HIGHLANDER Adventure, Lyra Format, 1 Day – The Ultimate Hiking Festival in the Lake District

HIGHLANDER Adventure, Lyra Format, 1 Day - The Ultimate Hiking Festival in the Lake District

£ 59

Howtown, Penrith

HIGHLANDER Adventure, Lyra Format, 1 Day – The Ultimate Hiking Festival in the Lake District
Beginner & Intermediate & Advanced
Multi-Day
Minimum age: 10
Howtown, Penrith
Max. group size: 4
Cancellation: Firm
Minimum booking size: 1
£ 59

Activity Highlights:

Discover the majestic heart of Cumbria through this unique festival. Designed to engage all your senses, the event offers an exceptional opportunity to connect with nature, providing comprehensive logistics and a memorable hiking route. Experience the breathtaking views of Scafell Pike, the highest mountain, and Wastwater, the deepest lake. The trail challenges your athletic skills, yet with adequate preparation and embracing the event’s spirit, it’s a conquerable feat.

This festival in the Lake District comes in three distinct formats – Hercules, Pegasus, and Lyra – each varying in length but united in offering a diverse range of activities. Participants can enjoy everything from music and yoga to various workshops, fostering interaction and immersion in this lifetime adventure.

  1. Hercules: A 100-kilometer, 5-day journey (£379)
  2. Pegasus: A 50-kilometer, 3-day expedition (£249)
  3. Lyra: A 25-kilometer, 1-day adventure (£59)

Lyra: 25 kilometres, 1-day adventure

Date: 7th July 2024

Inspired by the harmonious lyre from Greek mythology, Lyra represents balance and harmony, qualities reflected in this one-day adventure. It’s the perfect quest for bold adventurers who may be short on time but not on spirit. Dive into the adventurous essence of England’s Lake District with an exhilarating one-day challenge that’s designed to push you to your limits. Lighten your load by leaving behind the heavy backpack and tenting gear. On this journey, you’ll carry only the essentials in a small backpack, with everything else provided at checkpoints and the finish line.

Festival Program

After a day filled with the physical challenge of hiking, indulge in a variety of activities designed to relax your body while nourishing your mind and soul. The event team has curated a diverse program, including music, yoga, and various workshops, all aimed to complement your adventurous spirit.

These activities offer a great opportunity to forge deeper connections with fellow hiking enthusiasts and make new friends. If you prefer solitude, the event provides the perfect setting to learn something new and practice it amidst the natural expansiveness of the Lake District.

A detailed festival program in advance of the event!

What Are You Waiting For?!

Don’t miss out on the adventure of a lifetime! Register now to join us for an unforgettable experience at this festival. Embrace the challenge, connect with nature, and become part of a community of like-minded adventurers. Book your spot today and start preparing for an exhilarating journey through breathtaking landscapes. Secure your place in this unique event and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime.

Act now, the mountains are calling!

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What's Included:

Registering for the event brings not just excitement and a new adventure into your life, but also a commitment to enhance your physical and mental health.

As we aim to launch this event globally, you'll have the chance to visit more iconic locations worldwide in the future. Along your journeys, the never-ending support from our community will always be with you.

Here's what's included when you join us:

  • Mountain Safety Team: To ensure your safety throughout the journey.
  • Varied Food Packages:
    • Cooked Meals at Certain Checkpoints: Savor the most delicious local dishes, celebrating the amazing location with the best ingredients.
    • Backpacking Food: Enjoy great-tasting food focusing on freshness and flavor from Tactical Foodpack with no added preservatives or additives – it’s all-natural and homemade-feeling. (Excluded in the Lyra format)
    • Ready-to-Eat & Easy-to-Prepare Food: Includes some of the best non-GMO meals made with fresh vegetables and extra virgin olive oil, such as high-quality Adriatic sea sardines in olive oil from Podravka and MOMA porridge, a perfect gluten-free breakfast.
    • Beverages: Start your day at the event with coffee and tea, and enjoy various refreshments at the campgrounds like water, coffee, tea (The Brew Company), non-alcoholic beer, and Hop water (Athletic Brewing).
    • Snacks: Including Real Meal energy bars, fresh fruit, and much more.
  • Educational and Entertainment Activities: Each campground features educational lectures and workshops on various topics, mountain safety education, yoga sessions, live music, stargazing, etc.
  • Luggage Storage: Hand over your luggage before the start and find it safe at the finish of the event.
  • Exclusive Memorabilia: A unique backpacking pin for finishers, a special event patch, a signed finisher certificate from the CEO, a hiker tag, luggage tag, a GPX map, and an event passport with all essential information. (Physical map excluded in the Lyra format)
  • Transportation Pre-Event: For the Pegasus and Lyra formats, from Park Foot Holiday Park to the start.
  • Lifelong Memories: Form lasting friendships, gather cool stories, show off your photos, and cherish memories forever.

