Pedal Paddle Peak 2022

Pedal, Paddle, Peak in the stunning Lake District. Enter your team today!


Rally together your friends and/or colleagues to put together a team of two OR four to Pedal, Paddle, Peak in the beautiful Lake District on 2 July 2022! This popular challenge event is back for another year and entries are now open! Apply today to take on this brilliant challenge and help beat muscle-wasting conditions.

Team information

Teams of two

  • Registration fee: £97.50
  • Minimum team sponsorship: £1,000 (£500 per person)

Teams of four

  • Registration fee: £195
  • Minimum team sponsorship: £2,000 (£500 per person)

What is Pedal, Paddle, Peak?

  • Pedal – starting in Penrith, your team of two or four will take on a 30-mile cycle which will be split into two stages of about 15 miles during the day. The route will take you on a scenic tour around Ullswater Lake, surrounded by The Lake District peaks. The course is a mixed bag, with some small hills and one large climb after you finish the paddle. We’ll provide your mountain bikes and helmets.
  • Paddle – give your legs a rest as you take on a two-mile canoe paddle on the stunning Ullswater Lake. Teams of four team will compete in two connected canoe boats creating a stable raft to keeping the team together. Teams of two will compete in a single canoe. *please note that if weather conditions prove to be difficult on the day, teams of two will need to pair up with another team of two to use two connected canoe boats to ensure you’re safe*. When you’re finished, you’ll all get back on your bikes for a steep pedal up to the base of the Mountain Peak Challenge.
  • Peak – leave your bikes behind and get ready to climb the second highest peak in England, the magnificent Helvellyn Mountain. For the tough climb to the top you’ll go via the ‘white side’ and ‘lower man’ and return the same route. Once complete, it’s back on your bikes for the final 15-mile pedal to finish in Penrith.
  • Finish – celebrate your achievement with your team and others and enjoy your complimentary post-event celebration meal. Enjoy a barbecue or an indoor catered buffet, and then wind down and reflect on your brilliant day.

The event is a challenging and fun team-building event, where all team members complete all three challenges together. On average, the event takes eight to nine hours to complete and we strongly advise training for the event. The longest element of the event is the mountain climb, which will take about four hours.

Four images showing all the elements people take on at the event: Pedal Paddle Peak



    • Wednesday 29 June - Online event briefing - The week of the event you will need to attend an online event briefing where you will get a full brief and overview ahead of event day and the chance to answer questions before travelling to the event base 
    • Friday 1 July – Event registration - The day before the event, you will arrive at our event base in Penrith to check in and register ahead of the event. where you will also have your registration to check in for the event. Here you will get sized up on your bike and also drop off your bags ahead of the next morning
    • Saturday 2 July - After the event there will be a presentation ceremony and a celebratory dinner or barbecue with all other teams. Friends / family are welcome to join.

    What is included?

    • All equipment hire – bikes, helmets, canoes and lifejackets. If you wish to use your own bike it will need to have a safety check at the event briefing to ensure it is fit for the event.
    • Lunch, power snacks and drinks throughout the day and then an evening buffet / BBQ.
    • Transport of a luggage bag between each of the stages to carry any change of clothes/footwear.
    • Qualified staff support along the route from our event delivery partners The Adventure Element
    • First aid support (just in case!).
    • A new trend-setting finisher T-shirt and medal.

    What’s not included?

    • Accommodation – options will be provided for you to choose from upon registration. Penrith is a wonderful town with an array of hotels and B&Bs to suit all budgets.
    • Dinner on Friday is not included; there are many options available in Penrith and surrounding towns.
    • Travel to the Lake District from your home location.


    Team Jed took on Pedal, Paddle Peak in 2016

    2016 was the inaugural Pedal, Paddle, Peak with over £27,000 raised for MDUK. The event was generously sponsored by leading interdisciplinary property consultancy, McBains Cooper, who raised funds for the Ullrich CMD Appeal with MDUK family fund Team Jed. Michaela Thirkettle, former CEO at McBains Cooper, started the Family Fund when his son, Jed, was diagnosed with Ullrich congenital muscular dystrophy. He's a long-term Vice President at MDUK. Here’s what their teams had to say…

    We entered five teams from McBains Cooper and the camaraderie before, during and after the event created a real buzz within our offices. The event is organised brilliantly, with quality equipment, staffing and venues across the event. The BBQ at the end of the day was the icing on the cake, with a great medal and t-shirt to remember the whole experience for many years to come. The challenge itself is tough but do-able, perfect for a variety of abilities. My advice is to find three people and enter!

    MDUK supporter Michael Thirkettle shaking hands with Ben Keen, the Director of The Adventure Element which is our event partner for Pedal Paddle Peak

    Michael Thirkettle (left) Captain of Team Jed.


    For more information

    If you have any questions or want to know more about the event please contact the MDUK Events Team via email or get in touch over the phone by calling 0207 803 4828.