The South Pennine 39 Trigs                               South Pennines

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!



Click 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 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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