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Three Shires Fell Race

Saturday 14th September 2024

Category: AL

  • Distance: 20km / 12.4miles
  • Climb: 1220m / 4003ft

11am start


Entry fee £16 FRA members   £18 non FRA members

Enter on SI entries on 1st July (entries close on Wed 18th Sept) Limit of 350

There will be no entries on the day!

Venue (no parking)

Three Shires Inn, Little Langdale, Ambleside.

Take Coniston road out of Ambleside and follow for 3 miles before turning Right for Little Langdale and Wrynose Pass. After mile turn Left for Little Langdale and Wrynose Pass. Follow road for 1 mile to race venue – please do not attempt to park at the race venue, see details below for parking at Tilberthwaite and follow signs and instructions


Unfortunately this year we have lost our usual car park in Hodge Close Quarry. After a full week of investigating potential replacements with no positive results, and discovering (again) that that there is no flat field within a mile of Race Assembly, we have an agreement to use one of Steven Dugdale’s fields at Tilberthwaite Farm, which sadly means you’ll be walking 30 minutes to the Start rather than 20. The only alternative would have been to cancel the race, but of course being fellrunners we dont give up! The good news is that the route, though off road, is flat and cycle friendly – why not bring a bike? You’ll be directed to the car park from the Ambleside – Coniston road: please have £3 ready to pay at the gate.

Leave plenty of time to get to Registration and the Start!  And please dont be tempted to park elsewhere in the valley – the future of the event hangs on us not clogging the valley up for the locals.
Many thanks, the Wright family.’

Race Route

Follow tracks to intake gate at GR 296 023
CP1 – Wetherlam – GR 288 011
CP2 – Swirl How – GR 273 006
CP3 – Three Shires Stone – GR 276 027 (cut off here 2hrs after race start)
CP4 – Pike O’Blisco – GR 272 042
Please ensure you pass over footbridge at south end of Blea Tarn.
CP5 – Lingmoor – GR 302 046
Follow flags from Intake Gate at GR 314 038 to race finish.

NB The Three Shires Stone Checkpoint will close 2hours after the start. This will be strictly enforced in the interest of your safety and transport back is not provided. If timed out you must still report Race Registration on your return.

Please note that the FRA do not allow use of GPS for navigation.

Please read the FRA safety requirements here before you enter.


The Three Shires Race is a serious undertaking. The race organisers will try to make the race as safe as possible but we cannot be responsible for you during this event! You should not enter these fells unless you have the appropriate navigation and mountain craft skills and equipment. If you aren’t sure what that means then please don’t enter you may be putting yourself at risk.

The race is run under FRA Rules and we will check that the following minimum kit is carried:- MAP, COMPASS, WHISTLE, FULL WET WEATHER COVER, HAT AND GLOVES. Emergency rations are advised.


Selwyn and Elaine

Previous results

2023  233 runners

2022  248 runners

2021  164 runners

2020 – No race Due to COVID

2019  241 runners

2018  233 runners

2017  172 runners

2016  212 runners

2015  260 runners

2014  227 runners

2013  211 runners

2012  250 runners

2011  288 runners

2010  294 runners

2009  279 runners

2008  320 runners

If you have a digital or hard copy of any results prior to 2008 please contact Dan at