Mountain Journeys

Trail, Mountain and Sky Running

Trail, Mountain and Sky Running

Trail, Mountain and Sky Running

Trail, Mountain and Sky Running

Bespoke Guided Runs

Our guided trail, fell and sky runs are a worry free way of getting those miles in on the trails and fells of the Lake District.

Simply come along, get your trainers on, enjoy the views and have fun!

With our expert local knowledge and a huge choice of routes and variety of terrain to choose from, we find the routes that best suit you.  Tell us what you want from the run, what experience you have and how far you want to run and we’ll put a plan together.

Our bespoke guided runs are for individuals, couples and small groups of up to 4 people.

What kit to bring on your runs?

  • Trail or fell shoes (e.g. Inov8, Salomon, La Sportiva)
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket and trousers
  • Hat or buff & lightweight gloves
  • Bum bag or running vest to carry kit in.
  • Energy bars/gels
  • Small drinks bottle

Mountain Journey

What we can offer

​The styles of running we offer are:

Trail running
–  these routes will be predominantly in the valleys and stay on good tracks most of the time. There will be a mix of bridleway and footpath and a reasonable amount of elevation gain can be expected. A circuit of Loughrigg Fell is an example of a trail run. This is 10km and has around 300m of ascent.

Fell / mountain running – characterised by longer ascents and higher mountain terrain, sometimes on vague paths. A local shorter route is Wansfell Pike, whilst a typical longer route would be the Fairfield horseshoe at 16km and around 1000m of ascent.

Sky running – this has increased in popularity in recent years and is the next step from Fell running and involves elements of rocky ridge running.

Depending on the route taken, expect some walking too. The classic Lakeland route is Striding and Swirral Edges on Helvellyn. This can be started from various locations but around 12km and 1000m of ascent can be expected. We know many more sky running routes that are less exposed, for those not having a head for heights.


                                                       1 – 2 people         Up to 4 people        

​Short runs (up to 2 hours)                    £70                           £100
Half day runs (up to 4 hours)               £100                         £150

​Skyrunning prices start at £120

Bookings are now being taken. Please contact us to check availability and discuss your requirements.

Mountain Journey

Kate Ayres

About your guide – Kate Ayres

Alongside my mountaineering skills and qualifications (see about us) I am a UKA/FRA Fell Running coach.  I have run and raced for many years starting with road and cross country as a member of Wilmslow RC but quickly found enjoyment in running on trails and fells.

I have lived in Ambleside for 16 years and am a member of Ambleside AC one of the top fell-running clubs in the country.  I am one of the founder coaches of Ambleside AC’s successful junior section coaching the children every week on Loughrigg fell. I also captained the ladies team in 2013, one of several years they won the British and English fell running Championships and have been part of the successful Vets team for several years.

I spend the winter months in Spain and so get to enjoy running in the beautiful mountains of Costa Blanca!

We occasionally use other local running guides. All are regular fell runners and will be qualified in mountain craft as well as 1st aiders.

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I agree to the following payment terms:

  • Deposit of 50% of total cost upon booking and final balance payable prior to commencing course.
  • Total value of course is due if booking less than 30 days before the route / activity begins.

Payment details will be provided by email following receipt of this form.

In consideration of Mountain Journeys allowing me to take part in and engage in any adventure activity, I hereby acknowledge and declare as follows:

  1. I confirm that I am over the age of 18 (if under 18 you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian at all times and they sign below on any child’s behalf).
  2. I agree to be bound by and obey these terms and conditions and all other rules, regulations and conditions of Mountain Journeys and its officials, including those rules, regulations or conditions contained in this Disclaimer and any other applicable safety rules.
  3. I acknowledge that I owe a duty to myself and others whilst engaging in any activity provided by Mountain Journeys to ensure that I do not take any action or step to do or fail to do anything as to endanger my safety and/or the safety of others.
  4. I confirm that I will not attempt to repair, modify or tamper with any equipment provided to me for any purpose whilst engaging in any activity and will comply with all instructions in relation to the safe and proper use of such equipment.
  5. I will not, whilst engaging in any activity provided by Mountain Journeys, use any equipment other than those provided to me by Mountain Journeys without the consent of a representative of Mountain Journeys.
  6. I acknowledge that engaging in an activity provided by Mountain Journeys can be physically and mentally demanding and confirm that I am in good health and know of no reason, physical or mental why I could be unable to engage in such activity.
  7. I agree to pay to Mountain Journeys a sum equivalent to the new value of the item plus an administration charge of £50 if I fail to return to Mountain Journeys any equipment provided to me for the purpose of engaging in any activity.
  8. Cancellations will be subject to a minimum cancellation charge of £50 per day. Cancellations made within 7 days of the activity date will be subject to the full rate agreed for activities and no refund can be given.At our discretion we may offer an alternative date at no additional charge.
  9. I acknowledge that engaging in the activity provided by Mountain Journeys may be dangerous. I therefore recognise that engaging in any activity is at my own risk. I confirm that Mountain Journeys is entitled at any time for whatever reason to deny me access and/or engagement in any activity. I will not hold Mountain Journeys or any of its representatives responsible for any illness, loss, injury or death sustained before, during or after participation in an activity provided by Mountain Journeys
  10. I confirm that I understand the necessity to take out insurance for the activity.
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