5 miles 2400 feet / 8km 730m
Estimated men’s winning time 40/45 mins
Leg 1 sets off north from the event fields south of the Traveller’s Rest pub on the A591. It follows mandatory red flags through the intake fields and onto a walled lane. This flagged section leads to the runnable Tongue Gill path, which forms part of the Old Counties Tops route, and up to the ruined wall at Grisedale Hause (cp) before a final steep scrabble to the summit of Seat Sandal (cp) via the Bob Graham route. The route then descends the glorious broad ridge, first SW then S, down to the gate by the outbuilding and freshly creosoted gate (cp) to the bridleway adjacent to the ghyll. This descent will be flagged with yellow flags which are advisory, but not compulsory, to follow. Please be extremely careful to get the right line through these lower fields if reccying – hit the track at the outbuilding and large wooden gate. At this gate turn hard left up the unkind finishing climb back up to cross the beck beyond the gate and follow the fast run in along the walled path that you ran out on. The initial 500m away from the event field, and the route from Seat Sandal summit all the way to the finish will be flagged. Please follow these red flags.