Age 14 & over
Led by an experienced mountain guide, you'll have a safe and supportive experience as you climb England's highest peak. You'll achieve something amazing and make new friends along the way!
During the trek, you'll be led by mountaineering experts who will guide the group safely up and down the mountain. It is physically demanding, so you will need to have a reasonable level of fitness and be suitably equipped.
Wasdale National Trust Campsite
Meet at the National Trust Car Park, Wasdale, Wasdale Head, Seascale CA20 1EX at 9am on the day of your trek challenge. With a view to returning to the start point by 5pm at the latest. The car park costs £8 for the day (correct at the time of writing), there is a card machine at the camp site next door to the car park.
The ascent path, locally called the Brown Tounge path or commonly the Tourist route, climbs the 900 metres to the summit and covers a distance of 4.5 km (9 km total distance). The first kilometre is general uphill walking that leads to the only stream crossing of any mention using stepping stones; it is very shallow in dry to light rain.
The second kilometre is steeper and on a stepped path, the third kilometre is across an area locally known as Hollow Stones and is an easy angle ascent onto a winding path to an area known as Lingmell Col. The last kilometre starts with a 500 metre steep ascent that eases off to the plateau and the summit cairn.
The route will take between 3 to 3½ hours to ascend and roughly 3 to 3½ hours to descend. The ascent path is in good condition but steep in places, a shallow river has to be crossed using stepping stones. The path is loose underfoot in places.
When you join Team Cats, you’ll get a first-class experience including:
You'll share your trekking experience with a group of likeminded travellers who might even become friends for life! What's more, by raising funds you'll make an incredible difference to the unwanted and neglected cats that need help.
How Cats Protection is helping cats near you
Teams at 34 centres and around 210 branches work tirelessly to help abandoned, unwanted and neglected cats but they couldn't do it without your support.
You're able to choose any local Cats Protection branch or centre to receive 100% of the money you raise from your challenge, helping the cats in your chosen area.
Hike the pike for cats!
14-17 year olds must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
Raise as much sponsorship as you can for Cats Protection
I felt extremely proud to be doing something to support cats along with like-minded individuals who I would never have met in real life if it wasn't for this challenge. Llaura
Cats Protection challenge events are an enormously fun and rewarding way of fundraising. Not only do you get the rush of satisfaction of completing the challenger, but the feeling is doubled as you reach your fundraising target. Paul
From start to finish the adventure has been first class. John
If you're looking for a challenge, I would definitely recommend joining one, or all, of Cats Protection treks. Rhona