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 The Yorkshire Two Thousands                           Yorkshire Dales

The object of this epic challenge was to ascend all the two thousand foot summits that lie on or within the county boundary of North Yorkshire in one outing.  It involved some 119 miles of arduous terrain, climbing 26 peaks and ascending some 20,000 feet.  The route was devised by Peter Barker of Harrogate who based it on George Bridge's tables of two thousand foot summits published in 1973. For some reason it did not prove very popular! The first completions were by Tony Wimbush and Colin Brooke during 1982 in poor weather taking an epic 45 hours 27 minutes, followed, in 1986, by Pete Simpson in the record time of 29 hours 11 minutes (see article below).  Nearly thirty years later a fourth round was notched up by Matt Neale in 36 hours 29 minutes in late September 2013 (see below for his account).  

In 1994 the Yorkshire Two Thousands inspired the development of the Yorkshire Round, a reduced circuit of 20 summits to enable completion inside 24 hours on similar lines to the Bob Graham Round.  This was derived from the summit lists compiled by John and Ann Nuttall in 1990 which adopted the definition of a 2000 foot summit as one which rises above its surroundings on all sides by at least 50 feet.




Click on the icon to view/print a schedule of summits, grid references and heights corresponding 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 and OL 19 - Howgill Fells and Upper Eden Valley.


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

  • Enquiries and reports - email Tony Wimbush:

  • Well Done Pete  - a short article by Bill Smith on Pete Simpson’s 1986 round which appeared in Compass Sport in 1987

  • Yorkshire 2000's  - Matt Neale's account of his 2013 completion.

  • The Mountains of England and Wales, George Bridge (West Col Productions, 1973).  - Tables of mountains of two thousand feet or more in altitude. The Yorkshire Two Thousands are included in 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 twenty-six two thousand footers which recognises neither metrication nor the “new” county boundaries which allowed Cumbria and Durham to hijack some of it’s finest hills!  Now out-of-print but probably available through second-hand bookshops. 

  • Bridge's Table of 2000' hills  - hill bagging website   




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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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