Although I have mountain biked in the Howgills and done some training many years ago for the KIMM, it is an area I not run in very often.
The well grazed slopes actually make it perfect for Bob Graham training, you can just plot a route up and down all the long ridges, so lots of steep ascent and descent!
On a perfect January day, frosty underfoot we (Ian, Martin, Rob and myself) tackled a 20 km route with around 5,500 feet of ascent and descent.
The last climb up from the Cautley Spout valley to Great Dummacks is a monster for sure, over 1,500 feet of relentless ascent. If this doesn't make your legs strong nothing will!
|Ian ascending Nab Comb, Howgills|
|Martin on the very long (1,500ft of ascent) ridge of Bram Rigg|
|Tom enjoying the great weather - Bram Rigg Top|
|Map of our Howgills Running Route|