Guest Blog: My Favourite Run by YHA’s Alastair Boyd
We asked Alastair Boyd, Manager of YHA Castleton in the Peak District, to share his…
Our featured run for August heads to Fountains Fell in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales National Park. Starting from peaceful Malham Tarn, high above the famous cove and limestone pavement, this is an exhilarating and varied run combining a classic section of the Pennine Way with rugged, pathless fell running.
Distance: 8½ miles (14km)
Start/finish: Malham Tarn Field Centre, BD24 9PU
Terrain: Track, trail, rough moorland
Ascent: 395 metres
Navigation: Moderate – sparsely waymarked
Good for: Ascents, national trail, families
A hugely enjoyable, varied run starting at the great silver expanse of Malham Tarn,with breathtaking views from the ridge. From start follow track SE towards Malham Tarn. Turn L onto Pennine Way and continue for 4 miles, ascending to Fountains Fell ridge. At cairn turn L leaving Pennine Way and follow waymarks along ridge. At third wall turn L following waymarks and wall SE on exhilarating descent to valley. Run through three gates to reach bridleway. At road turn R to return to start. Nearby Malham Cove and fascinating limestone pavement are within easy and enjoyable running distance, or great to take the family exploring. See the Fountains Fell route page for full run details and mapping.