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  The Over The Hill Round                     North-west Yorkshire Dales

Howgill country - Simon's Seat en-route from Middleton
© Copyright Trevor Littlewood and licensed for re-use under a Creative Commons Licence.

This circuit of some 40 miles and 11,000 feet of ascent was inspired by The Joss Naylor Lakeland Challenge.  The aim was to encourage runners of 50 years old or more to continue to participate in long-distance mountain challenges - hence the name!  It was the first in a sequence of six challenging runs (five in the UK and one in The Canary Islands) which formed the Over the Hill Series.  The series ran from 2002 to 2012 before being discontinued.  The OTH Round, along with all the others, now operates on an informal basis without time limits, registrations or certificates and is open to all age groups. 

Based on Sedbergh the round combines the trio of trig points on Baugh Fell, Great Shunner Fell and Wild Boar Fell with the only four trig pillars in the Howgill Fells. Much of the route is across wild, pathless terrain while the latter stages take full advantage of the steep open fells for which the Howgills are renowned.  The OTH Round was devised by Tony Wimbush and first completed in 2002, along with Colin Brooke, in a time of 11 hours 6 minutes.


Starting and finishing at Sedbergh church (GR 659 501) the circuit links together the 7 trig pillars listed below.  It is recommended that your route takes in Flust (GR 770 943), High Dyke (GR 803 943) and Stonely Gill (GR 712 003) but these are optional provided rights-of-way and Access Land are adhered to. The circuit may be undertaken in either direction or from an alternative start point. 

OS Explorer map: Use OL19 - The Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley.


Click on the icon the view/print a schedule of the inaugural run in 2002.



This is an informal challenge without registrations or time limits.  Why not share your experience on facebook to encourage and inspire other runners to have a go!


Links and Further Information




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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


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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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