The Hard Man of Coniston

Bike 64 km, Hike 11 km, Paddle 2 km

A Very Challenging Charity Event in the Lake District

Hiking challengers in the Lake DistrictThis is an epic circular challenge, taking in the best parts of the Lake District on two wheels, two feet, and a paddle. You’ll tackle an endurance testing, 40-mile road cycle route, riding over the Wrynose Pass, summit the Old Man of Coniston (803m) and sprint across Coniston Water, the region’s third largest body of water, in a Canadian canoe.

Are you tough enough to become the hardest man or woman of Coniston?

Group of ladies cycling in a challenge
A Grand Tour of the Lakes – 64km
This is a lung-busting 40-mile circuit through the Furness Fells, surrounded by Lakeland’s finest mountain scenery. Get yourself out of the saddle and your heart pumping as you take on over 5000ft of ascent on quiet mountain roads. The highlight is beasting over the Wrynose Pass and your reward is a thrilling descent through the Duddon Valley back to Coniston Water.
Group of hikers on a challenge
Climb the Old Man – 11km
The Old Man of Coniston is a formidable sight to behold. This Lakeland Fell at 803m above sea level dominates the skyline. You’ll be tasked with taking on a steep ascent to its summit. But, not to worry, after climbing for 3000+ feet of elevation gain, the summit provides an unrivalled view of the Lake District National Park’s finest fells; Helvellyn, Scafell Pike, Blencathra and Skiddaw Little Man, just to name a few. Descend back to Coniston for the final thrill.

Rally Across Coniston – 2km Canoe
Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the water speed record in 1939 on Coniston Water, at a wildly fast-paced, 141.74 miles/hour. While you may not reach these speeds, you’ll be channelling your inner speed demon on a sprint across the water in open Canadian Canoes. A grand finale befit for the hardest man or woman of Coniston!

Canoeing fast across a lake

For charity events

The Hard Man of Coniston is ideal for charity events. It’s a tailor-made challenge and a challenging one at that, so people are often more likely to donate for your cause. As with all of our charity challenges, the event will be privately run by us, so your charitable cause takes centre stage. You can open up the event to others if you’d prefer. Just let us know when you book your challenge.


Number of People Price per Person Book Now
Price for 60-79 people
(private event)
£225 Contact us
to book
Price for 80-99 people
(private event)
£199 Contact us
to book
Price for 100-149 people
(private event)
£169 Contact us
to book
Price for 150 or more people
(private guided)
£159 Contact us
to book


  • Exceptional event organisation (please see our 240+ 5* reviews)
  • Full support, guidance and expertise from planning stages through to the end of your event
  • All equipment for canoeing
  • An excellent ratio of guides and instructors
  • Full public and product liability insurance
  • Detailed risk assessments for every activity we run
  • First aid support
  • Qualified event marshals on the hiking section with 2-way radios
  • Route cards and Equipment lists
  • Sponsor forms and registration pack
  • Fundraising advice
  • Race numbers and timing
  • Fully qualified and experienced instructors
  • Vehicle support and mechanics that can repair or rescue you and your bike
  • Safety power boat
  • A feed station with snacks and refreshments
  • Fully signed out route, ethically managed. Signs are put up in the morning and removed at night.
  • Adventurous Activities Association License (AALA License)
  • Fully bonded tour operator

Frequently Asked Questions

How Hard is It?
This is an endurance challenge. You will need a decent level of fitness and be prepared to put in plenty of training beforehand. It will be a very long day, covering a lot of miles and ascent/descent.

The biking is all on road and you need to be a confident rider. We avoid the busiest of roads for the most part but there will be fast-moving traffic in a couple of places.

You need to provide your own bikes and helmets and we would recommend a road bike or a hybrid bike. Your bike must be well maintained and in good working order and a thorough service beforehand is recommended. You will need to carry a puncture repair kit and pump and you are advised to carry a spare inner tube as well as some basic tools. A cycling helmet is mandatory.

There will be a bike mechanic and support vehicle doing circuits of the route and on hand to deal with any serious repairs or to rescue you.

Canoes, paddles and buoyancy aids are provided and we also have qualified canoeing instructors to brief and help you out. You don’t need any prior experience.

You must have decent footwear, a map, a compass and appropriate waterproof clothing.

Each activity follows a circular route from our main base at Coniston, so you only need to take cycling gear when cycling, hiking gear when hiking and nothing with you when paddling. You can get changed between each activity and all gear can be left in your car at Coniston. We will also have a feed station set up there so you will be refreshed and given snacks. We will issue you with a complete kit list when booking.

Additions to Your Adventure Challenge?

We can provide a full service experience, from providing accommodation, medals, certificates, T-shirts, trophies, goodie bags, transportation (to/from your home location), food and more. Please get in touch if you would like any of these elements added to your next adventure!

Location and Route

The challenge starts at Coniston, close to Ambleside and Kendal in Cumbria.

Map of the entire event

Another map of the challenge

Map of the cycling part of the event

Canoeing fast across a lake

Map of the canoe challenge in the Lake District

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