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60th Anniversary Cumbrian Centurion Challenge 100–Launch

   Words by tcsh

   on 15/01/2019 14:17:51


Since 1981 The Climbers Shop has hosted the log book for the Long Distance Walkers Association Cumbrian Centurion Challenge also known as The Trident Way. This is a high level route for experienced walkers but the beauty is that as long as your take in the three (Trident) peaks of Helvellyn, Skiddaw and Scafell and cover 100 miles on the ground then whatever route or timeframe you take to complete it is entirely up to you. If scrambling is your thing there are plenty of opportunities to make it a technical adventure, if not then there are plenty of footpaths that allow for keen walkers to complete the challenge around some of the most beautiful scenery the Lakes has to offer.


Only 121 people have taken on the challenge since 1981 with the first and youngest Centurion being a mere 9 years old! Don’t be fooled into thinking that this challenge is a doddle though – oh no! There are plenty of those original challengers who came back to sign their entry as abandoned with comments on the abysmal weather, getting lost, getting benighted and generally having a miserable time of it. The majority though, are charged with adrenalin and sheer delight at having risen to the challenge and completed their 100 mile Lakeland Three Peaks.

Centurion Book History & comments

Most of the Centurions so far have completed the challenge as a five day backpacking trip but if you fancy something a little more relaxed you could opt to B&B or even walk a section over a weekend to complete it across the whole year if you wish. The choice is yours – simply pop into our Ambleside shop to sign in the book and record your route with some photos using #climbersshop60CCC to share on social media if you wish. Once you have completed your 100 miles simply come back into our Ambleside shop to sign out of the book and receive your commemorative cloth sew on patch and Climbers Shop Anniversary Enamel Badge.

Full details are held on the LDWA website or you can pay a small fee to download a full route description, photos and route cards at Adventure Guides UK. Better still, you can do your own thing and plan your own route for free! Why not sign up to our Strava club to keep track on your progress and share routes? Or you could sign up to our newsletter for updates on our special “Anniversary Walks” where you can join members of our staff team along the route along with some very special guests to chat about equipment and our passion for the hills. There will be exciting “Academy Days” too, where those wishing to venture into scrambling can tackle one of the more technical sections with a skilled Guide from ISM. Finally, there will be……PRIZES!!! Share your journey around the Cumbrian Centurion Challenge with us on social media using the hashtag #climbersshop60CCC for a chance to win some great prizes from our one of our key suppliers Mountain Equipment.

So, what are you waiting for? Use the winter evenings to get planning, put in some training, grab your pack and join The Climbers Shop community on our 60th Anniversary Cumbrian Centurion Challenge!

You will need the following Maps:

OS Landranger 89,90,96,97

OS Landranger Active 89,90,96,97

OS Explorer 4,5,6,7

OS Explorer Active 4,5,6,7

Alternatively it is possible to squeeze almost all of a route onto the AA Central Lake District 2 map which is also available in a laminated version.

You can buy your maps here!

Please note: Attempting the Cumbrian Centurion Challenge 100 is entirely at your own risk. Please be aware and follow the country code and respect all requests to keep dogs on leads so they cannot harm livestock. The Lake District is for all of us to enjoy.



One of our Directors Cathy decided to re-discover backpacking – you can read about her Centurion experience here:



If any of you centurions are planning to complete the challenge without the weight of a backpack then our lovely friends at the Salutation Hotel in Ambleside have come up with some great special offers to help you stay fresh as you wander over the fells.

The Salutation is a wonderful four-star Lakeland hotel and spa perfectly situated in the centre of town with free on-site parking included in your discounted room charge. The spectacular views and warm, friendly service are standard, and you definitely won’t be going hungry with their award-winning breakfast they even offer a wee nip of highland malt to put on your porridge! But don’t worry if cereals, fruits, yoghurts and breads are more your thing, you will be pleased to hear that they are all included in the price of your room, including a hearty Westmorland grill to set you up for a day on the Lakeland fells.

After your day on the hills, or indeed – as part of a special treat on completing your 100 miles, you could opt to make use of the fabulous state of the art techno gym and relaxing spa leisure facilities. These include sauna, steam room, crushed ice fountain, tropical shower, indoor swimming pool and a luxurious outdoor spa offering a tailored mix of natural and holistic treatments. Please see the hotels website for full details. Optional full day packages include a two-course lunch, full use of all the leisure facilities, towel, robe, slippers and a complimentary drink after your treatment.

The Salutation hotel are pleased to offer Centurions a 20% discount for midweek stays or 10% discount on Friday/Saturday bookings off the Classic double room rates below:

20% 10%
Date Sun-Thurs Fri-Sat
Until 31.03.2019 £140 £161
01.04 – 30.06.2019 £153 £180
01.07 – 31.10.2019 £171 £188
01.11 – 23.12.2019 £144 £167

Please see the hotel website for full details or call 015394 32244 to book.

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