Additionally, registering for the event automatically makes you a member of our exclusive club, offering various benefits. Join us for an experience that's more than a hike—it's an adventure of a lifetime!

What's Not Included:

  • Tent, sleeping bag, gear
  • Gear rental
 

Facilities

Car parking available
Lunch included
Pets Welcome
Overnight Parking (free)
Overnight Parking (paid)
Lunch available on-site
Toilets

Group Size of 4 and above: 25% discount

Discounts

Discounts

Group Size of 4 and above: 25% discount

Frequently Asked Questions

Checklist: Lyra Format

Items market with (MI) are mandatory items!

  • Backpack:
    • Backpack (up to 35l)
    • Rain liner/cover
    • Dry bags (2-5l)
    • Ziplock bags
    • Trash bag (provided by organiser) (MI)
  • Food & Drinks:
    • Trail food (provided by organiser)
    • Snacks
    • Start water (3L) (MI)
    • Hydration bladder/water bottles (volume 3l) + water (MI)
    • Biodegradable hand sanitiser or soap
    • Food pot & cutlery (MI)
    • Matches or lighter
  • Navigation:
    • Map and trail instructions (provided by organiser) (MI)
    • Map cover
    • Compass (MI)
    • GPS device
    • Mobile phone with navigation app
  • Light:
    • Head torch/flashlight (MI)
    • Extra batteries
  • Clothes:
    • Warm clothes layer (MI)
    • Base layer
    • Spare underwear
    • Rain shell
    • Hiking socks
    • Bandana/hat
    • Gloves
  • Personal Items & Gear:
    • Watch
    • Duct tape
    • Trekking poles
    • Gaiters
    • Knife
    • Pen and paper
    • Phone/camera
    • National ID card or passport
    • Money
    • A copy of itinerary left with family or friends
  • Hygiene & Protection:
    • Toilet paper – biodegradable
    • Light towel
    • Lip balm
    • Insect repellent
    • Sunscreen
    • Sunglasses
    • First aid kit (MI)

We ask that you please adhere to our following rules:

1. Mandatory Items

The essential gear of participants may be inspected in the starting area prior to the event’s commencement. Those without the necessary equipment, either at the beginning or during the event, face disqualification and will not qualify to receive the event’s Pin, Patch, and Certificate.

There is a detailed packing list provided above, with mandatory items indicated.

2. Shared Equipment

Equipment sharing is permitted among groups of up to four individuals. However, the entire group must finish within 30 minutes of each other, from the first to the last member. Groups planning to share equipment should notify the organizing staff during the event week registration. Organisers may conduct equipment checks before the event starts. Participants who lack the required equipment at any point, whether at the start or during the event, will face disqualification and won’t be eligible for the event’s Pin, Patch, and Certificate.

Shared equipment may include:

  • Tent
  • Portable stove (gasoline, gas, or alcohol)
  • Compass
  • First-aid supplies, including bandages, adhesive tape, adhesive bandages, stretch bandages, sterile gauze, antiseptic, repellent, and pain relievers.

3. Additional Luggage

You have the option to leave your extra luggage with us. Drop it off at registration and retrieve it after you finish. However, please be aware that the organiser is not liable for any valuable items.

4. Physical Preparation

Enhance your experience by being well-prepared for the adventure. This self-supported event traverses remote and challenging terrain in the Lake District mountains. While logistical support is provided, your well-being and navigation skills are crucial. We advise gaining some mountain walking experience and basic navigation skills before attending. The lengths of the journey vary, typically ranging from 5-12 hours, so maintaining a good fitness level and a strong spirit is key to making the most of your adventure.

