The Durham Hewitts Round                                 North Pennines
There are 177 Hewitts in England, Wales and Ireland, 25 are in the North Pennines and 11 are within the County of Durham.  A Hewitt is defined as a hill of 2000 feet or more with a drop of at least 30 metres on all sides.  Stuart Ferguson devised this round of all the Durham summits clocking up some 48 miles  and 7500’ of ascent across some of England’s most arduous terrain. It was first completed in 2006 by Stuart Ferguson and Steve Lumb in 14 hours 3 minutes with an unsupported run starting from St John’s Chapel in Weardale.  The Durham Hewitts Round is, in fact, a companion route to the Durham Dales Reservoir Round of 11 reservoirs, 61 miles and 9200’ which was devised and completed by Stuart in 2005 as an unsupported solo run.  Both are informal challenges without rules or time limits although most will aim for sub 24 hours. See below for the link to Stuart’s blog giving further details.


Click the icon to view/print a schedule of the summits
Use in conjunction with OS Explorer Map OL31 North Pennines (1:25000)


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


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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