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The Dales Skyline                                                             UK Ultras

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.  

It is intended as an informal outing without time limits, rules or registrations, although Duncan would be pleased to hear of any successful completions (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.


Dales Skyline scheduleupdated 9th May 2010 (7).pdfClick on the icon to view/print a pdf of the schedule for the inaugural Dales Skyline completed in 2010.


No formal register is kept but Duncan Elliot would be pleased to hear of any successful traverses - email:

gofar Dales Skyline completions to 7TH APRIL 2018.pdf

Click on icon to view/print completions as at the last year-end.

Links and Further Information

□   The Dales Skyline - Duncan Elliot (The Fellrunner, Summer 2010).  A brief account of the inaugural run.

Calf Top Trig

664 856

Pen y Ghent Trig

838 733

Crag Hill Trig

692 833

Fountains Fell

864 715

Green Hill

701 820

Malham Moor Trig

866 685

Whernside Trig

738 814

Rye Loaf Hill Trig

864 633

Ingleborough Trig

741 745    

Warrendale Knotts Trig  

833 642