THE MALLERSTANG YOMP YORKSHIRE DALES CHALLENGE WALK
With Mark Reid FRGS – author of ‘The Inn Way’ & Mountain Leader
Wild Boar Fell – Mallerstang Edge – Nine Standards
37 km (23 miles) – 1,300 metres of ascent – 12 hours
The Mallerstang Yomp traces a high-level route around the hills, fells and mountains that encircle the Upper Eden Valley, known as Mallerstang, in the western Yorkshire Dales (Westmorland Dales). This long distance challenge walk starts and finishes in the lovely town of Kirkby Stephen.
THE MALLERSTANG YOMP
The Mallerstang Yomp is a 23 mile route with 1,300m of climbing that will take around 12 hours to complete. Essentially, the route follows the hills, fells and mountains that encircle the upper reaches of the Upper Eden Valley (Mallerstang), including…
1. Wild Boar Fell (708m)
2. Swarth Fell (681m)
3. Gregory Chapel (695m)
4. High Seat (709m)
5. Nine Standards (662m)
From Kirkby Stephen, we head south rising steadily up onto the broad ridge of Little Fell before reaching the magnificent summit of Wild Boar Fell, which dominates the western side of Mallerstang. We then continue south over nearby Swarth Fell before dropping down to cross the infant River Eden, at the watershed with the River Ure; the Eden flows into the Irish Sea whilst the Ure flows into the North Sea.
Another climb then ensues up alongside Hell Gill before we follow the escarpment of Mallerstang Edge to the summits of Gregory Chapel and High Seat, high on the eastern side of Mallerstang. A high-level walk now follows along Mallerstang Edge to High Pike Hill, before dropping down into the saddle of Lamps Moss. A final climb then takes us up onto the iconic Nine Standards, with its collection of huge cairns dominating the skyline.
It is a demanding walk that requires a good level of fitness and so must be approached with preparation and training, but it is also a rewarding walk that will be remembered for many years for its variety of incredible views, amazing landscapes and diverse terrain. Much of this walk follows indistinct paths across exposed, open moorland and fell; some sections are pathless across rough, open ground.
This is a true mountain challenge walk, away from the crowds.
Mark Reid knows the Yorkshire Dales like the back of his hand and will guide you around this route (whilst also sharing his knowledge of the area), so that you can forget about navigating and concentrate on enjoying the walk instead!
This guided walk is designed for solo or small groups of walkers who want to take on the Mallerstang Yomp, but don’t want to worry about route finding.
- Fully guided walk with Mark Reid (Mountain Leader)
- Experience the comaraderie of walking a challenge route with other like-minded walkers
- Discover the history, heritage, flora and fauna of the Yorkshire Dales
- Share your sense of achievement with your fellow walkers
- Small group sizes – maximum 8 people per walk
- You are GUARANTEED not to get lost on our guided walk!
OUTLINE OF THE DAY
7am: Meet at Kirkby Stephen. Weather forecast, gear check & briefing.
7:30am – 7:30pm: Fully guided walk around the Mallerstang Yomp challenge walk
7:30pm: Debrief back at Kirkby Stephen pub, then head home
NB: Finish time is approximate
YOUR GUIDE - MARK REID
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England. Mark has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster and is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS). Mark has walked over 28,000 miles of footpaths since 1997, and has taken over 17,000 people out walking in the countryside – he’s been an Outdoor Professional for 26 years! Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS & INFORMATION
- No previous hill-walking experience is required as full guidance will be given.
- This is a long distance challenge walk that covers 37 km (23 miles) in a single day, with 1,300m of ascent that will take around 12 hours to complete. It is a long and demanding walk, with rough and boggy terrain in places as well as sustained ascents/descents and exposed moorland.
- A good level of fitness and stamina will be required to complete this walk; preparation and training will be necessary.
- Successful completion of this walk will depend upon your own level of fitness, stamina and preparation, as well as good fitting boots and no minor injuries along the walk, such as blisters, pulled muscles or sore knees etc. By taking part in this guided walk, you understand and accept the risks involved in undertaking a long distance challenge walk. Participation of this guided walk is no guarantee of successful completion.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 17,000 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimize potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our walks are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the walk by their parent/legal guardian.
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