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  The Dales Two Thousands  - south and north          Yorks Dales

The South Dales Circuit was devised and completed by Rick Ansell in 2004 followed by the more rugged and remote North Dales Traverse in 2006. The southern circuit starts from Horton-in-Ribblesdale and covers 18 peaks in some 65 miles and 14,000 feet of ascent while the northern route ascends 21 peaks in some 55 miles and 12,000 feet between Hawes and Sedbergh.  George Bridge's 1973 book of two thousand foot tables was, again, the inspiration.  The combined routes are different to the Yorkshire Two Thousands as they include several summits in the Howgills and other parts of the Cumbrian Pennines. 

Both routes are intended to be informal runs without time limits - completions can be logged on facebook - see below.


North Dales Traverse
South Dales Circuit


Click on the icons below to view/print schedules of actual times for Rick Ansell's inaugural solo, self-sufficient runs. These include summit names, grid references and heights which correspond with George Bridge's tables. Use in conjunction with OS Explorer maps OL 2 - Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western areas, OL 30 - Yorkshire Dales Northern and Central areas or OL 19 - Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley.

South Dales Circuit - 65 miles and 14,000'

North Dales Traverse - 55 miles and 12,000'


These are informal challenges without registrations and time  limits.  Why not share your experience on facebook to  encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!

Links and Further Information


  • Enquiries and reports - email:

  • South Dales Circuit - Rick Ansell's brief report on his July, 2004 solo, self-sufficient run 

  • North Dales Traverse - Rick Ansell's brief report on his June, 2006 solo, self-suficient run

  • The Mountains of England and Wales, George Bridge (West Col Productions, 1973). Tables of mountains of two thousand feet or more in altitude. The Dales and Howgill summits are covered under the Central Pennines section. Now out-of-print but probably available through second-hand bookshops.

  • On High Yorkshire Hills, Phil Clayton (Dalesman, 1993). An informative survey of Yorkshire's thirty-six two thousand footers which recognises neither metrication nor the "new" county boundaries which allowed Cumbria and Durham to hijack some of its finest hills!  Now out-of-print but probably available through second-hand bookshops.




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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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