The Allendale Challenge. Organised by North Of Tyne MRT to raise funds for the team, it´s considered by many to be one of the toughest challenge walks around.

It is always very popular and should be a "must do" event for any keen walker or fell runner.

The route covers some of the finest peat bogs in the North Peninnes. Taking an anti-clockwise loop from Allendale town the route takes in Hard Rigg, Black Hill, Killhope Law before returning to the town via the Spartylea, The Drag, and Ladelwell. The weather on the event can be as challenging as the terrain which all adds to the fun.

As this is 25th Challenge we have some extra goodies included with your the entry


5th April 2014


25miles (40Km)


Allendale, Hexham, Northumberland.

Start Time:

Walkers 8.00am Runners 10.00am

Entry includes; certificate and refreshments Minimum Age: 18 years. (14 years accompanied by responsible adult)

Allendale Route Map

The Route

1. Start Allendale
2. Chimney, 807537 (C)
3. Ninebanks, 784524 (CRT)
4. Hard Rigg, 750488(C) 
5. Black Hill, 795444 (CRT) 
6. Killhope Law, 819448 (C)
7. Smelt Mill, 851464 (CRT) 
8. Spartylea, 851487 (CT) 
9. Ladle well, 877525 (CT)
 10. Stobb Cross,864539 
11. Finish Village hall, Allendale (CR) 

(C) denotes checkpoint
(T) denotes pickup point for retiring entrants
(R) denotes refreshments

Allendale Route Profile


Please note that, although most of the route follows defined rights of way. Lord Allendale has kindly granted us permission to cross Allendale Stinted Land where there is no right of way. This permission is only for the duration of the Allendale Challenge and in no way infers a right of way on any other occasion.
The organisers are extremely grateful to Lord Allendale for this gesture.


All entrants who retire must report to the nearest checkpoint to arrange official transport to the finish, and MUST in any case report to the finish. In past events great concern has occasionally been caused by entrants going straight home having failed to report to the finish. Every entrant who satisfactorily completes the course will be awarded a certificate and a T-Shirt. Camping is available locally before and after the event. Allendale also has some fine hotel and B&B Accommodation.


5th April 2014
25th Allendale Challenge