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Hi everyone! I've already put a note on the BCR facebook page about this, but for the official record, here are the details of the Caw to Cawa new route devised for Black Combe Runners!
"Caw to Caw", 29 miles, 3,150m climb
The route starts at the Wellington Bridge (Gosforth) and finishes at the Newfield Inn (Duddon Valley). It takes in the following summits: Caw fell, Haycock, Scoat Fell, Pillar, Kirk Fell, Great Gable, Esk Pike, Bow Fell, Crinkle Crags, (3 Shires Stone), Swirl How, Dow Crag, White Pike and finally Caw. (You do not need to go up Great End).
Tim and I completed the route on 26th August 2017. It took us a leisurely 12 hours (~2.4mph), which meant we got to the pub just after last food orders (noooo!). Conditions were super - sunny/cloudy and dry (apart from the boggy bit at the bottom of Caw Fell, which is always going to be wet). I'll do a write up for the January '18 newsie, so you'll get the full details then.
It's a brilliant route, which I'd highly recommendand there's definitely scope for speedy folk to reduce the time!
Do let us know if you have a crack!