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Windermere Challenge Route

This intermediate Challenge Route is situated within the beautiful surroundings of the Lake District National Park. The lake is nestled by the lower foothills of the Lake District with higher level fells to the north. At nearly 11 miles long, it is the largest natural lake in England. Remember that being a very popular holiday destination, the area can attract large numbers of visitors throughout the year.

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The Challenge

Challenge Distance Time Type
Paddle the length of Windermere 11 miles 2-4 hours (approx) Intermediate

Why Windermere?

The delight of this Challenge Route is that you can escape the hustle and bustle on shore, and enjoy the relative tranquillity out on the water (although it too can get quite busy in places). There are also plenty of sights and wildlife which can be seen from the water whilst completing the challenge.

With careful, sensible planning and ensuring you follow safety guidance, the Windermere Challenge Route is an enjoyable intermediate level challenge set in beautiful surroundings. Good luck and make sure you read all of the safety guidance within the information pack below before embarking on your adventure!

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Register Your Challenge!

Once you have ventured out and completed the Windermere Challenge Route we’d love to hear from you about your experience. You can do this by registering your challenge with us, in return we will recognise your efforts by sending you a certificate and displaying your time on our national leader board (if you chose this option at registration).

Click here to register your Windermere challenge details

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Below is a full list of all those who have completed the challenge and registered their results with us. The list is in time order, with the fastest completion time at the top of the leaderboard.

Name of People/Person/Club Date of Paddle Time Achieved Notes

Gary Partridge and Oscar Partridge

15th August 2017 1hr 35mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Craig Duff and Steph Roberts

19th August 2016 1hr 41mins Part of 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

Bill Sharpe

15th August 2017 1hr 41mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Paul Postill and Cassie Byers

15th August 2017 1hr 44mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Patrick Kinsella, Richard Snow and Neil Gilmour

8th July 2017 1hr 59mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge in 24 hours

Nick and Dave Watt

1st November 2015 2hrs 1min Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Allistair Swinsco

21st June 2017 2hrs 19mins Windermere Summer Solstice race on a stand up paddleboard

Peninsula Canoe Club

4th July 2015 2hrs 20mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Elaine Nunns

30th July 2016 2hrs 23mins

Steve and Julie Watt

1st November 2015 2hrs 32mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Milton Keynes Canoe Club

30th April 2016 2hrs 40mins Part of 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

Joseph Rosenfeld

August 2015 2hrs 41mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Graham Wells

24th May 2015 2hrs 50mins Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Slea Paddlers (Dane Butler, Richard Aden, Barry Mair, Patricia Matthews, Brian Wardell, Harrison Wardell, Eve Russell, Amy Callaby)

9th April 2016 2hrs 50mins

Andrew Tween and Grant Seaton

29th October 2017 2hrs 55mins

Peter Frost and Stephen Grant

15th August 2017 2hrs 59mins

Patrick and Stephanie Wallace

18th June 2016 3hrs 16mins

Vicky Nield and Richard Taylor

17th June 2017 3hrs 18mins Completed as part of the Windermere Summer Solstice Race

Dan Flanders, Ian Flanders and Oliver Knight

25th August 2017 3hrs 25mins

William, Caden and Oliver Horsley

7th April 2016 3hrs 29mins

Team HC

1st May 2016 3hrs 30mins Part of 3 Lakes Challenge in under 24hrs

Chris and Christine Eves

2nd May 2017 3hrs 35mins

Slea Paddlers (Robert Huckle, AManda Huckle, Matthew Huckle, Ryan Tittershall, Matthew Settle, Joe March, Dane Butler)

29th April 2017 3hrs 45mins

Chris Moore, Ilona Ulme and Kaysee the dog.

3rd Aug 2017 3hrs 45mins Completed as part of the Three Lakes Challenge

The Dowson Family

10th October 2015 3hrs 51mns Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge

Sian Sykes

14th May 2016 4hrs First person to complete the 3 Lakes Challenge on a Stand Up Paddle Board

Roger Chandler

1st October 2016 4hrs 12mins

Shropshire Paddlesport

16th August 2016 4hrs 15mins Part of 3 Lakes AND 3 Peaks Challenge

Katrina Greenall

19th June 2017 4hrs 25mins

Kate Sharples, Barbara Broderick and Ruth

24th May 2015 5hrs Followed the shoreline

Paula Sharples and Alan Blackburn

24th January 2015 5hrs 15mins Extended route by also paddling back

Leam Boat Centre - Children and Adults

22nd September 2016 6hrs 35mins Stopped to explore the islands en route. Part of the complete 3 Lakes Challenge.

Nathan Parry

6th May 2017 8hrs Circumnavigated the lake on a 24.5 mile trip