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The Lakes 24                                                             More Ultra Routes

This route of 71 miles and 29,200 feet, devised and completed by Chris Upson, won the FRA Long Distance Award in 2003.  It ascends 24 Marilyns in 24 hours.  The start is at Martindale Hause, near Ullswater and the finish is on the summit of Swinside not far from Derwentwater.  The term 'Marilyn' was conceived by Alan Dawson in his book "The Relative Hills of Britain" which defines it as a hill with a drop of at least 150 metres, or roughly 500 feet, on all sides, in a similar way to the Scottish Corbetts.  This ignores absolute height, the distance from other hills and topographical merit to give a list of more significant, individual hills. It also excludes what some might consider to be "soft touch" hills that feature in some of the UK Big 3 rounds and their extensions.

As a worthy alternative to the Bob Graham, The Lakes 24 brings variety, objectivity and a fresh perspective to a view that may have become a little blinkered over the years.  Surprisingly it has still to be repeated!

 

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Schedule

 

Click on the icon to view a schedule of the inaugural traverse made in June 2003.

 

Completions

There is no formal register but Chris Upson would be pleased to hear of any attempts and successful completions  Email: chris.upson@yahoo.co.uk.

Links and Further Information

o   Lakes 24 - Chris Upson's webpage with a map, route profile and a schedule of his actual times.

o   A fun day out on the fells - an article for The Angry Corrie by Chris on his successful attempt in 2003 together with background information.

o The Relative Hills of Britain, Alan Dawson, (Cicerone Press, 1992) - tables of Marilyns for England and Wales.

o   www.mountaindays.net - a comprehensive database of all UK mountain summit lists including the Marilyns.

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