K2B Team Support
These instructions have been prepared with the support of Cumbria Constabulary, who have previously expressed their concern for the safety of walkers, resulting from the actions of some less responsible support vehicle drivers.
The support vehicle routes are directed at preserving the walk’s low accident record, and avoiding traffic and walker congestion on the sections of the walk route which are known to be potentially hazardous. Marshals (on foot and on motorcycles) will be in attendance to control the walk, and their directions must be followed.
The instructions on this page are a brief summary. For more detailed instructions with route maps, please visit the following page: THE WALK / TEAM SUPPORT / SUPPORT DOCUMENTS.
Approaching the K2B Start
APPROACH THE START SLOWLY AND WITH CAUTION
The walk start is at Rough How Bridge, a short distance from the end of the dual carriageway on the A591 at the north end of Thirlmere (see Fig 1).
At the K2B Start
DO NOT PARK OR DROP OFF WALKERS ON THE MAIN HIGHWAY
Just to the north of the walk start, off the south-bound side of the carriageway, there is a lay-by which must be used to drop off walkers. Entry to this lay-by will be at the northern end, around the bend in the main road towards Keswick. Exit will be from the southern end.
To reduce congestion, support cars are to drop off walkers in the lay-by and immediately leave the start area, and if necessary await walkers on the main road on the summit of Dunmail Raise.
K2B Start to Grasmere (Checkpoint 1)
DO NOT DRIVE ALONG THE WEST SIDE OF THIRLMERE (WALK ROUTE)
Follow the main road to the summit of Dunmail Raise where adequate parking exists. DO NOT STOP at the intersection where the walk route joins the main road.
Proceed to Grasmere village by the main road. Use the most southerly of the three branches off the main road to avoid the village centre. DO NOT FOLLOW the walk route between Dunmail Raise and the village.
Use the large car park on the right of Stock Lane, just after the turn off from the main road (A591). It has public toilets and is only a few minutes walk from the checkpoint.
Grasmere to Monk Coniston (Checkpoint 3)
DO NOT FOLLOW THE WALK ROUTE
Avoid Elterwater completely, as there are no parking places for support cars, and the police will issue parking notices if required.
Follow the A591 to Ambleside, and then the A593 to Coniston. Proceed on the main road through Coniston Village to the top of Coniston Water and on to Monk Coniston. A field has been provided next to Checkpoint 3 for parking, which is marked out and controlled by marshals. Please be patient and follow the marshals instructions, as this area can be very busy.
Monk Coniston to Lowick (Checkpoint 5)
DO NOT FOLLOW THE EAST SIDE OF CONISTON WALK ROUTE
From Monk Coniston proceed via the main road on the west side of the lake to Lowick and the Red Lion Inn. Here a field has been provided and marked out for parking and MUST be used.
This route avoids the road on the east side of the lake completely. We appreciate that it is a long stretch for the walkers, so we have arranged for an official support vehicle to patrol the section and render assistance where required. Anyone needing medical attention will be brought down to the first aid unit adjacent to Lowick Church Hall.
Lowick to Marton (Checkpoint 7)
DO NOT FOLLOW THE WALK ROUTE “OVER THE TOP”
From Lowick proceed on the main road via Greenodd and Ulverston to Marton to rejoin the walk route. Please park as instructed by local signposting and marshals.
Again, it is appreciated that the walk route from Lowick “over the top” to Marton is particularly arduous and an official support vehicle has been arranged. This will collect the lame and take them to the Marton Checkpoint, or if necessary, the to first aid post at the Black Dog.
Beyond this point no significant hazards exist.
Parking at the Finish
The finish is at:
Hawcoat Park Sports and Social Club,
Car parking: Please park on Hawcoat Lane or on the surrounding roads, except in locations where parking restrictions apply. Limited parking is available in the Furness Academy car park off Thorncliffe Road. Parking within the Hawcoat Park Sports Club grounds is reserved for officials and emergency services.
Car parking at the Sports and social Club is limited to pass holders only. Car parking is available at Furness Academy, signs direct you to the car parks via Thorncliffe Road, this is to the rear of the Sports and Social Club. Entrance to the Sports Club is by the rear gate which is off the footpath between the school car park and the Sports Club grounds.