The Dales Skyline                                                Yorkshire Dales                                                       

Warrendale Knotts trig point above Settle (John Illingworth)
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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.  

Completions of the route can be logged but there are no time limits or rules - 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.


Click on the icon to view/print a pdf of the schedule for the inaugural Dales Skyline completed in 2010.


Finishers are invited to add their name to the completions log by submitting their name, date of completion, summit times, overall time and a short report including road and hill support, if applicable.


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Links and Further Information



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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