Sustainable Challenge Events


The Windermere Reflections SORCE (Sustainable Outdoor Recreational Challenge Events – you can see why we've shortened it to SORCE!) project has being delivered by Nurture Lakeland over 12 months from July 2011 - July 2012 

runnersWe've worked with event organisers, land managers and other stakeholders within the Windermere Catchment to develop a 'Best Practice' toolkit to help minimise the environmental impact of events in the area.

You can now download the guide here.




cyclistsWe've also been promoting the use of local procurement and services to support our local communities and their economies and encouraging and inspiring organised recreational event organisers to get involved with our successful visitor giving scheme.



Windermere Reflections is a 3 year landscape partnership scheme funded by Heritage Lottery Fund. The programme consists of 19 projects which will work with the whole community to encourage positive action for the environment and improve the quality of the lake and surrounding landscape for the future.


How can you help?

If you're an event organiser and would like to get involved in this exciting project, please get in touch.







The Lake District landscape provides the most wonderful resource for outdoor, organised recreational events and we welcome the vibrancy they bring to the area.

But it's vital we recognise that we must mitigate for the environmental impacts so that we can keep our stunning landscape in great condition for many more generations to enjoy.


For more information on the SORCE project or to get involved contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

If you are thinking of organising an event .....

Cumbria County Council are currently developing a 'One-Stop-Shop' for event organisers to access all the information they need to run an event safely click here to visit the site.


What's the problem?

The stunning Lake District landscape is a true adventure playground for thousands of people who visit every year to take part in an exciting array of challenge events. From triathlons to open water swims, fun-runs to fell-runs, thousands of people come to take part in hundreds of recreational challenge events throughout the county every year.

outdoor03_330x480Whilst it's great that so many people are benefiting from the outdoor experiences on offer, there is inevitably and impact on the landscape and communities which host these activities.

Huge numbers of feet pounding our hills and valleys can lead to trampling, loss of vegetation, loss of species biodiversity and disturbance to wildlife.

Lots of people all descending at once in a small location can also have an impact on local communities. This can be a positive one if local economies benefit and challenge events do bring a sense of vibrancy to many areas.



In 2009, Nurture Lakeland led on a research study into the impacts of outdoor recreational challenge events in the Lake District.

Read the findings of the initial stakeholder forum and the final research results.

 Stakeholder Forum Output Report

Sustainable Recreational Challenge Events (SORCE) Reseach Report