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 The Dales Skyline                                                Yorkshire Dales                                                       

Warrendale Knotts trig point above Settle (John Illingworth)
© Copyright John Illingworth and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

This is a traverse of the ten peaks which form the southern Dales skyline as viewed from the Bowland Fells.  It involves some 36 miles and 11000 feet of ascent.  Devised by Duncan Elliot of Bowland Fellrunners, it was first completed by Duncan along with club mate Andy Crook in April 2010. Basically it is the Yorkshire Three Peaks sandwiched by Calf Top, Crag Hill and Green Hill to the north-west and Fountains Fell and three minor trigs, in contrasting, less frequented terrain, to the south-east.  Readily done in a day it makes an excellent Dales companion to the Cumbrian Traverse. The cafe or shop at Horton provides a convenient midway stop while the start near Kirkby Lonsdale is just a 30 minute trip up the A65 from the finish at Settle.  

Completions of the route can be logged but there are no time limits or rules - see below.




The start is at Barbon church (SD 630 824), 3 miles north of Kirkby Lonsdale, and the finish is at Settle Market Cross (SD 819 636).  The 10 summits listed below must be visited, going via the Hill Inn and Horton-in- Ribblesdale. Use OS Explorer Map OL2 Yorkshire Dales - South and West areas.


Click on the icon to view/print a pdf of the schedule for the inaugural Dales Skyline completed in 2010.


Finishers are invited to add their name to the completions log by submitting their name, date of completion, summit times, overall time and a short report including road and hill support, if applicable.


Why not share your experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!

Links and Further Information





UK Big 3 Rounds
Challenges by Region

Records & Logs


Route Index

Andy's  Southern Fells

Assynt Traverse
Bala Challenge

Bay Limestone Round

Bob  Baxter  Traverse
Bob Graham Round
Bowland Dozen
Bowland 1500’s
Broxap Round

Cairngorm Munros
Canary Islands 3 Peaks
Charlie Ramsay Round
Charnley Way

Cleveland Hills Challenge
Cuillin Round
Cumbrian Traverse
Dales Skyline
Dales Top Ten
Dales 2000’s

Dark Peak County Tops

Dark Peak 15 Trigs

Dartmoor Round

Denis Rankin Round

Dragon’s Tongue
Durham Hewitts

Etive Munros Round

Freeman Round

George Fischer Tea Round
Glen Lyon Corbett Round
Great North Inns Run
Harvey Howgill Tops

John Fleetwood Lakes 40

John Fleetwood Lakes Routes

John Fleetwood Scottish Routes

John Fleetwood Welsh Round

Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge

Knoydart 7
Lakes 24

Lakes 25@25
Lakes 2500’s

Lakes Sea to Summits

Llangollen Hills Run

Loch  Lomond  Round

Leventon’s Line
Meirionnydd Round
National & Yorkshire 3 Peaks
No Cure Always Hope
Over The Hill Round
Paddy Buckley Round

Peak Traverses & Rounds

Pikes of the Lakes

Rigby Round - Cairngorms

Run the Line - Dales

Ring of Fire - Galloway

Saddleworth 10 Trigs
Scottish 4000’s
Six County Tops - Peak
Snowdonia Skyline
Snowdon to Pumlumon

South Pennine 39 Trigs
South Wales Traverse

Steve Parr Round

Tan Hill to Kirkstone Pass Inn
Tranter’s Round

Tyndrum Round
Upper Calder 13 Trigs
Wainwright 7 Summits

Wainwrights 30@30

Wicklow  Round
Yorkshire Round
Yorkshire 2000’s


More Challenges

Links & Articles

Sub-ultras (under 50 km)


Where there is a recorder please contact them to log your completion. In addition, or if there isn't a recorder, you are invited to share your experience on the gofar facebook page to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!



All the routes on this site require proven mountain running experience. You undertake them entirely at your own risk. Please take full mountain safety precautions at all times.  Always ensure you carry sufficient clothing, food and equipment to cope with dramatic changes in the weather conditions!  Appropriate insurance cover is recommended.


The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance mountain challenges which have been developed over the past four or more decades. It now offers a diverse range of long and "short", old and recent, formal and informal routes from around the UK to encourage runners of all ages and abilities to have a go, subject to proven mountain experience in all conditions.




Please send details of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association. Email:

Please also refer to the guidelines and definitions in the FRA Handbook.


If you can improve on the accuracy of this resource, spot any errors in grid references, names, heights, spelling or punctuation, or find a link which does not work please email Tony Wimbush.:

Similarly, if you wish to submit any new (or old) routes for inclusion see the contact page for the information and format that is required:. 

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