The Keswick to Barrow (K2B) Walk is a 40 mile sponsored walking and running event in the English Lake District. Teams of between 6 and 12 members test themselves on a challenging route, to raise money for charities and good causes.
The event is organised by the Keswick to Barrow Walk Committee, whose President is John Hudson, Managing Director of BAE Systems Maritime.
The K2B route starts at Rough How Bridge, three miles south of Keswick, proceeds down the peaceful banks of Thirlmere at the foot of Helvellyn, winds up and over Dunmail Raise, and continues down through the villages of Grasmere and Elterwater.
From there the route passes Yew Tree Tarn before reaching the head of Coniston Water, where the quiet east bank of the lake is followed. There are fine views of Coniston Old Man as the route passes Brantwood, the former home of John Ruskin, then continues through the tranquil village of Nibthwaite before arriving in Lowick.
The most challenging section is the progressive ascent up Kirkby Moor to the highest point of the route. Then it descends through the village of Marton and on via Dalton-in-Furness to the finish at Hawcoat Park Sports Club on the outskirts of Barrow-in-Furness.
There are eight official timing checkpoints, and a number of other locations where participants can obtain free drinks, food, first aid, and support. The fastest runners complete the 40 mile official race in just over 4 hours, and the majority of walkers take between 8 and 12 hours. All finishers receive a completion certificate and a commemorative medal.
Corporate sponsors help the Walk Committee to keep the costs down, and their support is recognised along the route, on the website, and in walk publicity materials.
Trophies are awarded in various categories for individual and team achievements, including fastest runners in the official K2B race, fastest teams, the teams and individuals raising the most sponsorship money, and a special achievement award.
For younger walkers or those who find the rigour of the full K2B route too demanding, we offer the opportunity to participate in a shorter 23 mile Coniston to Barrow (C2B) Walk.
The C2B starts from Coniston Sports Club on the same day as the K2B. The first C2B was in 2010, and the number of entrants has risen each year since then.
Are you up for the challenge?
The K2B is a great community event that encourages participants to improve their fitness within a beautiful environment, whilst making a very useful financial contribution to local and national charities and good causes. Many people and organisations volunteer their time and skills every year to help make the event a success, for example by marshalling, providing first aid, and handing out refreshments.
Download our concise illustrated leaflet, containing information on the walk, sponsorship, marshalling, and other ways to get involved.
K2B leaflet PDF