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The Lake District Superstars Challenge 2022

Challenge level: 3 out of 5

When can I go?

27 May 2022 On Sale
Duration 1 day

What does it cost?

Registration fee (payable today) Info £99
Remaining amount
Total commitment Info

The Lake District Superstars Challenge 2022

Get the best experience of England’s largest National Park as you climb the mighty Scafell Pike, kayak the glacial Wast Water lake and cycle a stunning 20-mile loop through the Lake District – all in one day!

There’s a reason the Lake District attracts adventurers from all over the world. Every yard of the National Park promises pristine natural beauty. Ancient woodland, spectacular mountaintop panoramas and sparkling tarns, lakes and reservoirs!

Our Superstars Challenge gives you the chance to experience it from all angles while conquering a full-body workout. Rising with the sun, you’ll take on Scafell Pike and reach England’s highest peak at 3,208.7ft/978m before the dew has dried on the grass below.

Descending on the same path, you’ll swap your hiking boots for bikes for a spectacular cycling stretch. You’ll ride approx. 20 miles through the stunning scenery the Lake District is renowned for, from the banks of Wast Water to the peaceful parish of Gosforth and the lush farms of Wellington.

Looping back to the lake, you’ll have just one challenge left. Your legs will get their rest as your arms take the lead and you paddle approx. 1.5 miles across Wast Water, the deepest lake in the country!

No kayaking experience is needed and we’ll provide you with everything you need, with our challenge guides ready to help you out at the drop of a paddle.

Climbing out on the other side, you’ll cross the finish line to collect your well-deserved Superstars Challenge medal and a glass of prosecco!

What is the Superstars Series?
The Dream Challenges Superstars Series is a collection of awesome, multi-activity challenges in bucket-list UK destinations. With three in 2022 and two more to follow in 2023, participants can take on one challenge or complete all five to conquer the series.

At the end of each Superstar Challenge, you’ll be rewarded with a bespoke medal and if you manage to conquer all five challenges, these medals will form a star!

Your itinerary

Day 1
Challenge Briefing - Wasdale Head

Join us the night before our challenge at our accommodation in the beautiful hamlet of Wasdale Head, nestled between some of England’s highest mountains: Scafell Pike, Great Gable, Kirk Fell and Pillar.

You have all day to make your own way to our accommodation, where registration opens at 5pm. Our tents will already be set up, but please bring your own sleeping bag. We’ll send all participants the full details of the campsite and how to get there as the event draws closer.

Our Dream Team will welcome you upon your arrival and you have a chance to meet your fellow participants, before an exciting briefing on the challenge ahead, starting at 7pm.

We finish the evening with a fantastic welcome dinner, before a great night’s sleep ahead of the big day tomorrow.

Saturday 31 August | Day 2
Challenge Day

Rising bright and early to a fresh breakfast, you start the day climbing the spectacular Scafell Pike. An intense warm-up beckons as you take on the highest mountain in the UK. It’s no small feat, but the panoramas reward you well, especially when you reach the top.

Standing at approx. 3,208.7ft/978m, you can see right across the Lake District, all the way to Snowdonia and the Mourne Mountains. Bidding the mountaintop panoramas goodbye, you follow the same trail back down the mountain and reunite with your cycling gear at our challenge base in Wasdale Head.

Now it’s time to hop on your bikes for a stunning approx. 20-mile/32.2km cycle through the National Park. You’ll head south-west through the mountain valley along the banks of the glacial Wast Water and across the Santon Bridge to Holmrook. From here, you veer north to Gosforth and Wellington, where you finally turn back towards Nether Wasdale and Wast Water. The ride is tough and undulating, but with the constant incredible mountain scenery, you’ll enjoy every pedal of the way.

Finally, you reach the end of the circuit back at Wast Water, ready to kayak to the finish line! No kayaking equipment or experience is necessary, just some wet water gear and the ability to swim in cold water. Our team will be by your side the whole time. We’ll kit you up with a kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid and give you some quick training before you launch into the lake.

Your legs get their rest as your arms take the lead and you paddle our approx. 1.5 miles/2.4km buoy-marked course on the lake, ending back at our challenge base. Climbing out on the other side, we’ll welcome you across the finish line with your well-deserved Superstars Challenge medal and a glass of prosecco.

You can freshen up with a hot shower and tonight, we celebrate with a delicious dinner and rest another night at the campsite.

Of course, you are also welcome to make your own way home after dinner or to make your own accommodation arrangements, rather than staying another night at the campsite with us. Simply let us know in advance.

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Funding options

Sponsorship

Pay your registration fee and then commit to fundraising a minimum target for your chosen charity.

£398

Minimum sponsorship target

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £99, which is used to administer the challenge.
  • Fundraise the minimum sponsorship target of £398 for a charity or animal sanctuary of your choice at least 6 weeks before your challenge.
  • Providing you have raised the funds, the charity you are supporting will pay the challenge costs of £199 on your behalf.
  • The challenge costs cover accommodation, meals throughout the challenge, repatriation by vehicle to accommodation if required, kayak equipment hire, clearly mapped-out cycling, trekking and kayaking routes, medal and t-shirt, and full challenge support, including mechanical support and a team of outdoor-remote-first-aid trained challenge guides.
  • Please note that not all charities are happy to commit to the minimum sponsorship option. If you choose this option, we contact the charity you want to support on your behalf. If they are not happy with the minimum sponsorship option, we’ll let you know as soon as possible.
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Self Funded

Pay your registration fee and your challenge costs yourself.

