Centred in the heart of the Lake District, Lakes Sky Ultra™ will start and finish in Ambleside, the outdoor Mecca of the Lakes. This will mean accommodation is close at hand, public transport will take a runner from Manchester to Windermere in less than 2.5 hours and there are all the entrapments required to generate a post-race party atmosphere.
Event Centre: The event centre will be located at the Ambleside Campus University of Cumbria. There will be showers for use post-race.
Accommodation: Ambleside has a variety of B&B's, hotels and hostels. There is a YHA at Waterhead (about 20 minutes walk from the event centre) and there is the independant Ambleside backpackers (about 10 minutes walk from the event centre).
Car Parking: There are a variety of all day car parks in Ambleside, the closest to the event centre is at Rydal Road. Please do not park on residential streets, as the goodwill of the race relies on the goodwill of the residents of the village.
Car From South:
Take junction 36 off the M6, following signs to Windermere (A590 into A591). Follow the A591 to Ambleside. Follow the one way through the village, bearing left towards Keswick. Drive past the roundabout for The Struggle taking a right hand turn into Ambleside University Campus.
Car From North:
Take junction 40 off the M6 at Penrith, following signs West to Keswick on the A66. At first roundabout (Rheged Services) take 2nd exit for Pooley Bridge. At first junction, turn right for Glenridding/Patterdale and drive through both villages, climbing up to Kirkstone Pass. Opposite the Kirkstone Inn, turn right to Ambleside, down The Struggle. At the very bottom of the hill is a roundabout, turn right and right again into Ambleside University Campus.
Train from North or South: Travel to Oxenholme, then take the train to Windermere. Manchester to Windermere takes approximately 2.5hours. Windermere is then about 8km from Ambleside.
Bus From Windermere: Take either of the following buses: #505; #555 or the #599. The journey is 12 minutes. Check out Cumbria bus timetables
Ferry: Why not add to the adventure and get a ferry to Ambleside? Check out Windermere Lake Cruises for ferries from Bowness to Waterhead, you would then need to catch a taxi or bus from Waterhead to Ambleside or enjoy the stroll into the village.