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The object of this website is to provide a single, ready source of information on the ultra-distance 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.

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The Bowland Dozen                                                        UK Ultras

Hazelhurst Fell trig point with Fair Snape Fell and Parlick on the skyline (Michael Graham)

© Copyright Michael Graham and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

This circuit links all 12 trig points with a height of 400 metres or more to form a tour of the Bowland massif.  Much of Bowland has been, by tradition, a secret, forbidden land and ironically this has, perhaps, helped to preserve one of England’s last great wilderness areas.  On a clear day there are outstanding panoramas in every direction, not least towards Morecambe Bay, to the west, and the Three Peaks country, to the north.  The other main features are close at hand – mile upon mile of peat, heather, bog, tussock and fence, not to mention the occasional sheep!  As the long traverse from Clougha Pike to Knottend will show, few areas in England can offer such vast tracts of unrelenting, bleak, rugged terrain!  

The route was conceived by Tony Wimbush and inspired by the ‘Dig the Peat’ series of challenges devised by Bowland Fell Runners.  It was first completed in 2008 as a solo, unsupported run in 12 hours 35 minutes.  At some 50 miles with 6500’ of ascent it is one the most demanding outings in the Bowland area.

Route


The start and finish  is the village of Dunsop Bridge (the road bridge at GR 659 501) and it visits the 12 trig points listed below.  The eagle-eyed may spot a 13th trig at Burn Moor (402 m, GR 695 646). This is excluded as it is considered to be an outlier to the main Bowland massif which detracts from the route but there is the option of including it to make a Bowland Baker’s Dozen!  The circuit may be completed in either direction or from an alternative start point.

OS Explorer map: Use OL41 - The Forest of Bowland and Ribblesdale.

Schedule

gofar - uk ultras - bowland dozen schedule.pdfClick icon to view/print a schedule for the inaugural run in 2008.

Completions

The Bowland Dozen was originally part of the Over the Hill Series.  That has been discontinued and all its former routes are now independent informal challenges without time limits, certificates or registrations.  An archive of registered completions (2002-2012) for the series is available together with some background (see below). Although there are now no formal registrations news of any future attempts at any of the routes would be welcome.  Email: info@gofar.org.uk.  

Links and Further Information

□   Over The Hill Series – An archive of registrations (2002 to 2012) plus some background to the series.

Totridge

496 m

GR 635 487

Fair Snape Fell

510 m

GR 591 468

Hazelhurst Fell

429 m

GR 564 480

Hawthornthwaite Fell

478 m

GR 579 516

Clougha Pike

413 m

GR 544 595

Ward’s Stone (west)

560 m

GR 586 585

Ward’s Stone (east)

561 m

GR 593 587

Wolfhole Crag

527 m

GR 634 578

White Hill

544 m

GR 674 587

Knottend

430 m

GR 723 604

Burn Fell

431 m

GR 674 535

Whin’s Brow

476 m

GR 636 533