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Featured Run: Buttermere Circular Lake Run

If you're glued to your phone at any point during this 4.4 mile route, you really need to sort out your priorities. There's no signal in Buttermere anyway, so you might as well put your phone in airplane mode (you'll want it for photo opportunities, as there are many) and soak up the scenery on this very pleasant trot.

  Terrain: easy gravel trails    Elevation: 341ft(flat)    Adventure grade: 1 (easy)    Beauty rating: 5 (breathtaking)      Flat trails can be tough to come by in the Lakes, but this  circular route in Buttermere  stays on gravel trails close to the lake with very minimal elevation and only a short road section. Suitable for beginner trail runners through to advanced runners looking to get speedy flat miles under their belts.   Scale Force Waterfall  is worth a quick stop to breathe in the beauty along your route. Suitable for dogs of all sizes if you're taking a running companion.

Terrain: easy gravel trails

Elevation: 341ft(flat)

Adventure grade: 1 (easy)

Beauty rating: 5 (breathtaking)

 

Flat trails can be tough to come by in the Lakes, but this circular route in Buttermere stays on gravel trails close to the lake with very minimal elevation and only a short road section. Suitable for beginner trail runners through to advanced runners looking to get speedy flat miles under their belts.

Scale Force Waterfall is worth a quick stop to breathe in the beauty along your route. Suitable for dogs of all sizes if you're taking a running companion.

Recommended kit

TRAIL SHOES - go and invest in a pair of Harmony Roads from Reebok. They're £44.95 in the sale and will stay comfortable through any walk or run on any Lake District terrain (just ask my friend Ellie who ran a 50km trail run in them a couple of months ago). You can even get them personalised for free so your mates won't steal them - they're a no-brainer.

CAMELBAK - grab yourself a hydration pack with some extra storage and you'll be a happy runner whatever the weather. I used the standard 2-litre Camelbak but I'd recommend getting one with extra storage pockets like this 3-litre version so you can stash your phone, keys, wallet and snacks in there too.

GARMIN - When you want to track your distance, pace and much more, you can't go wrong with a Garmin. My Forerunner 230 is a few years old now and if I could I'd upgrade to a Fenix 5X which includes GPS navigation built-in, a 'get back home' feature, offline music storage (Spotify-compatible) and even Apple Pay). If anyone has £600 to spare, you know what to get for me...