Yorkshire Three Peaks Walking Weekend
To complete the 24-mile Yorkshire Three Peaks in 12 hours or under remains a popular challenge event, however on this Yorkshire Three Peaks walking weekend we like to take more time to appreciate and savour the surrounding scenery and landscape that is home to the famous summits of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen y Ghent.
- Walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks over two days
- Picturesque scenery
- Dramatic landscapes
- Good walking trails
Accommodation for this tour is not included. For accommodation information and all essential tour information please click on the ‘Trip Notes’ tab.
Friday – (Optional) Welcome Evening
Friday Welcome Evening (optional) is 8.30pm in Ingleton village. It’s a chance for everyone on the weekend to meet and the Country Adventures tour leader will be on hand to answer any questions about the planned walks. If you’re unable to make it to the Welcome Evening, the booking confirmation will detail everything you need to know about the weekend.
Saturday - Walk Day
Grade 4 – Whernside & Ingleborough 12 miles (19km), with 3073 ft (937m) of ascent
Today’s first stage of the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk starts next to the instantly recognisable Ribblehead Viaduct, to head up onto the first peak, Whernside. From the summit of Whernside, the trail drops down to the valley before rising up again to the peak of Ingleborough. Each of the two peaks offers exceptional views from the summit and each walking trail is enjoyable under foot, walking over a variety of gritstone, wooden boardwalk and limestone steps. From the summit of Ingleborough we descend down a scenic path that finishes back in the centre of Ingleton village.
The only thing to round off what will be a memorable walking experience is great hospitality, comfort and good food in the evening.
Sunday - Walk Day & Departure Day
Grade 3 – Pen y Ghent to Ribblehead Viaduct 10 miles (16km), with 2070 ft (631m) of ascent
Stage 2 of our Yorkshire Three Peaks walk concludes with Pen y Ghent, a distinctive and impressive looking peak in the Yorkshire Dales National Park and a wonderful section of the Yorkshire Three Peaks route. The Grade 3, 10-mile walk, starts from the picturesque village of Horton in Ribblesdale as we walk to the top of Pen y Ghent before descending down onto a scenic trail ending at the foot of Whernside and the famous Ribblehead Viaduct that the walk started from the day before. The minibus will meet us there to take us back to Ingleton village.
The walking weekend will finish in Ingleton between 4-5pm.
Accommodation is not included as part of this tour. If you require help with booking accommodation you may find the following links useful:
Ingleton Hostel budget accommodation in Ingleton
Booking.com search for accommodation in Ingleton, North Yorkshire
We recommend booking accommodation in Ingleton for easy reach to the meeting point for both the walks and social evenings.
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.
On Saturday evening, an optional social evening in Ingleton is organised by Country Adventures, where the group can meet up for a drink and enjoy an evening meal together.
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. The transport for our day walks will leave promptly at the stated time and due to the nature of scheduled tours, we are unable to provide refunds if unfortunately, you miss the departure time.
Welcome Evening – 8.30pm in Ingleton (meeting point details will be provided in your final booking confirmation)
Walking Days – 9.00am in Ingleton (meeting point details will be provided in your final booking confirmation)
Address: Ingleton, LA6 3HX