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Grade 1

About the challenge

This is a long, tough day which serves as a demanding challenge with excellent opportunities for adding team-building or competitive elements. The sense of achievement and camaraderie at the end will be unforgettable!

The itinerary

DAY 1:

After getting acquainted with our bikes we ride out alongside the famous lake of Derwentwater, heading towards the beautiful Borrowdale Valley. Reaching the end of the lake, we cross the River Derwent and head back on the west side. Leaving our bikes at the Catbells trailhead we start walking uphill and along the ridge. We reach the summit at 451m where we admire views over Derwentwater, Borrowdale and back to Keswick before we descend by a different route back to the lake. We then pick up our canoes and head out onto the open expanse of Derwentwater where there are several islands to navigate before returning to shore, re-joining our bikes and cycling back to Keswick to revel in our achievements

Detailed information

What's Included?

The cost includes lunch and snacks; bikes and canoes (with all safety equipment and instruction), and full trip support of Discover Adventure leaders.

What's Excluded?

The tour cost does not include personal travel insurance (optional), cycle helmet (compulsory), extra food, drinks, souvenirs or personal items, or entry to any optional tourist sites you may wish to visit. We strongly recommend you carry a credit card in case of personal emergency.


Accommodation is not included but there are plenty of options in the area if you wish to organise accommodation.

Dietary Requirements

Being vegetarian or having other dietary requirements is not usually a problem provided you let us know well in advance. If you know there are plenty of foods you cannot eat you may wish to bring extra snacks from home so you can top up your energy supply. Please feel free to ask us for advice.

Trip Support

Discover Adventure Crew

Your trip will be led by experienced Discover Adventure leaders. Our leaders are selected for their experience in harsh wilderness environments, knowledge of travel in remote areas, friendliness and approachability, sense of humour and ability to safely and effectively deal with any situation that arises. You are in very safe hands with a Discover Adventure leader.
All our leaders are from the UK or other English-speaking countries. Most work for us on an ad-hoc basis and have ‘real’ jobs in-between trips! We never send our leaders to the same destination for months on end – we want them to be as enthusiastic about your trip as you are. The number of crew and support vehicles looking after you will depend on the final size of your group. At Discover Adventure we pride ourselves on our high leader: participant ratio and believe it leads to greater trip enjoyment as well as excellent trip safety.


You should bring a small daypack to carry for items needed during the day.

Trip Safety

Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with radios and mobile phones, medical kit and other safety apparatus where necessary. They always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. Our leaders are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration – such as compulsory medical questionnaires – is all done with your safety in mind.

Preparing for the challenge

Challenge Information


The terrain on Haystacks is mainly stony with some loose rocks and stones, though there may be some grassy or muddy sections which could be slippery in wet conditions. Paths are generally very good. There are steep inclines both up and down. We cycle on good tarmac roads. The canoeing is in Canadian canoes on Derwentwater. Full instruction and safety briefings will be given for all activities; no technical knowledge or previous experience is required. The environment we pass through needs the respect of all its users to be preserved. Please walk and cycle on the path surface rather than on the vegetation growing beside it, don’t remove stones from the paths and don’t take short-cuts. Please follow the Countryside Code.
We are always happy to talk through the trip in more detail with you if you are worried about your fitness at any stage.


The lakes and mountains that make up the Lake District National Park are stunning and beautiful on a good day, but this can give a false sense of security. The weather can change rapidly during the course of a day, and the mountains are very exposed. This can have an impact on your comfort and safety, especially if you are ill-equipped. In bad weather keep close together as a group, and keep an eye on your surroundings. Mist, falling rain or snow and wind can confuse your sense of direction. If you are poorly dressed for bad weather, exposure can rapidly deplete your concentration and energy. Be well-equipped and keep a regular check on your location.

Clothing & Equipment

We are trekking through varied terrain and could be exposed to bad weather at any time so be prepared for all weathers and temperatures. Weather conditions can change quickly in the UK! We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.

Fitness Levels

Our challenges attract people of all levels of experience and fitness, all ages and backgrounds. We expect all participants to train hard in advance to achieve this challenge, but we respect everyone’s limits. We design our challenges so that everyone can go at their own pace: this is not a race. For logistical and safety reasons we sometimes need to re-group, so the front-runners will find themselves waiting for the slower ones. Please relax, and remember that this is a team effort that enables people to achieve their personal goals and earn sponsorship.


We insist that you have had a tetanus injection in the last 10 years.

Worldwide Sustainable Tourism

Long before ‘Responsible Tourism’ became a recognised phrase, we designed and ran our trips to ensure they made minimum impact on the environment and a positive impact on the local communities we pass through.  AITO, our Trade Association, has recognised the work we do in this area and has awarded us 5 stars as a Responsible Tour Operator.

Discover Adventure Projects

We are supporting a tree-planting project in Peru and a children’s home in Tanzania on a long-term basis. If you would like to ‘give something back’ please consider donating £5 to our projects when you sign up. Please see our website for more details.

Carbon Offsetting

We encourage all our customers to offset emissions connected with their trip. You can offset at any time in the lead-up to departure by visiting Climate Care via our website and making a donation to a worthwhile project supported by them. Alternatively, if you wish to take more practical action in the UK you can volunteer for a day with The Conservation Volunteers and work on an environmental project local to you. Work may include construction footpaths, dry stone walling, creating wildlife habitats or planting trees in your community. Volunteer today at or call 01302 388883.

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