16-mile trail-run

Think you’ve got what it takes to tackle the 16-mile trail run? This unique course starts near the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct, and takes on difficult climbs, valleys, limestone trails and river paths along the Ribble Way.

*Please note, all routes are approximate and subject to change.

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Start: Ribblehead Viaduct

Finish: North Ribblesdale Rugby Club

Perfect for: Experienced trail-runners


  • The 16-mile starts with a wide and fast road section for the first mile and a half travelling South toward Hunter Hill.
  • The course changes to wide farm track via cattle grid, descending towards the bridges at Nether Lodge, passing over the River Ribble.
  • At 2.5 mile the terrain changes again, climbing the Ribble Way over God’s Bridge and climbing up the limestone landscape. Glance back at the top of the climb for spectacular views of Whernside and the Ribblehead Viaduct and the 3 miles already travelled.
  • Travelling to the North of the trees above High Birkwith, the Ribble Way drops onto the Limestone pavement with views towards Ingleborough. 
  • A short challenging section takes walkers over and around a valley with a steep ascent to continue on wide and flat grass sections travelling towards Sell Gill.
  • At around the 6 Mile point, The Ribble Way and the Pennine Way combine – a challenging sections for the first 200m of the descent towards Horton-In-Ribblesdale (and a strong recommendation to take this section cautiously!)
  • Followed by a rough and ready mile downhill to be rewarded with energy product and an opportunity to replenish water at the aid station in Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 7 miles.
  • Having crossed the road at the designated point,  runners continue towards the River Ribble, taking the narrow river path for the next two before taking the road for a half-mile leading to Helwith Bridge. 
  • Another designated road crossing before a challenging climb up Moor Head Lane before taking a section of flat marshland ahead of the descent through fields into Stainforth Village just before the 12-mile mark.  Another opportunity to replenish water and re-fuel ahead of the final 4-mile stretch.
  • After crossing under the bridge, a steep descent via open road on Dog Hill Brow over the bridge which sits just above Stainforth Force Waterfall, worth a pause under the tree cover to take this in before proceeding along the Ribble to Stackhouses, where the 16-mile route joins the 5-mile route at the weir crossing before climbing up through Langcliffe and the final descent onto the winding streets of Settle.

Entry fee: £30* per person. This event is open to those aged 18 and over.

Registration: 7.30am - 8.15am

Start time: 9:30am

What's included?

  • Printed map/guide
  • Coach from Lower Greenfoot Car Park (next to North Ribblesdale Rugby Club) to start point at Ribblehead Viaduct
  • Course will be waymarked at key points, but participants will be expected to navigate the designated route
  • Checkpoints include water container re-fill opportunity, refuelling and toilet provision
  • Warm welcome back at the walk finish, where you will receive a finisher’s medal and t-shirt

Optional extras

  • A warm breakfast sandwich is available for an additional cost of £5
  • A hot meal can be pre-ordered for when you've completed the run, for an additional cost of £7

*plus small processing fee.

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