Yorkshire Trod 100 & 50k Challenge

Saturday 23rd to Sunday 24th October 2021



Yorkshire Trod 100 & 50k

The Yorkshire Trod 100 is back for 2021. 100km, 24 hour challenge event based in the Yorkshire Dales starting and finishing in the village of Grassington.

There will also be a 50km option, which will be open to walkers as well as runners with and 18 hour time limit.

This is a self-navigated, low-key event with no way markers and few marshals so map reading, navigation skills and experience on the fells is a requirement of entering this race and you are agreeing to this rule when entering.

The route takes you through Threshfield to Weets Top at Malham, along the shore of Malham Tarn before heading across the moor descending into Arncliffe. From Arncliffe (check point and food station) you will go through the villages of Litton, Buckden, Starbotton and Kettlewell (the 100 will climb Bucken Pike H-702m) before returning to Grassington where the 50km will finish. For the 100 you will recharge at the food station in the institute then continue to Burnsall.  The route heads towards Trollers Gill dropping down to Parceval Hall before the climb of Simons Seat. Eventually you will cross near Barden Tower/Strid Wood climbing to Barden/Embsay moor for Cracoe War Memorial. You are now in sight of the finish, descending into Thorpe then making your way back to Grassington for a hot meal at Grassington institute.


Start 8am  |  Grassington Devonshire Institute, 48 Main Street, Grassington, BD23 5AA


Tracking & Checkpoints

Each participant will carry a tracker which we will monitor to ensure that all checkpoints are visited as most CP will be unmanned.

Water will be available roughly every 10-12km with the main feed stations roughly every 25k. The first food station is in Arncliffe Village hall, with a range of light snacks, pasta, cheese, bread, fruit and cakes. The second will be at 50k, serving a hot food option as well. Plus tea, Coffee and juices. The third food station for the 100k runners will be on Barden moor, serving hot drinks and snacks as at Arncliffe, then a hot meal at the finish in Grassington institute.


Start/Finish & Registration

Registration is at Grassington Institute.  Registration will be open from 7pm – 9pm on the Friday night, then 6.30am – 7.40am Saturday morning. A full kit check will be done at registration and you will not be registered to race unless you have the required kit. Please give yourself plenty of time to arrive, park and have the kit check.



The minimum kit for both 50k & 100k is as follows and random kit checks may be carried out on route at various checkpoints. Anyone who does not have the full kit will be taken out of the race.

  • Waterproof coat with fully taped seams
  • Waterproof trousers with taped seams
  • Long sleeved base layer
  • Long sleeved mid layer
  • Warm hat (buff is not enough)
  • Gloves
  • Map which covers the route,  OL2 and OL30 or BMC Yorkshire Dales map
  • Compass…. And skills to use these!
  • Whistle, Survival bag,
  • Food.. 100g of emergency food as well as food to keep you going between food stations. Gels and jelly babies are not enough! Email us for advice if needed.
  • A personal First-Aid Kit with minimum contents; 1 bandage, 4 safety pins, 1 wound dressing, 6 adhesive dressings.
  • Head torch with spare batteries or extra head torch.
  • Water bottle, cup and a spoon/spork


Route/Check Points

The route will not be way marked apart from the last couple of miles of the 100k. The following check points must be reached and your tracker will show if you have not reached the CP. Not all check points will be manned, you will not have to do anything other than run/walk within 1 meter of the CP.

These are 2019 check points, 2020 grid refs may be slightly 'tweaked' but the route is the same... look out for updates!

The grid references for each CP are:

  • CP1, Moor Lane/Keighley Wood SD 951 608
  • CP2, Malham Tarn Car park SD 894 658
  • CP3, Arncliffe Village Hall SD 932 717
  • CP4, Litton SD 907 741
  • CP5, Buckden SD 943 773 ( 50k participants now go to CP 6, 100k go to CP 5B)
  • CP5B, Buckden Pike SD 961 788
  • CP6, Starbotton SD 954 747 (50k may continue along the dalesway footpath and do not need to cross the bridge into the village unless they want to use the Paradise footpath to Kettlewell)
  • CP7, Grassington Institute SE 003 642 (50k Finish)
  • CP8, Burnsall bridge SE 033 611
  • CP9, New Road SE 063 621
  • CP10, Simons Seat 078 599
  • CP11, Stangs Lane 060 593
  • CP12, Black Hill Car park SE 037 553
  • CP13, Cracoe War Memorial SD 993 589
  • CP14, Thorpe SE 014 618
  • CP15, FINISH Grassington Institute SE 003 642


Entry Fee 100k

  • Early bird before 01/03/20 £50
  • 01/03/19 - 01/06/20 £55
  • 02/06/19- 16/10/20 £65


Entry Fee 50k

  • Early bird before 01/03/20 £40
  • 01/03/19 - 01/06/20 £45
  • 02/06/19- 16/10/20 £55


Updates and Rules for The Yorkshire Trod

  • Unless stated no road sections are permitted and we have given a little more info here.
  • The start of the route until Threshfield Moor will be partially marked so all runners/walkers will take the same route for the first 3km.
  • There are 2 small sections of road after Weets Top, depending on route choice.  Either Hawthorns Lane or Smearbottoms Lane.  You will obviously use the road until you reach the footpath, You must take an off road route as soon as one is available. So either join the Pennine Way to the West of Weets Top then make your route choice, or off Smearbottoms Lane , North, the path opposite Middle Laithe.
  • The section from Arncliffe to Litton you must use the public footpath along the river NOT the road.
  • Starbotton to Kettlewell must be off road, either footpath; Dales Way or the Paradise path on the other side of the road is fine.
  • A road section in Kettlewell is allowed, from entering the village until SD 974 713, where the dales way leaves the road and heads up High Gate Leys Lane.
  • Out of Grassington on the 100K route the road must not be used past these points SD 997 638 and SE 003 637, basically you need to join the Dales Way ASAP.
  • You may use the road between Barden Bridge and Black Hill Car Park CP12 but a head torch must be worn and turned on after dusk, and reflective clothing worn.  This can simply be outdoor clothing, which already has reflective strips as part of the garment.
  • SE 025 623 Suspention Bridge at Hebden  will be added as a check point so that people use the Dales Way to return to Grassington not roads, and to avoid people trying to find the footpaths between Thorpe and Grassington which could end up with people making mistakes and trespassing.



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