As much of the Fellsman route is on private land, access has to be negotiated annually. A number of the landowners insist, as a condition of the continued use, that entrants follow a particular route on certain parts of their land.
For the most part, entrants plot their own route from one checkpoint to the next, however the instructions detailed below MUST be adhered to when navigating the relevant sections of the route. Failure to do this may lead to the landowner refusing access to the event in future years – this has happened in the past!
Although the following information is correct at the time at which the handbook goes to print the organisers reserve the right to apply additional restrictions as requested by the landoweners. Any additional information will be conveyed via the news blog prior to the event and will be announced on the weekend prior to the start. We advise you to check back regularly for any updates.
When approaching HILL INN, do not use the lane that passes the post office near Low Hill. Keep to the right toward the checkpoint, which is situated by the metalled road to the north east of the Hill Inn public house. On leaving the checkpoint, follow the road in a south-westerly direction and turn first right onto the metalled farm track, which leads toward Whernside.
On leaving the WHERNSIDE checkpoint, do not take the direct route down Blackside Pasture, but stay on the east side of the ridge wall until it can be crossed using the stile at NGR 724789. Proceed down High Brown Hill Pasture, using the marked gateway at NGR 714791.
Once through the KINGSDALE checkpoint, head towards the gate in the top corner of the field. Cross the next large steep pasture diagonally, using the stile in the top left-hand corner to cross the ridge wall.
From the checkpoint at GREAT COUM, descend in a north-westerly direction to the relocated FLINTER GILL checkpoint, in the far corner of the pasture.
After the FLINTER GILL checkpoint continue down the track, turning right at the end. Turn left after 400m, into another walled track and follow this into Dent village. Turn right onto the main road which leads to the checkpoint at Conder Farm.
When leaving the STONE HOUSE checkpoint, go back over the road bridge and up the walled track which passes under the viaduct. At the end of the walled section, marked by a beacon at NGR 794862, turn left and head in a northerly direction to GREAT KNOUTBERRY. After visiting the checkpoint, return to the beacon before proceeding to REDSHAW.
Prior to the REDSHAW checkpoint, pass through the gate at NGR 794848 which will be marked with a flashing beacon. Cross the field diagonally and use the stile in the opposite corner by the checkpoint. When leaving the REDSHAW checkpoint, follow the south side of the fence to SNAIZEHOLME.
Between the DODD FELL and FLEET MOSS checkpoints, use the beaconed route through two gates, (at NGRs 851837 and 855836), following the track eastward to the road below FLEET MOSS.
Entrants must stay south of the district border when leaving FLEETMOSS, taking a bearing towards High Pasture and not towards the edge of The Grainings. The MIDDLE TONGUE checkpoint (NGR 906 803) is deliberately on Yockenthwaite Moor to avoid an area we do not have permission to use.
HELLS GAP (NGR 936 818) – Again, all entrants must stay south of the district border, heading over Cray Moss and not Stake Moss. to avoid the same ‘no access’ area as MIDDLE TONGUE. (See map below)
After the CRAY checkpoint exit the field using the gate.
When leaving the BUCKDEN PIKE checkpoint, use the stile over onto the east side of the ridge wall and follow it for one mile to NGR 965776 to a hand-gate in the wall. Turn right through this gate and head in a southerly direction toward TOP MERE.
On leaving the CAPPLESTONE GATE checkpoint, keep the wall on your right-hand side as far as the junction with the green lane, then bear left, following the footpath to YARNBURY.