The Bowland 1500's Round                                        Pennines

The bleak and rugged fells of the Forest of Bowland, designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, remain one of the last great wilderness areas of England.  Access was carefully restricted until recently when the CROW Act of 2000 finally granted the right to roam across this relatively undiscovered area.  The Dig the Peat series, promoted by Bowland Fellrunners, exploits the numerous opportunities now officially open to the long distance enthusiast.  All are informal routes without time limits, rules or registration.
The Bowland 1500's is one of the longest routes to have been completed to date.  It was first completed by Andy Verden and John Rodgers in winter 2004.  The round was devised by the trio of Les Orr, Ian Roberts and Andy Walmsley and evolved from an earlier round of 15 tops by Alan Heaton, Terry Houston and Les Orr.  A lesser round of the 1500' trig points, eight in all, also makes for a rewarding day out (see link below).


The route which starts and finishes at Stoops Bridge, Abbeysteads GR 563 543 must visit the 19 tops listed below.  This will involve some 42 miles and 6200' of climbing.  Use Explorer Map OL41 - Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale.


Click on the icon to view/print summit details and sample schedule (excel).


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

  • 1500’ Trigs – route details and a sample schedule of a shortened round including only the eight 1500' tops with a trig point (Excel format).


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 three 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 and a schedule of any record-breaking runs and the like to Martin Stone who maintains records on behalf of the Fell Runners Association.  Email:


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