The Yomp Mountain Challenge!


The Yomp Mountain Challenge is a thrilling annual event held in Kirkby Stephen! Whether you fancy running, racing or walking over the Cumbrian fells, this fantastic event raises money for charity. There are three different routes to take part in - a 23 miles course, an 11.5 miles route or a 6.5 miles challenge! Whichever route you take, you'll venture over fells, bogs and tussocks! We have a wide selection of Cottages in Cumbria, perfect if you're looking for accommodation nearby. 

The title 'Yomp' comes from the Forces term for a long march over open terrain and the event was founded to recognise the extremely difficult Yomp made by the British Army over 32 years ago when they marched across the Falklands to reclaim Port Stanley from the Argentinians.

Organised by the Rotary Club of Upper Eden, everyone taking part receives a certificate and a well earned brew and bun. 

The Full Yomp (23 miles, 4,000 ft) begins at Kirkby Stephen Grammar School and heads South taking in Wild Boar Fell and Swarth Fell before travelling down to Aisgill Moor. The route then rises over Hell Gill onto Mallerstand Edge, over High Seat and High Pike and then drops down. The final part of the course is the climb to the Nine Standards and then the descent to Kirkby Stephen.

Less demanding but still facing some challenging terrain, the Half Yomp (11.5 miles) encompasses the full of ascent of the Nine Standards and the route climbs to 2,000 ft.

The Short Yomp is perfect for children over 5 walking with parents or teachers. The course follows the same terrain as the final section of the two longer routes, featuing the Nine Standards. 

If you're searching for a family-friendly holiday home nearby, The Old Stables is a character cottage for 8 guests with 1 pet and is in a fantastic location beneath Mallerstang Edge and Wild Boar Fell in the Eden Valley. Click here for availability.