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Trail & Fell Running

Trail & Fell Running

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The Yorkshire Dales and Lake District are home to some of finest and most spectacular fell and trail running in the United Kingdom. We offer guided trail and fell runs across the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District that are tailored to your fitness level. We also offer navigation courses for trail and fell runners which will give you the confidence to go off on your on your own or lead a run with a group of friends.

What’s the difference between trail and fell running?

Trail running is a term we have started to use over the last 15 years or so which has come over from America. The running is predominantly done on existing trails like footpaths, bridleways, canal paths and forest roads. Basically any off-road path or track! Trail running isn’t an easier type of running to fell, it can still require a good level of navigational skill, take in gruelling climbs and technical descents. When it comes to races, there is such a broad spectrum of trail races from flat to hilly and they are usually quite well signposted. You also often aren’t required to carry much kit too, they can be a lot longer than a fell race though.

Fell running in England has come from a northern term ‘fell’ meaning hill or mountain running and has been around for a lot of years. It has elements of trail running, but it also involves running off the beaten track; which can result in running through bogs, running over hills and scrambling over scree slopes. It also requires you to have a good level of navigational skills to avoid you potentially getting in to difficulty. Fells races are predominantly hilly runs that aren’t way marked giving you freedom off paths and require a good level of navigational skill. Race organisers also tend to require participants to carry more kit to help keep themselves self sufficient in a upland environment. Fell races have been overseen by the FRA (Fell Runners Association) which was set up in the 1970s to over see the sport.

Yorkshire Three Peaks Fell Race

In the Yorkshire Dales we have the Yorkshire Three Peaks Race which takes place every year on the last weekend of April. The circular route takes in the three peaks Pen-y-Ghent 694m, Whernside 763m and Ingleborough 723m over varying terrain. It’s named ‘The Marathon with Mountains’ and has been run every year since 1954.

Did you know the record was set in 1996 by Bingley Harriers runner Andy Peace with a time of two hours forty six minutes and it still stands as the record today!

Why hire a guide?

Hiring a guide 1:1 or with a group of friends can be a great way to explore an area and get off the beaten track and on to some of the best local trails; it’s also a great opportunity to take in some local knowledge about the area in which you are running in. If you are on holiday in the Yorkshire Dales or Lake District having a guide for half day or day can let you get the most out of what could be your only running day in your holiday with the family. We can also guide you on the Yorkshire Three Peaks route and provide support on route so you can put all your energy in to the running, not navigating and carrying a full pack.

Learning to navigate for trail and fell running can open up a plethora of new runs and give you skills and confidence to race in some great events such as the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon).


Trail & Fell Running Locations

Just some of the places where we can offer this activity

  • Yorkshire Dales National Park

    Yorkshire Dales National Park

  • North York Moors National Park

    North York Moors National Park

  • Lake District National Park

    Lake District National Park


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