Tan Hill 200

(Event postponed until Summer/Autumn 2020)!

A 200 km Audax, long-distance cycling event from Lancashire to the Yorkshire Dales and back in a day.

Start: Burnley, Lancashire

Date: TBC

Time: 08:30 am

The Tan Hill 200 is a 200 km long-distance cycling event sanctioned by Audax UK (AUK), starting and finishing in the town of Burnley, Lancashire.

The event is a randonnee, not a race! Those taking part will have a maximum of 13-hours & 30-minutes to complete the challenging 200 km route.


Start by riding over the ‘Padiham Heights’ and the Nick o’ Pendle to Clitheroe before climbing over the Bowland Fells into the Yorkshire Dales over some of its legendary climbs including: Newby Head; Buttertubs Pass and Stonesdale Moor on the way to the Tan Hill Inn.

Buttertubs Pass, Yorkshire Dales

Riders should be prepared for a long but rewarding day’s cycling through the Forest of Bowland and the Yorkshire Dales and although few fail to finish, many riders take 12+ hours!

Overall, a wonderful days cycling with beautiful scenery covering some wild and exposed moorland (roads), but also close enough to midsummer for maximum use of daylight.

How hilly is it?

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The Tan Hill 200 has about 4000 metres of ascent spread over 200 km, equal to about 20 metres of climbing per km. In Audax terms, this makes the event a “Grimpeur” (Hilly), and is awarded 4 points for the Audax Altitude Award competition (click on the link below for more details of the AAA award)!


Elevation profile, Tan Hill 200


Event HQ is the Greenbrook Community Centre, Greenbrook Road, Burnley. Free breakfast, typically cereal/toast, tea/coffee/juice will be available at the start. Refreshments, typically sandwiches/cakes will be available at the finish.

Riders obtain proof of passage through a series of predetermined controls. Acceptable proof of passage requires independent evidence of time, date and control location. Acceptable forms include:

  • A timed signature of a controller designated by the organiser
  • A stamp, sticker or other distinct mark (inside the brevet card) provided by the event organiser and/or a controller
  • A printed receipt, with time, date and control location (usually from a cash register or ATM)
  • Other forms may be designated by the organiser, provided they are acceptable to AUK

Where a rider is unable to obtain proof of passage, an alternative form may be accepted at the organiser’s discretion.

There are 3 controls on the event, located at:

Slaidburn 27 km

Tan Hill Inn 99 km

Gargrave 167 km



By car:

Burnley is easily accessible by car, being just 3-miles from junction 8, M65 (click on the link below for start map).


By train:

The nearest mainline railway station is Burnley Manchester Road, about 2-miles from the event start. However, be aware there are no trains on the morning of the event. Travellers arriving by train are advised to arrive the night before and book some accommodation somewhere (see below for further details about this).


There are a few B & Bs in or around Padiham.

The nearest Travelodge is Burnley, located at junction 10, M65 (2-miles). http://www.travelodge.co.uk

The nearest Premier Inn is also in Burnley (5-miles). http://www.premierinn.com

The nearest Mercure hotels are Foxfields Country Hotel, Billington (5-miles) and The Dunkenhalgh Hotel near Clayton-le-Moors (5-miles). http://www.accorhotels.com

The nearest Holiday Inn’s are Burnley, jcn 10, M65 (2-miles) and Preston (19-miles). http://www.ichotels.com

The nearest IBIS is located at junction 1, M55, Preston north (21-miles). http://www.accorhotels.com


Entry fee: £8.00 when entering online through PayPal. non AUK/CTC/CUK members will see £3 automatically added to include temporary membership for insurance purposes!

N.B. entry fees are non-refundable and will be taken at the time of entry! The entry fee won’t fluctuate during the course that entries remain open!

Your confirmation email, usually received from PayPal immediately after entering and paying the entry fee, guarantees you a place on the event! Online entrants will also usually receive e-mail confirmation of their entry from the organiser’s within 72-hours of entering!

Full entry details on the AUK website calendar page.

Click on the link below to enter:


Entry fee includes:

  • Brevet card with detailed route-sheet giving precise instructions
  • Breakfast before the start (typically cereal/toast, tea/coffee/juice etc)
  • Refreshments at the finish (typically sandwiches/cakes etc)
  • Validation with Audax UK (AUK) and Audax Club Parisien (ACP)
  • Any photograph’s taken by the organiser/helpers during the event

Fancy a chat?

You’ll find the Tan Hill 200 on “Yet Another Cycling Forum” (YACF). Just click on the link below to access the relevant discussion page:


What do previous riders think?

You can get a flavour of the ride by reading over Peter Bond’s brilliant ride report from the 2011 edition by clicking on the link below:


Rider Adrian Hughes also completed a blog for the 2011 edition, and can be found here:


“This ride is a great challenge and should be on everyone’s ‘to-do’ list”  –  Paul Revell (2013)



Nigel Kelly, Waddington Fell


Dave Antrobus, Waddington Fell
Jeff Berry, Waddington Fell
Christopher Brown, Waddington Fell
Group climbing Waddington Fell
Christopher Brown, Buttertubs Pass
Jeff Berry, Buttertubs Pass
Mark Irons, Buttertubs Pass
Nigel Kelly, near Ribblehead
Stephen & Shirley Anderson
Chris Jones & Troy little
Cecil Ilsley
Thomas Towers & Nigel Kelly
Distant Pendle


3-peaks country
Ribblehead Viaduct
Riders deserved a drink here
David Mason