Wild Trails to Far Horizons, through majestic scenery. The most stunning section of the Pennine Way, passing through High Cup Nick and traversing the mighty Crossfell, and highest point in England outside of The Lake District. If you’ve done any of our events before you will know what to expect; a tough day out, a relaxed event and very sociable. Entry fee is £55, inclusive of coach transport to the start from Alston YHA, and all the usual NAV4 trimmings.
Ok, now it’s in its sixth year, the consensus is that it is only 37 miles, but what the hell. It’s worth a bit more simply for it’s wilderness. The route follows a classic section of The Pennine Way, through the Cumbrian/Durham Pennines. From Bowlees you pass Low Force and High Force waterfalls on glorious Mid-Teesdale riverside paths. The amazing cascade of Cauldron’s Snout and the high and remote and stark Cow Green reservoir, marks the start of the traverse through to the magnificent geological feature of High Cup Nick. This quite simply an awesome slice out of the landscape, and leads to a steady descent to the Dufton Checkpoint. The climb to Old Man Knock follows and the traverse over Great Dun Fell and Crossfell, the highest point of England outside of the Lake District. A checkpoint at the iconic ‘Greg’s Hut is a welcome sight before a long descent to Garrigill, then riverside paths to the finish at Alston completes an amazing day.
This NAV4 mountain trail adventure is designed for runners and competent walkers on an amazingly diverse, challenging 39 mile route through an iconic region. Don’t be intimidated by the navigation. The trails are wild and remote, but the navigation is mainly easy. And, we’ll be hosting a recce or two of the wildest bit, the Crossfell traverse, in the Spring.
We have Alston YHA as our event centre. Pennine 39 is a linear route, so we bus you from Alston to the start at Bowlees, early on Saturday morning. As per 2021, there will be an 'Early' start at 8am for slower people, and the 'Standard' start at 9am.
'Slower; means anyone expecting to take over 11 hours. Please do not book an 'Early' start unless you expect to take 11 hours or more.
You can register at the Bowlees start for either start time.
Alston YHA serves as registration and the finish, as well as accommodation on Friday and Saturday nights, if you choose to stay with us. Alston is a great little hostel, with quality small bunk room accommodation, lounge dining room and kitchen facilities. The hostel is right next to The Pennine Way, and on the edge of the village which offers a range of shops and pubs, and other accommodation including B&B’s, hotels, etc.
Bunk rooms are small and we only use bottom bunks, and half fill the hostel. Naturally hostel bunks are limited, so get booked in early. Alternatively, Alston offers a range of accommodation options within walking distance.
Hostel bunks are bookable as extras;
We are very keen for people to use the train to get to us, and the nearest station is Langwathby on the Settle-Carlisle line. Penrith mainline station is the alternative, with many more trains. There will be a shuttle bus from Penrith via Langwathby at approximately 6pm and again around 8:30pm. Journey time is around 35 mins. These times might be tweaked slightly based on timetables and demand.
The shuttle bus costs just £10, and you can book a place when you enter, or at a later date, by adding it as an extra.
Lifts back on Sunday morning are available too - no need to book Sunday shuttle bus.
Please do check out the journey from Leeds, Skipton, Settle and up though the Dales is well worth taking for the scenery alone, on the iconic Settle-to-Carlisle line.
All NAV4 events are very friendly, low key and sociable. Pennine 39 is very small, needing dynamic logistics. For reference, I anticipate a minibus full for the Early Start and a coach for the Standard start We are open to all abilities, so don't feel intimidated and email me if you have any questions.