The Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge

Route Information

The Akston, Chapel Ln, Settle BD24 0HB, UK


Route Summary:

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

Distance: 39 Kms

Ascent: 1500 metres

Time: 12 hours

Start and Finish: Horton in Ribblesdale


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

Hazards: Distance

Public Transport:

Railway station at start/end of route.


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The Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge

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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!

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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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