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Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge Walk
The Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge walk is one of the ultimate outdoor challenges you can do. Taking in the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, in that order, the aim is to complete the 24 mile route in 12 hours.
With the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge walk, we focus on the navigation and pacing so that you can focus on your walking, on what is always a memorable day, as we help you to complete the walk in 12 hours or under.
Places are limited as we like to keep the group size relatively small for this type of walking challenge for the enjoyment of our walkers and to the benefit of the local environment.
- Fully guided walking challenge
- Rewarding scenery throughout the walk
- View of the Ribblehead Viaduct
- A rewarding, fun, challenge walk
- Led by experienced mountain leaders
Accommodation for this tour is not included. For accommodation information and all essential tour information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.
Saturday – Walk
Grade 4+ walk – Yorkshire Three Peaks 24 miles (38km), with 5270 ft (1607m) of ascent
It will be an early start to make the most of the day. Meeting at 6.30am in Horton in Ribblesdale (see Trip Notes for further details) there will be time for a kit check and briefing before leading out for the first summit of the day.
The order of the 3 Peaks is:
- Pen-y-Ghent (691 metres)
- Whernside (728 metres)
- Ingleborough (723 metres)
Each of the 3 peaks is connected by good footpaths and the first 10 miles can be accomplished in surprisingly little time. The walk will finish back Horton in Ribblesdale later in the day.
Accommodation is not included as part of this tour. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Booking.com search accommodation in and around Horton in Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire.
Alternatively, the following accommodation are within 20 minutes by car from Horton in Ribblesdale:
The Lister Arms comfortable stay in Malham
The Buck Inn in Malham
YHA Malham budget accommodation in Malham
Ingleton Hostel budget accommodation in Ingleton
If you need assistance with accommodation or transport to the start of the walk, please do not hesitate to contact Country Adventures.
Food & Drink
For the walk(s) please bring with you a packed lunch and refreshments. Occasionally on some guided walks (Grade 1 to 2 walks) we may pass a country inn or tea room where if we have time we can call in, however having a packed lunch with you gives the group the freedom to have lunch wherever we are on the walking route.
For guided walking tours that require transport from the meeting point to the start of the walk, we use a minibus or where necessary local transport. There is no extra charge for this, it is included in the tour price.
Our walks are by no means designed to be endurance tests where everyone sets off at a blistering pace. Far from it, it’s about a fine day in the hills in good company enjoying the best of fell walking with exceptional views but it is important to state that for everyone’s walking enjoyment walking does require a minimum level of fitness and stamina. Hill / Mountain walking experience is not essential as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness. For the higher level graded walks (i.e. Challenging Grade) it is advisable that you are someone who enjoys regular cardio exercise or have experience of mountain walking and have the stamina/ leg strength in order to be better prepared for longer sections of uphill & downhill walking associated with higher mountain treks.
Walking Grades Explained
Grade 1 (Leisurely) Normally 5-8 miles, may include gentle ascents and descents of up to a total 1100ft of ascent and similar descent over a day’s walk. Easier scenic walking at lower altitudes along paths and tracks.
Grade 2 (Moderate) Normally 6-10 miles on paths and tracks, between 800ft – 1700ft of total ascent and similar descent. Longer walks, on hills and moorland.
Grade 3 (Moderate Mountain) Normally ranging from 6-10 miles, between 1700ft – 2600ft of ascent, similar descent. Longer walks, over higher ground with possibly steeper ups and downs on paths and tracks.
Grade 4 (Challenging) Normally ranging from 8-13 miles, between 1500ft – 3000+ft of ascent, similar descent, over undulating mountain terrain, walking at higher levels with steep ups and downs. Suitable for people with a good level of fitness.
What you need to bring with you for the walks
- Good, comfortable walking boots with a cleated sole and good ankle support are essential.
- Waterproof jacket and over-trousers.
- Warm, dry walking clothing. Unsuitable clothing includes Jeans or cotton tracksuit bottoms and cotton t-shirts (cotton is a poor insulating fabric and when wet it takes a long time to dry, which can lead to a rapid loss of body heat as well as being uncomfortable).
- A number of thin layers are better than one thick/ heavy jumper. We suggest a fleece for extra warmth especially when we stop on the hills for lunch.
- Hat and gloves (even in summer – any wind chill on the mountain tops will lead to cooler temperatures).
- Sunglasses, sun cream.
- Hot or cold drinks (i.e. a minimum of 2 litres of water).
- Plenty of food and drink for lunch and snacks.
- A rucksack large enough to carry it all in (20-30 litres), ideally with a waterproof liner.
- Any medication you need.
- Thermos flask. We recommend bringing warm drinks with you, as even on sunny days it can occasionally feel cooler, especially on the summits of the higher-level mountain walks.
- Walking poles (if you use them).
We want you to enjoy your time with Country Adventures and have the best possible adventure experience. Please be aware that if any participants are not properly equipped for the walk (i.e. with walking boots and waterproofs), at the guide’s discretion we reserve the right to not allow them on the walk for reasons of safety for both the individual and the group. If you need clarification any of the equipment requirements, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Tour Schedule & Activity Meeting Times
Please ensure you give yourself plenty of time to get to the meeting point at the required time. Due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Please meet in Horton in Ribblesdale at the Pen-y-Ghent café, the official starting point of the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge. There is limited road parking near the café but alternative car parks are located in Horton in Ribblesdale village (full details will be provided with your booking confirmation).
Address: Pen-y-ghent Café, Horton in Ribblesdale, BD24 0HE