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The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
The 3 Peaks:
Pen Y Ghent (694m)
Distance: 43 km
Height gain: 1400 metres
Challenge Duration: 12 hours max
Meeting Point: The Station Inn, Ribblehead
Nearest Station: Ribblehead
Meet Time: 06:00 hrs
Start Time: 06:30 hrs
Break Stops: 2
Difficulty Level: Medium / Tough
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is one of England's most enjoyable and achievable walking challenges.
It is perfectly situated in the Yorkshire Dales with great access via the M6 and A65. The challenge itself tackles the three great Yorkshire Hills of Whernside (736 m) Pen y Ghent (694 m) and Ingleborough (724 m). Collectively that gives 2154 metres of ascent with the peaks situated to create a continuous 25 mile loop that can be walked clockwise or anticlockwise.
The landscape of the Yorkshire three peaks is incredibly beautiful with the lush green limestone dales contrasting with the wild windswept gritstone peaks and moors beyond.
The traditional route for the Yorkshire Three Peaks begins and ends in Horton in Ribblesdale, however over recent years this has put a great strain on the village and its amenities. It is because of this that we choose to begin our challenge near Ribblehead viaduct and walk it in an anticlockwise direction such that the teams arrive in Horton in Ribblesdale, in the middle of the day and that's greatly reduce the impact on the residents of the village.
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Cost: £65 pp
Fully guided walk around the Three Yorkshire Peaks
Fully qualified and passionate mountain leaders throughout
Full insurance for the time you are with Peak Challenge
Price Doesn’t Include
Travel to and from the start point
Accommodation before or after the challenge
Your main food for the challenge
Important things to know
It’s beautiful - even if the weather is bad!
Make sure your boots fit, are waterproof and comfy
Pack light - don’t bring heavy items that you don’t need.
Stay over in a quaint B&B is highly recommended
Walking poles are great - if you have them, use them.
If it’s sunny, take your sunglasses, sunhat and sun cream!
It’s OK to come along on your own as an individual.
There are so many like minded folk that you’ll fit in a make friends within the first 200 metres of walking
06:00 Meet at the Station Inn, Ribblehead
06:30 Commence walking
08:00 Whernside Summit
09:15 Hill Inn
10:45 Ingleborough Summit
12:30 Horton In Ribblesdale
14:15 Pen Y Ghent Summit
17:15 Finish at The Station Inn