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The South Pennine 39 Trigs                                             UK Ultras

The South Pennines is a unique landscape: a vast area of high open moors intersected by steep-sided valleys littered with the industry of a bygone era and connected by a dense network of footpaths and packhorse trails.  This 105 mile epic was devised by John 'Bod' Riley of Calder Valley Fell Runners in 1988 based on his 1984 edition of the OS South Pennines map. The object was to link together 31 trigs and 8 former trigs or local landmarks into one continuous run involving some 20,000 feet of climbing!  Club-mates Rhys Kift and Peter White completed the route in 1991 in a time of 32-41. Remarkably the challenge was repeated 23 years later in 2014 by J R Clay - see report below.

For a more moderate foray into the area see The Upper Calder 13 Trigs another route devised by John at a mere 45 miles or so!



calderdale 39 Trigs schedule.pdfClick the icon to view or print a schedule of actual times together with corresponding the distances, grid references and heights of each point visited.  It should be read in conjunction with OS Explorer Map 21 - South Pennines (1:25000)


This is an informal route without registrations or time limits although John Riley would be pleased to supply further information on the route and to hear of any proposed attempts.  Email:

Links and Further Information

□   The 39 Trigs Challenge - The original 1991 report on the successful attempt to bag all 39 trigs/landmarks on the 1984 OS South Pennine map. It should be noted the current edition of the map includes a much larger area!

□   The 39 Trigs Challenge - A report by J R Clay on his 2014 round of 135 miles in 46-30.