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The Keswick to Barrow walk is a long distance walk inspired by JFK challenge and has been run every year since April 1st 1967.


The route through the English Lake District, takes in Thirlmere, Grasmere, Elterwater and Coniston. A Memorable walk indeed.

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Comment by roy barnes on February 28, 2011 at 12:40pm

Paul,  The event started as a result of a Pub challenge, with 62 walkers starting( Royal Navy, Vickers Shipyard and members of the American Test Group supporting the UK Polaris Submarine programme).  The route itself is very demanding with over 1000 meters of ascents and a further 1000 meters of descents - Originally the walk started at Castlerigg Stone circle before being re-located to a more convenient start point.  Walkers who complete the route are given membership of the Ancient Order of Barking Dogs ( a 50's reference to sore feet?).

By 1969, the event became a sponsored walk with the funds raised going to local charities and good causes. This year we had applications from nearly 3000 people to participate within 10 days and need to clear £170,000 this year to see the cumulative sponsorship raised since 1967 break the £2,000,000 mark.

Have only seen the http://sneemjfkchallenge.com/? via your website.

Comment by Paul Kiczek on February 27, 2011 at 6:58pm

Roy, I'm interested in the Keswick/Barrow walk and its history. I'll review the website and incorporate some information on my other related websites. I have a few walk websites for some events this year at http://freewalkers.org, including a 50-miler called "The Big Walk"

Are you familiar with this one http://sneemjfkchallenge.com/?


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