Virtual National Trails - Pennine Way Your Way
Organised by UltraBritain Virtual
19th June 2021 - 30th June 2024
Virtual Challenge based on the Pennine Way - choose your own start date and challenge duration
Take on our 431km (268 mile) Virtual Pennine Way Challenge!
Virtual National Trails - The Pennine Way Your Way
Your challenge is based on the Pennine Way, one of our magnificent National Trails.
The full trail extends 268 miles (431km) down from Kirk Yetholm just inside the Scottish border to Edale in the Peak District through the Northumberland National Park and the Yorkshire Dales.
It crosses old Roman roads, peat bogs, moors and mountain tops. It's remote and exposed to the elements for much of its length as you explore some of England's grandest and most dramatic landscapes.
Of all the National Trails, the Pennine Way is the oldest, created back in 1965. Tom Stephenson is credited for the passing of the National Parks and Access to the Countryside Act in 1949 and then the inauguration of the Pennine Way 16 years later. It's easy to take for granted our access to these trails and wider rights to roam in the countryside now but prior to this period no such rights existed.
The course record (for the traditional South to North route) is held by John Kelly in a ridiculous 2 days, 10 hours, 4 minutes and 53s! You may be thinking that's a bit too much of a challenge! But don't worry - you get to pick when you want to start and how long you want to take so you can set a challenge that's just right for you.
You can also take part as a team and share the journey.
Supporting the Real TrailWe donate a pound from every entry to the Association that maintains the trail These bodies run on a shoestring, are largely made up of volunteers and have a hugely important role in protecting the trail from erosion and other obstacles.
UltraBritain is a 1% For The Planet member and as such we also donate a minimum of 1% of all revenues to our 1% partner which is the South West Coast Path Association so your taking part benefits these priceless resources in two ways!
How It WorksPick your start date and how many days you want your challenge to run within the entry form.
Here's a handy tool to work out just what you're committing to! Select your start date and the number of days (it defaults to 60, but you can change this to anything)
We count all your on-foot activities - walking, hiking, running, treadmill - and you can either log them automatically if you have (or set up) a free Strava account, or manually if you prefer.
We'll show your progress along the route on our live map and let you know how you're doing against your goal.
You can personalise your marker on the map too - we'll use your avatar if you have one. Go to My Account -> Personal Details to update yours.
Reach the finish and we'll award you our special medal or alternatively if you prefer, exchange that for your very own Trees Not Tees tree. They plant native trees in their managed forests in Scotland to absorb CO2 from the atmosphere and will send you a personal ownership certificate including both a photo and location of your tree.
You'll receive a weekly email showing how far you've got and what you have left to do.
We'll send you a real postcard from the trail when you've passed the halfway mark.
TeamsYou can complete the trail as a team if you prefer - why not get your friends or family involved?
To create a team, or join an existing one, once you have entered, find the event ticket in your account and tap the 'team' tab.
If you take part as a team, all team members' miles are added together.
So sign up today and motivate yourself to keep exercising and achieve something special!
- Essential Information
- This event can record your activities automatically via Strava, Garmin Connect or Fitbit
- Date: 19th June, 2021 to 30th June, 2024
- Start Time: 00:00
- Event Format
- Virtual Event
- 268 miles (431km) in a time limit of your choice