Mardale Magic is Cumbria LDWA’s successor to the Three Rings Of Shap and takes place on Saturday 30 September 2017.  It is live on SiEntries and can be accessed via the following link:


This is a challenge event which will start and finish at Shap Memorial Hall (NY 564151).  The statistics for the event are 34.5 km (21.4 miles) and 1,064 metres (3,490 feet) of ascent.  There will be manual time recording, entrants will be provided with waterproof event numbers.  From Shap Memorial Hall the route is Wet Sleddale Reservoir, Mosedale Beck, Swindale Head, Old Corpse Road, Mardale Head, western shore of Haweswater Reservoir joining Wainwright’s Coast to Coast to return to Shap.  Descriptions and final details will be placed on our web site 3-4 weeks before the event.  Coffee/tea and biscuits will be offered before the start, food at the main checkpoint (Mardale Head) and a hot meal at the finish back at the hall.

Registration:    07.00 - 08.00

Start Time:      08.00

Time Limit:     11 hours

Entry Fee:       £15 (£10 for LDWA members) - Free for children under 18 accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

Entry on the Day may be possible for a £2 supplement if the Event is not oversubscribed.  It is advisable to contact the Event Secretary (Neil Beatham) beforehand to avoid disappointment.


Please see below a route description for Mardale Magic 2017.  The description is dated 4 September 2017 and was refined as a result of the Marshal's walk for the event, which took place on Sunday 27 August 2017.



Please see below a .gpx file for Mardale Magic 2017.  This was recorded on Sunday 27 August 2017 during the Marshal's walk for the event.




Final Details For Participants At Event On Saturday 30 September 2017


Many thanks for entering Mardale Magic.  I look forward to seeing you on the day.  There will be two checkpoints, where participants will be monitored and timed.  The first checkpoint is at Wet Sleddale Reservoir Car Park.  The second is at Mardale Head.  It has been decided to offer food, water and juice at both checkpoints.  Please bring a mug if you want water or juice.  Refreshments will also be available at Burnbanks.  Each participant is expected to have downloaded the route description for Mardale Magic 2017 and to bring it with them on the day in either paper or electronic form.  Participants are also required either to carry an appropriate map (OL5 - English Lakes: North-eastern area) or have the route downloaded on a GPS.  I regret to advise that participants are not allowed to bring dogs with them on the route.  Car parking will be available at Shap Memorial Hall, Shap CE Primary School, Shap Community Library and the main street.  There will be a mass start for the event at 8:00 a.m.  It may be advisable to bring a head torch.  Personal electronic certificates for Mardale Magic will be issued retrospectively by email.  Please note there will be no Mardale Magic badges.


Neil Beatham (