£199

Pay the balance

  • Pay a non-refundable registration fee of £99, which is used to administer the challenge.
  • Pay the challenge costs of £199 yourself at least 6 weeks before the challenge.
  • The challenge costs cover accommodation, meals throughout the challenge, repatriation by vehicle to accommodation if required, kayak equipment hire, clearly mapped-out cycling, trekking and kayaking routes, medal and t-shirt, and full challenge support, including mechanical support and a team of outdoor-remote-first-aid trained challenge guides.
  • Choose to fundraise as much as you can for the charity, hospice or animal sanctuary of your choice or make a personal donation.
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FAQs
The Lake District Superstars Challenge 2022

This challenge is open to all fitness levels, providing you train beforehand. We will have a timer so feel free to test yourself and race ahead or take it at your own pace.

Cycling approx. 20 miles (32.2km) on undulating terrain, trekking an approx 3,208.7ft/978m mountain and kayaking approx. 1.5km in one day is very achievable but no small feat.

The more you train, the more you will enjoy the challenge. It is a great incentive to train and get fit, whilst exploring the famous Lake District and making loads of new friends.

No kayaking experience is needed for the challenge and we don't expect you to train for this part, just as long as you can swim in cold, open water.

We will have qualified instructors at the lake, who will give all teams a briefing before you get into your boats. A team of outdoor remote first-aid trained challenge guides will always be at hand.

Please don't be! The majority of people will sign up on their own and our Dream Challenges are renowned for the amazing camaraderie and lifelong friendships made as our groups take on these incredible feats together.

Once you've signed up for the challenge, we'll send you a link to a private Facebook group for everyone registered for The Lake District Superstars Challenge 2022.

Please feel free to use this space to swap questions, advice and updates with your fellow participants on your training and fundraising.

You may also want to reach out to the other group members to see if there's anyone in your local area you can meet up to train and fundraise with.

Absolutely. We encourage solo participants and teams alike to join us for the challenge.

Our Dream Challenges are renowned for their camaraderie, so it's a fantastic opportunity to strengthen bonds between teammates and/or make new friends there.

Join us with your friends and family or take it on as a corporate challenge and show your commitment to corporate social responsibility while having the time of your life. You could even take this opportunity to raise funds for your charity of the year.

Your registration fee (£99) and challenge costs (£199) include:

  • First aid support from our outdoor-remote-first aid-trained event staff.
  • Parking at our start/finish venue - we will send all participants the details ahead of the challenge.
  • Two nights' accommodation*.
  • Drinking water throughout the challenge (but please bring your own water bottle).
  • Meals, including dinner on Day 1, all meals on Day 2 and breakfast on Day 3.
  • Repatriation by vehicle if required.
  • Full event management and support - the Dream Team are on hand from the moment you sign up for the challenge to provide any help you may need and answer any questions.
  • Fully qualified, highly experienced, knowledgeable and fun mountain, cycling and kayaking leaders who can also provide expert instruction to guide you through each activity.
  • Carefully mapped out trekking, cycling and kayaking routes, taking in the best of the Lake District.
  • All equipment for the kayaking section will be provided for you along with safety instructions.
  • A glass of prosecco at the finish line.
  • Your Lake District Superstars Challenge 2022 medal and t-shirt – complete the full Superstars Series to collect all five medals that come together to form a star.
  • Discount on your next Superstars Series booking.

*We provide tents, but please bring your own sleeping bag and roll mat.

Please bring your own bike and helmet, along with a spare inner tube.

You'll be cycling on clear, undulating tracks through the National Park, so we recommend that you use a hybrid or mountain bike for this challenge. You are also welcome to take part on an e-bike.

If you need to hire a bike, please get in touch with us and we can raange this for you at an additional cost. Simply email us at events@dream-challenges.com or call us on 01590 646410 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm).

You will begin and end each section of the challenge at our base in Wasdale Head, where you can safely leave any gear you're not using.

Therefore, there's no need to carry anything except for a day bag with things like your water bottle, phone/camera and anything else you want to have to hand.

 

No kayaking experience or equipment is necessary, except for some waterproof kit. To ensure your safety, you do need to be able to swim in cold, open water; but we don't expect you will need to swim.

We will kit you up with a kayak, paddle and buoyancy aid and our experienced kayaking guide will give you some quick training before you launch into the lake. Our fantastic, outdoor remote-first aid-trained challenge guides will be there the whole time, ready to help you out at the drop of a paddle.

A bike and a cycling helmet are essential and we advise that you have walking boots or fell running shoes for the hiking element of the challenge.

You must also have appropriate waterproof clothing for the canoeing section. We'll provide all the kayaking equipment, including kayaks, paddles and a buoyancy aid.

Please also bring your own sleeping bag and roll mat.

Need to hire a bike?
Bikes are not included on this challenge, but we will be happy to arrange bike hire for you at an additional price. Simply get in touch with us at events@dream-challenges.com or on 01590 646410 (Mon - Fri, 9am - 5pm).

You need to be 18 years old or over to take part in this challenge. There's no maximum age limit. One of the amazing things about this challenge is that it brings adults of all ages and from all walks of life together for one amazing event.

16 and 17-year olds may participate if given permission by the Dream Challenges team. Please get in touch with us to discuss this. Simply email events@dream-challenges.com and we'll be happy to help.

Of course! You are welcome to opt out of camping with us the night after the challenge if you would rather make your own arrangements or head home in the evening.

Simply let us know ahead of the challenge. Please note though that there will be no reduction in your challenge costs if you decide to do this.

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