Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
This exciting and rewarding challenge will have you trekking over the famous Yorkshire 3 Peaks within a period of just 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine Range and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The route is extremely scenic and provides spectacular views over the stunning Yorkshire countryside. The total distance of 23.5 miles, should take approximately 11-13hrs for fit walkers.
Organisation of event
Qualified UK Mountain Leaders
First aid trained Staff
Support vehicle & driver
VHF Radio Backup
Hot/cold drinks & snacks.
9 Week Training Program
15% Discount Voucher for Cotswold Outdoor
Personal drinks and meals.
Travel to and from the Challenge.
How to book your challenge
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the website, simply click Dates and Availability, You will need to pay a non-refundable deposit of £35.00 at the time of booking.
It is possible to reserve a place on this challenge by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, however you will need to pay your deposit of £35.00 to confirm your place on this trek together with completing a booking form.
The full balance is required to be paid no less than 4 weeks prior to departure.
We begin our Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge in Horton-in-Ribbleside early morning usually around 5am depending on the time of year.
The first peak, Pen-Y-Ghent, is the smallest peak of the challenge, standing at 691m, with spectacular views as you trek into the sunrise, it is a stunning way to start the challenge. The walk to the Pen Y Ghent takes approximately 2hrs. Once on the summit you will have the chance to enjoy the breath-taking views of the area.
As we near the famous Ribblehead Viaduct we reach our first check point of the challenge, where we have time for a short break and a warming cup of tea.
It’s a long gradual climb to the summit of Whernside taking approximately 7.5hrs walking a total distance of 14.5 miles to this point. Once on the summit we will stop for a short break and a quick snack, before we begin the steep descent to Chapel-le-Dale, with 17miles now in the bag, we arrive our final check point of the challenge before our climbing our final peak Ingleborough.
At 19 miles and 10hrs walking, our final hurdle of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks is insight, slowly climbing the zigzag path to the summit you are rewarded with views across all 3 peaks. Our descent into Horton-in-Ribbleside should take us approximately 1.5hrs, arriving at our finish line for a celebration and a glass of bubbly.
Total Distance – 37km/23miles
Target time: 12 hours
Meet in Horton-in-Ribbleside 07.00am
Begin Ben Pen Y Ghent 07.30am
Check point 1 Ribblehead 12.30am
Summit Whernside 15.00
Arrive check point 2: 16.15
Ingleborough Summit 17.20
Arrive Horton-in-Ribbleside 19.00
What are the group sizes?
Our maximum size group is 12 per Mountain Leader, with a minimum of 6 per group
Who will be leading the group?
We employ experienced and fully qualified Mountain Leaders to accompany and lead you. They are Mountain First Aid trained and have extensive experience in leading in the mountains and the three peaks challenge. They will be ultimately responsible for your safety on the mountain and the rest of the group. They will be carrying full safety equipment and mountain first aid kits with them.
How fit do I need to be?
Training and a good level of mountain walking fitness is definitely required, this is not for the faint-hearted. This is a tough challenge and physically and mentally draining. As much preparation and training you put in beforehand the better chance of success you have.
What is the weather likely to be like?
The mountain weather in the U.K. can be very changeable, it can be Glorious sunshine down at the base but be wet and windy on the summit. It is not uncommon for it to change from clear blues skies to rain and fog in moments. It is important to follow the advice we give and carry the correct kit (please see kit list)
What do you do to protect the environment?
We limit the impact we have on the surrounding environment by remaining on the paths at all times so as not to cause further erosion on the mountain. We will ensure that all rubbish is disposed of responsibly and take all rubbish away with us.
Please note that accommodation is not included. For guidance with accommodation options, please feel free to visit www.visittheyorkshiredales.co.uk.