What better time than the advent of the New Year to get outside and challenge yourself, your friends and even your family to do something different and enjoy the great outdoors? The Team at Coppermines have put together a list of our top challenging  events … there are things to test and things to enjoy… after all it isn't just about the pain… it's about the taking part too.

So join us at Coppermines Lakes Cottages this year and discover something about yourself in this simply stunning environment…

Montane Trail 26 & Trail 13, Grizedale Forest

The first of the 2016 Trail26 trail running events will take place in Grizedale Forest. Situated close to Hawkeshead and nestled in between Coniston Water and Windermere it provides the perfect venue to kick off your trail running New Year.

Coniston 14 Road Race

A 14 mile road race around Coniston Water and as such is one of the most picturesque courses in Britain. This hilly route follows the road that circles Coniston Water, with stunning views of the surrounding mountains from the lake shore route. Each year runners raise £20,000 each for local clubs, charities and good causes.

Grizedale Duathlon, 6k Trail run / 24k MTB / 6k Trail run

The Grizedale Duathlon is a unique multisport event based in the stunning setting of Grizedale Forest, in the southern Lake District. With stunning views over the Coniston fells and an extensive network of forest tracks and purpose built bike trails, this is a spectacular location for trail running and mountain biking. The event is suitable for all abilities, whether you have never competed in this type of event before or looking for a tough challenge.

Lakeland Trails, Hawkshead

Starting and finishing at Hawkshead, the 17km Hawkshead Trail Race, 17km Hawkshead Trail Challenge and 10km Hawkshead Trail Run follow circuits along well marked and marshalled footpaths and bridleways, taking in panoramic views of Lake Windermere and the surrounding peaks of the Coniston Hills, the Langdales and most of the Lakeland fells. All of the routes take in the infamous, mile long, near vertical, killer climb of the "Coffin Trail"!