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Fell running in Sedbergh

Fell running is traditionally a British sport.  Races can often be unpredictable because of the nature of the weather and the conditions that it creates. Add to this that you'll also be navigating on vague tracks with big hill climbs and it soon becomes clear that strength and endurance are just as important as fitness.


So what's the attraction?

"Fell running is a very unique and specialist sport. It has taken me to places that I would never have imagined I’d ever visit. I’ve seen glorious sunrises, breath-taking sunsets, stunning views and beautiful wildlife. I’ve also been fortunate enough to run with the legends of the sport and shared precious moments with like-minded friends that I’ll remember for the rest of my life." Ben Mounsey 'A rough guide to fell running'.


Sedbergh is becoming increasingly popular for fell running because the Howgill fells offer breathtaking climbs, views and descents over 12 miles long. Located just a short drive from junction 37 of the M6 they offer an arguably quieter challenge than that of the fells in the neighbouring Lake District. There are very few stiles or walls to circumnavigate and the open trails provide a real sense of 'the countryside unencumbered'. En route is the Calf which boasts Catuley Spout which is England's highest waterfall at 650m. See this wonderful route by Scot McAlister:



Sebergh hosts annual fell running events and these include:

The private school in Sedbergh (Sedbergh School) runs an annual running event called the Wilson run which has become a part of the Schools history. Since 1881 pupils have volunteered to run a 10 mile challenge crossing 12 fells over 300m high. Watch out for Desperation ditch though!

Organised by the Fell Runners Association this is a 14 mile race

The Montane Trail 10, 13 & 26 Howgills are popular routes. Choose the half marathon or the full marathon distance

This year Sedbergh was privileged to host the English School Fell Running Championships and at Howgills Accommodation we hosted a junior running team from the Isle of Man. We're delighted that they came away with bronze.


So if you're part of a running club or an individual who loves 'thrashing it out' on the fells, get in touch with us today. We're proud to think that we can provide you with wonderful accommodation that adds to the memories of a wonderful trip. Let us facilitate your adventure and make it one to remember. 


Review from the Manx Fell Runners that came to stay at Howgills House in September 2021:


"We're all back from an excellent weekend in Sedbergh now and the feedback on the accommodation was universally excellent - the kids absolutely loved it. It was perfect for us having a base for the event and having everyone together really made it. We're all hoping the next one is in Sedbergh as they'll expect the same standard next year and your accommodation has set the bar very high! It was a welcome step up from our usual youth hostels! Everything from the outdoor spaces, communal areas, bedrooms and kitchen were immaculate and very tastefully finished. It was genuinely quite sad to leave!"