Ennerdale ‘Duathlon’ for CancerCare, The Lake District.

Take on the Ennerdale ‘Duathlon’ for CancerCare, a fully guided hike and stand up paddleboard (SUP) event which involves boarding the full length of Ennerdale Water followed by a hike up three Lakeland peaks. This hike involves climbing a total ascent of 1023m (3356ft), the equivalent climbing higher than Scafell Pike, the highest peak in England!

We base ourselves in Ennerdale, one of the more remote Cumbrian valleys. Ennerdale has a distinctive character of its own with a sense of tranquillity, ruggedness, wildness, a feeling more of Scotland or Scandinavia. It is stunning!

There will be two groups of between 5 and 13 participants, with a total of up to 26 participants. One group starts the SUP first followed by the hike with the other group doing it the other way around.

Ennerdale, Adventure Trails

Overall event difficulty

This is certainly a challenge, however it is also manageable by most who have a reasonable level of fitness and are able to undertake some training.

Stand up Paddleboarding

The stand up paddleboarding section will involve a full tour of Ennerdale Water completing the full length of the Lake. From the water, the views over surrounding mountain are incredible. You also get to appreciate the extensive rewilding programmes undertaken in Ennerdale over the past 20 years. Full instruction is given at the start so you do not need any prior boarding experience. All equipment is provided. Once out on the water it is fully guided and supported by qualified and experienced instructors.

Hike Route

The hike route is 8.5 miles, 13.5km and takes in three Lakeland Peaks; Red Pike, Starling Dodd and Great Borne. All these three peaks are listed ‘Wainwrights’ giving a total ascent to climb of 1023m, 3356ft. Whilst on the high sections of the hike we get to look over Wild Ennerdale, plus over to the lovely Buttermere and Crummock Water. The last few km follow the shoreline of Ennerdale Water. As with the SUP section, the hike is fully guided and led by qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders.

Ennerdale Energiser Duathlon Adventure Trails, British Red Crossi


The Event HQ is Bowness Knott Car Park, Ennerdale.

Inclusions & Exclusions

  • Professional event organisation
  • Qualified Mountain Leaders and Qualified Stand Up Paddleboard Instructors. Full instruction and tuition for the SUP section. All SUP kit and equipment is included.

  • Certificate of Achievement
  • Qualified Outdoor 1st aiders with group 1st aid kit

  • Knowledge & Insight on Mountain Scape & History
  • Personal walking kit (although full kit list is provided).

  • Food and drink
  • Accomodation
  • Travel to and from start

Itinerary & Kit List

Start time will be 9am. Final event details are emailed to you before the event.

Kit List

Hike Section:

Waterproof jacket with hood & waterproof trousers/ over trousers (shell type OK)

Walking boots or shoes or other suitable footwear

Suitable clothing for hiking (not jeans) with wicking properties to keep you dry and comfortable.

Spare warm layer/ additional fleece.




Food/ snacks

SUP Section:


Towel for afterwards

Suitable footwear such as old trainers

(NB, Paddleboard and equipment such as life vest and wetsuit will be provided)

Fundraising Pledge

CancerCare would like you to pledge to raise at least £200 in sponsorship to support their work. CancerCare will give you lots of support and advice in helping you to reach your target as well as show the impact your fundraising will make to people needing to use CancerCare’s services.

About CancerCare

CancerCare has been providing free professional therapy to people dealing with the effects of cancer and bereavement for more than 35 years.

The charity has centres in Lancaster, Kendal and Barrow and offers a wide variety of services including one-to-one counselling, complementary therapy and creative activity groups.

The service is open to family, friends and carers of people with a cancer diagnosis and if someone feels they need support, and meets the criteria, they can refer themselves without first consulting a clinician.

CancerCare has a dedicated service for children and young people with specialist counsellors trained in play therapy. It also runs a weekly peer support group in Lancaster called Re-Fresh which is run by youth workers and acts as a safe space for young people to meet, do activities and have fun with others in similar situations


call: 03330 150 628 (charged at standard rate)

email: [email protected]

text: 07860 018 278