Skiddaw House was not a checkpoint the time I did this as an organised event - it wasn't really a race as such, just a good day out but there were some prizes and a bit of competition. But there was food provided at Skiddaw House if you wanted it, so on that occasion it was optional if you visited it or not. I didn't, taking a more direct line towards Skiddaw. Things might have changed since then.
The checkpoints were the summits of Carrock Fell, Blencathra, Skiddaw, Great Cockup and High Pike - High Pike was an extra summit added when the brewery started producing a beer of that name, but it wasn't really out of the way as the event itself started and finished at the pub.
Traditionally the round was run or walked as an anytime thing, visiting the summits in any order/direction/route you wanted, but without the need to go via the pub! After lots of trial and error we found that an anticlockwise round starting at the top of Swineside seemed to work well.
Last edited by Mark G; 28-02-2017 at 07:16 PM.
The route was slightly different last time from the one Mark describes. Great Cockup was omitted, thus reducing the comedy potential of the event significantly.
Instead, we dropped off Skiddaw to Great Calva, and then on to Knott and High Pike.
I'm also pretty sure that Skiddaw House was a checkpoint rather than an optional refreshment point.
Up to Skiddaw, the summits were the same: Carrock, then Blencathra via Foule Crag.
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Thanks for the info. Must say that if Great Calva and Knott are not cp's then I wouldn't necessarily be looking to go over the top of them...
Fantastic area and I'm looking forward to it already. Spent a decent amount of time in the vicinity during the xmas period... Did BG leg one, following day the standard up and down Skiddaw, and the next day a long trot from Mosedale back to Keswick (not seeing a soul between Mosedale and Skiddaw House)...