5. Violation of the Rules

Participants are subject to disqualification in these situations:

  • If teams sharing equipment finish more than 30 minutes apart.
  • Interfering with staff checks on gear compliance.
  • Lacking essential equipment.
  • Littering on the trail.
  • Starting fires.
  • Using mountain lodges, huts, or similar facilities for sleeping or cooking.
  • Taking equipment from such facilities.
  • Bivouacking outside designated camping areas.

6. Food

During the registration process, each participant can choose their diet preference, and the organizer will provide 14 meals accordingly. Both vegetarian and vegan options are available for the event in the Lake District. Meals, designed to meet the average daily nutritional needs of an adult, include cooked food, dehydrated food, pre-made meals, spreads, cheese, cold cuts, and bread, and will be distributed at checkpoints.

Participants are responsible for their own snacks and any additional food they might need. It’s advised to bring snacks, dry fruit, and similar items to complement the meals provided.

Keep in mind that there are no stores or supermarkets within the Lake District National Park, so it’s best to stock up in advance. More detailed information about the provided meals will be shared closer to the event.

7. Drinks

It’s essential to bring a minimum of 4 liters (1 gallon) of water to the starting point. Staying hydrated is crucial, so ensure you always have sufficient water with you.

While there will be ample drinking water provided for each day of hiking, we do not supply containers for carrying it. Please bring your own water bladders or bottles. Water refills will be accessible at all checkpoints during their operational hours.

Please note that mountain water is not safe for drinking. Therefore, it is necessary to use water purification methods, such as tablets, drops, or filters, to make it safe for consumption.

8. Bivouaking and Sites

Participants have the freedom to select their bivouacking location within the event site. Due to regulations against wild camping in the UK, bivouacking is permitted exclusively within designated bivouacking camps located at or near the checkpoints for each event format.

For practicality and safety, sleeping arrangements are limited to tents only. The use of tarps, bivouac sacks, or hammocks is not permitted.

Additionally, starting fires is strictly forbidden. Using mountain lodges or huts for lodging, cooking, or borrowing equipment is also prohibited.

9. Time Limits

While this event isn’t a race, it does operate within a set time frame. Participants who successfully collect all stamps and reach the finish line before it closes will be awarded their event Pin, Patch, and Certificate.

10. Fire

Campfires are strictly prohibited in the wilderness areas of the Lake District National Park. It’s crucial to remain vigilant about the risks of fire at all times.

For cooking food and preparing hot drinks, personal gas stoves are permitted.

11. Littering & Waste

Trash bins are provided at the bivouac camp checkpoints. Strictly no littering or pollution is allowed, and any violation will lead to immediate disqualification.

For restroom needs, participants can use the facilities available at checkpoints, huts, hostels, and similar locations.

12. Dogs

Dogs are welcome at this event, but they must be leashed at all times. There is no additional registration fee for bringing your dog.

Please ensure you bring your dog’s food along with you.

Owners are responsible for managing their dog’s waste and behavior throughout the event.

13. Withdrawal

Should you need to withdraw while on the route, it’s essential to proceed to the nearest road or a safe location. Withdrawal is not feasible on mountain tops, as we lack the resources for mountain evacuations. If you find yourself in such a situation, contact our helpline for guidance on descending the mountain. Adequate preparation, including mandatory gear and the ability to navigate with a map and compass, especially in foggy conditions, is crucial.

Mountain rescue services should only be contacted in genuine emergencies. For serious injuries or if you’re unable to walk and out of cellular range, report the situation at the nearest checkpoint via other participants or the organizers, so emergency services can be alerted. In cases of major incidents with cell service, dial 9-9-9.

If you choose to withdraw from the event, you MUST IMMEDIATELY inform the event organiser by email or phone to avoid triggering a Search & Rescue operation.

Participants who withdraw are responsible for their own transportation back to checkpoints or the parking area. The organiser bears no responsibility for participants’ withdrawal.

Please kindly note that the organiser reserves the right to modify the rules.

This event is organised and run by a dedicated team experienced in outdoor adventures and hiking expeditions. They specialise in creating challenging yet rewarding experiences for participants, focusing on safety, environmental respect, and community building. They run events globally, and know how to put on an incredible festival!

At adventuro, we are proud partners of this event and work closely with the team who run it. The adventuro founder will also be in attendance and can’t wait to meet you there!

