Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
- 2 boots. 3 mountains. 24 miles. 1585m of ascent. 12 hours! Tick!
- Conquer the highest 3 peaks of the Yorkshire Dales – Pen-y-Ghent (694m/2,276 ft), Whernside (736m/2,415 ft) and Ingleborough (723m/2,372 ft) in 1 day
- Circular route through the distinctive landscape of high heather moorland, stepped skylines and flat-topped hills, punctuated by scenic stone walled farms and windswept trails
- Trek with pride knowing you are helping support the work of Cool Earth
- Accompanied by friendly Adventurous Ewe Mountain Leaders
- New safety and well-being guidelines are in place for this adventure
- We look forward to welcoming you to the picturesque Yorkshire Dales
The Yorkshire Dales – protected as a national park since the 1954 – sets an incredible geographic scene for this iconic and tough challenge. The park’s glacial valleys are characterised by a distinctive landscape of high heather moorland, stepped skylines and flat-topped hills, punctuated by scenic stone walled farms and windswept trails where the skyline is dominated by a trio of distinctive hills known as the Yorkshire 3 Peaks : Pen-y-Ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (724m). Your challenge awaits.
Whether you’re on a personal mission or part of a group looking to make a team effort, we’re really excited to welcome you to Yorkshire and showcase the very best of this amazing environment and it’s impressive geology.
If you have any questions please get in touch by email: email@example.com or call 01492 588 069.
- Personalised trip support in the lead up from Adventurous Ewe
- Training guide
- Discount on personal kit from Joe Brown, The Climber’s Shop and ashmei athletic apparel both in shop and online
- Trek info supplied via our free mobile travel app, Vamoos
- Digital trip briefing sent before your arrival in Yorkshire
- Public liability insurance
- Risk assessment and emergency management planning.
During your trip:
- Safety briefing
- Certified Local Mountain Leaders
- Support vehicle and crew member
- Full back-up support including first-aid qualified staff and first-aid supplies
- Entrance permission to national parks
- Checkpoints with snacks and refilling of water bottle/s and thermos (please provide your own water bottles and thermos for refilling)
- All challenge management and hygienic cleaning procedures of equipment before, during and post trek.
- Clothing and equipment listed on your Kit List
- Water bottle/s and/or camelbaks/platypus and thermos for filling and refilling. Please provide your own bottles as this is to minimise the use of plastic bottles
- Personal snacks and electrolytes
- Accommodation and dinner the night before and after your trek. This can be arranged at an additional cost
- Personal spending money
- Any costs incurred with retiring from the event early ie. hotel accommodation, change of travel tickets, any medical costs, etc.
- If you are travelling by train, please ensure you book an open-ended ticket for your return journey.
How to book
The easiest way to book your trip is online via the website, simply click Dates and Availability. You will need to pay a deposit of £35.00pp at the time of booking.
The remaining balance of £40pp is required to be paid no less than 5 weeks prior to departure.
We recommend arriving in Horton-on-Ribblesdale the night prior to your trek given the early start the following day. Please visit http://www.horton-in-ribblesdale.com/accommodation.shtml to book a place where you feel most comfortable and which suits your budget. This is at your own expense.
- Pen-y-ghent Café (BD24 0HE), Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Pen-y-ghent (694m)
- Height: 694m / 2,227 ft
Time to Pen-y-ghent summit (based on 12 hours): 1 hour 15 mins / 1 hour 30 mins
Starting in the quaint village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale in North Yorkshire as the sun starts to rise illuminating the outline of your first mountain, Pen-Y-Ghent at 694m. The crisp morning air accompanies your 3-mile route winding through farmland and up the steep sided mountain to claim your first peak in the early morning glow. Pen-y-Gent = tick!
Pen-y-ghent (694m) to Whernside (736m)
- Height: 736 m / 2415 ft
- Time from Pen-y-ghent to Whernside (based on 12 hours): approx. 5 hours
This is the longest section between peaks however the incline is not too harsh on the legs. The majority of this leg is through green valleys, patchworked with drystone dykes and little barns, picture-postcard villages and plenty of grazing sheep. In the limestone country of the southern Dales you’ll find England’s best examples of karst scenery (created by rainwater dissolving the underlying limestone bedrock).
On reaching the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct, built in 1870 – 1874, striding across the upper Ribblesdale moorland it’s time for a quick pit stop at your first checkpoint to refill water bottles and flasks and have a re-energising snack. The trail then travels below the viaduct’s 24 towering arches, before the rail line disappearing into the Blea Moor Tunnel. You’ll then conquer your second and the highest peak of your challenge, Whernside at 736m, and be rewarded with vast panoramic views over the Yorkshire Dales. Whernside = tick!
Whernside (736m) to Ingleborough (723m)
- Height: 723 m / 2,372 ft
- Time from Whernside to Ingleborough (based on 12 hours): 3 hours – 3 hours 13 mins
Following the route through traditional Yorkshire farmlands and charming villages, the trail leads onto a boardwalk rising above the often boggy moorlands to start your final steep climb to claim your third and final summit, Ingleborough at 723m. Immerse yourself in more rewarding views as the late afternoon sun changes the colours of the landscape and the huge achievement of standing on the summit of your third and final peak. Ingleborough = tick!
Ingleborough to Horton-in-Ribblesdale
- Time from Ingleborough to Horton-in-Ribblesdale (based on 12 hours): 2 hours 15 mins – 2 hours 30 mins
With the 3 peaks in the bag it’s time for your weary legs to travel down through green slopes fragmented with limestone rocks. Arriving back in Horton-in-Ribblesdale your Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge in 12 hours is done & dusted and you’ll be enthralled with a huge sense of achievement with completing this tough and iconic challenge.
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.