Can you conquer 25 miles and 3 peaks through the Yorkshire Dales?
The hills of Whernside (736 m or 2,415 ft), Ingleborough (723 m or 2,372 ft) and Pen-y-ghent (694 m or 2,277 ft) are collectively known as the Three Peaks. The peaks, which form part of the Pennine range, encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the North of England. While probably the original three peak walk within the UK, it’s not to be confused with the now more popular National 3 Peaks Challenge, the epithet “Yorkshire” is therefore now commonly added to differentiate Yorkshire’s Three Peaks.
The walk covers a distance of 37.5 to 42km (23.3-26.1 miles). The route is a circuit of all three peaks with nearly 1,600m (5,249 ft) of ascent and descent. A challenge that many walkers aim for when undertaking the walk is to complete the walk in under 12 hours. For most people the route starts in the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale, though many start from various points in the circular route, such as Chapel-le-Dale. Historically Chapel-le-Dale was the starting point though this probably changed when the Pen-y-ghent Cafe started running their clocking in and out service for walkers.
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To complete the challenge you should:
- Summit the 3 peaks below and trek between them.
- Take a photo at the summit of Pen-y-Ghent at 694m.
- Take a photo at the summit of Whernside at 736m.
- Take a photo at the summit of Ingleborough at 694m.
- Upload your favourite photos from the trek.
If you want you can also share your health stats for the day showing distance and times or your well deserved food & drink rewards at the end of the hike!
Once the summits have been ascended and the challenge completed you can buy the Yorkshire 3 Peaks TravelMedal by clicking on the links below.
Embossed commemorative medal in metal, fulfilled on Amazon. The diameter is 6cm across and a three striped green ribbon provided. CLICK THE IMAGE OR HERE TO ORDER!
The Three Peaks Challenge site has information on this challenge. For some reviews of taking on this challenge, visit the Trip Advisor page for this challenge. Additionally, the Yorkshire Dales National Park site has a wealth of information on 3 Peaks and all the surrounding area.
For a guided walk there are plenty of options for tours. Large Outdoors has been organising a fully guided Yorkshire 3 peaks your for years, therefore they know exactly what’s needed to help their guests accomplish the fantastic achievement of walking 25 miles through stunning Yorkshire Dales scenery. They have focused on a small group atmosphere to make it a friendly occasion with plenty of encouragement. Check out their site to get more details not eh route, whats included and dates available.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
For anyone considering this challenge, check out Dean Read’s video completing the trek. On his channel you will find videos from his outdoor adventures in the hills of the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, Lake District, Snowdonia, Scottish Highlands, The Cairngorms and beyond. In this video Lisa and Dean tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge with their friends, Molly, Tim, Chris, Lee and Steve. The 24.5 mile route starts from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, climbs Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough with a total of 1,550 metres of altitude gain all in less than 12 hours. For more adventures follow Dean on his Instagram page.