The Yorkshire Dales Top 10                                  Yorkshire Dales

Sunrise from Swarth Pike, Johnnie Watson 2010

This is a round of the ten highest summits in the Yorkshire Dales including both North Yorkshire and Cumbria.  It was first completed by Johnnie Watson in March 2010 in a time of 22 hours 33 minutes starting from Horton in Ribblesdale.  The run of some 72 miles and 17000' of ascent is based on a route published by Brian Smales in 1999. See below for a brief report of Johnnie's run. 


The object is to visit the ten peaks listed below starting and finishing at the Three Peaks Cafe in Horton in Ribblesdale (Grid Ref SD 798 727). Use OS Explorer Maps OL2 - Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western areas, OL30 - Yorkshire Dales Northern and Central areas and OL 19 - Howgill and Upper Eden Valley.


Johnnie Watson's report below includes a schedule of actual times at each summit.


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

  • Enquiries and reports - contact Jonnie Watson, email:

  • The Yorkshire Dales Top 10 - Johnnie Watson's brief report including a schedule of times.

  • The Yorkshire Dales Top Ten - Brian Smailes (Challenge Publications, 1999)


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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