Registration and Transport at Check-In

For those participating in the Pegasus and Lyra formats, the start location differs from the check-in area. We provide transport from Park Foot Holiday Park (check-in area) to the starting points. Buses will depart from Park Foot Holiday Park, ensuring a smooth journey to the start. Please note, participants are responsible for arranging their transportation to the check-in location.

Mandatory Check-In Process

A few days before the event, you’ll receive an email with your BIB number and a QR code, essential for the mandatory check-in. Keep an eye out for the schedule of the mandatory check-in. If you have additional luggage, inform our staff during check-in, and they’ll guide you on the next steps.

Food and Water Details

The event caters to both meat and vegan dietary preferences, which you can specify during registration. It’s crucial to bring your own water supply to the start, with a minimum recommendation of 4 litres (1 gallon). For detailed information on food and water, please refer to the event rules.

Transport to the Start and Start Times

Post mandatory check-in, Pegasus and Lyra participants will be transported to their respective starting points:

  • Pegasus: From Park Foot Holiday Park, Pooley Bridge to Stool End Farm, Langdale.
  • Lyra: From Park Foot Holiday Park to Low Bridge Farm End.

The timetable for transportation and the schedule for start times will be announced shortly. As part of our commitment to your safety, we may check your equipment at the start

You have to collect all the checkpoint stamps to receive the HIGHLANDER title.

Checkpoints are open every day in the periods specified for individual checkpoints.

During checkpoint working hours, our staff will assist you in obtaining your HIGHLANDER checkpoint stamp, water, and food.

Participants can collect their event checkpoint stamp, along with water and food, during specific times allocated for each checkpoint. The operational hours for these checkpoints will be announced as the event date approaches.

Please note that if you fail to obtain the checkpoint stamp, you are disqualified and are not entitled to the HIGHLANDER title, Pin, Patch, or Certificate. The participant is the only one responsible for collecting the stamp at each checkpoint.

This event is much more than a leisurely stroll. To fully enjoy our trail, pre-event conditioning is crucial (we suggest 200 km of hiking in the months leading up to the event). It’s also important to test your gear for functionality before embarking on your journey.

The Lake District’s climate is varied, even in summer. Expect wet, mild weather, with summer temperatures typically ranging between 10°C and 19°C, though they can reach up to 26°C. Be prepared for different altitudes and corresponding weather changes, including possible 4°C temperatures with 45 mph winds at the summit.

Packing Right

Your backpack might get heavy, so practice carrying a load between 5-7 kg, gradually increasing to 15-17 kg. For the Lyra format, aim for a maximum of 10 kg. Ensure your hiking shoes are well broken in, and consider ultralight backpacking techniques. Pack only essential items, favoring natural materials like merino wool for its quick-drying, anti-fungal, and anti-odor properties. Aim for a fully packed backpack weight of under 17 kg (10 kg for Lyra), excluding food and water.

Mountain Essentials

Expect rainy conditions with high humidity and cooler nights. Pack accordingly with both dry weather and rain clothing, including a cap or hat, gloves, a long-sleeve t-shirt (preferably wool), hiking and rain pants, and a rain jacket. You’ll need LPG or alcohol/gasoline for reheating food. Familiarise yourself with reading GPX maps and using a compass for navigation. For Hercules and Pegasus, a special physical map will be provided. Carry a first aid kit for safety.

Respect for Nature – Leave No Trace

Littering is strictly prohibited; bring a waste bag for your litter and adhere to the leave-no-trace principles.

Littering can result in disqualification and future event bans.

Preparation and Fitness

While logistical support is provided, your welfare and navigation skills are crucial. Gain mountain walking experience and basic navigation skills beforehand. Most legs will take 5-12 hours, so a good fitness level and a strong spirit are key.

Dog-Friendly Event

Dogs are welcome but must be leashed at all times. You’re responsible for carrying their food, waste removal, and managing their behavior.

Absolutely. We welcome everyone, including individuals, couples, families, and groups of friends.

If you wish to join as a team, you will need a team leader.

What’s great about registering as a team of four is that we have a 3+1 offer meaning that one of your places will be free.

If this is you, send the adventuro team a message in the chat and they will help you to organise this and discount your booking accordingly.

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