The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge (typically 12 hours) takes place in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, an area of brooding fells, broad green dales and spectacular waterfalls! The park is dominated by the peaks of Pen-y-ghent (694m/2276 ft), Whernside (736m/2414ft) and Ingleborough (723m/2372ft).
The Challenge is to follow a circular route of around 39 km/24 miles over these three peaks in twelve hours. The start and finish are situated in the picturesque village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale. This popular stopover for long distance walkers on the Pennine Way is located on the B6479, around 6 miles north of Settle and the A65, and has its own station on the Settle to Carlisle Railway.
Horton-in-Ribblesdale (above) boasts a café, a number of Pubs and Inns, a visitor information centre, and a campsite. Car parking is available at the start. It’s worth noting that this area gets very busy during summer months. Participants should consider arranging accommodation in Horton to allow for some celebratory drinks and recovery before heading home!
Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge – Event Information
After initially walking through Horton-in-Ribblesdale village you will head for the first peak, Pen-Y-Ghent (694m/2276ft), utilising parts of the Pennine Way. This is a fairly steep ascent and can be a shock to the system early in the morning! After enjoying spectacular views from the summit you will descend and on towards Ribblehead via the local Mosses which cover the low Dales. A short section of this route follows the B6479 road.
As your second peak comes into view, you will also see the Ribblehead Viaduct. There is an opportunity here to refill your water bottles and take a breather. From here the route then follows the Settle to Carlisle railway for a while, before starting the climb to the second summit of the route, Whernside (736m/2414ft).
The route then drops down to Chapel-le-Dale before the final climb up to Ingleborough (723m/2372ft). From here it’s a steady descent back towards Horton in Ribblesdale and the finish point!