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Route Summary:

Yorkshire’s own 3 peak challenge over the Peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside & Ingleborough.

This walk includes the 3 Hewitts of Whernside, Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent

This walk includes the 3 Nuttalls of Whernside, Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent

38.91 km 1455 m 12 hours

Calculate the time using Naismith’s Rule and factor in your own pace.

Start and Finish: Horton in Ribblesdale


Pub/camping at start with a pub at Chapel-le-dale – The Old Inn.



Remember that we cannot outline every single hazard on a walk – it’s up to you to be safe and competent. Read up on Mountain Safety , Navigation and what equipment you’ll need.

Public Transport:

Railway station at start/end of route.

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The Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge Details

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks is a walking challenge based on a circular route of reaching the summits of Yorkshires 3 highest peaks. It’s a challenge popular with experienced hikers trying to improve there PB, fell runners and those not so accustomed to climbing hills. Many charities run events for this challenge, as almost anyone with a basic fitness could complete it within the 12 hour time scale. But it’s by no means easy!

The Route

This 3 Peaks is roughly 24 miles of mixed terrain. The route takes in the Peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside & Ingleborough.

The first peak is Pen-Y-Ghent which looks over Horton in Ribblesdale. Within an hour you’re a the summit. No problems here. Now it’s a 5 mile walk to Ribblehead Viaduct where the ascent of Whernside begins. 3 Miles of continuous climbing begins, but with awesome views in all directions. After short scramble down Whernside, its a final pit stop before tackling Ingleborough. Named the ‘Yorkshire Matterhorn’, its easy ride to climb with 19 miles in your legs. Once over the bogs, you hit the wall before reaching the plateau on the top. It’s now time to head back to base and stop that watch! 4 mile-ish of rugged terrain becomes agricultural land and finally the village. Hurrah! The end is in sight.

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