 19: Nethermost Pike – Helvellyn
  • Leg 20: Helvellyn – Lower Man
  • Leg 21: Lower Man – Whiteside
  • Leg 22: Whiteside – Raise
  • Leg 23: Raise – Stybarrow Dodd
  • Leg 24: Stybarrow Dodd – Watson Dodd
  • Leg 25: Watson Dodd – Great Dodd
  • Leg 26: Great Dodd – Grovebeck Fold



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 table below. Each guide can take up to 7 people, so if for example you have 10 people, you will need 2 guides.

Due to the linear nature of this route (i.e. each day starts and ends in different places) you cannot realistically leave your own car at the start and return to it later, so a dedicated driver who doesn’t go on the hill or private transport is essential. To save money and simply these logistics, take a look at the 24 Peaks Challenge (Circular Route).

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 - 7£600
> 7Get in touch for a price



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 1:7 – if your party is bigger than 7 people then there will be more than one guide.

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

Transport: A dedicated driver who doesn’t go on the hill or private transport is essential. To reduce costs and simplify logistics, take a look at our popular alternative route, the 24 Peaks Challenge (Circular Route)

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 0500 and ends around 1800. Day 2 starts around 0700 and ends around 1630.

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