Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge - with a difference!

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge - with a difference!


The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is one of Britain's best know challenge walks.  Traditionally it is started from the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale and the mountains of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough are then ascended as part of one big circular walk, with the target to complete the challenge within 12 hours. 


My fully guided version of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge eliminates some of the problems with doing it the traditional way.  We meet at about 7:05am in Horton-in Ribblesdale where you can leave your car in the pay & display car park.  We then get the train to Ribblehead and start our walk from there, ascending Whernside first, then Ingleborough, then descending back into Horton-in-Ribblesdale.  From there we do a circular walk up onto Pen-y-Ghent and back.


The benefits of doing it this way are:

  • We avoid the crowds on this popular challenge, by starting part way round the traditional route. 
  • You have a choice of attempting two peaks or all three.  Anyone who decides to do just two, or who has a problem, can easily leave the group and finish, as we pass through Horton-in-Ribblesdale after climbing Whernside and Ingleborough. 
  • It eliminates the long and rather boring low level section of the traditional route between Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside.
  • Passing through Horton-in-Ribblesdale after the first two mountains provides the opportunity to use toilets and pick up more water before attempting the final mountain.  

The distance of my version of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is only a little shorter than the traditional route at about 21 miles/33km, and the ascent is about the same at approximately 1,700 metres.


Other reasons to consider doing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge with me are:

  • I take smaller groups then most companies who offer this as a guided challenge walk.  Usually I'll take a maximum of just six people.
  • Being environmentally responsible, I'll make a £2 donation to the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority towards footpath maintenance on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks route for every person who books with me.  Footpath erosion is a huge problem due to the large number of people who do this challenge.  This web page provides more details.      
  • I'll provide a certificate to everyone who completes the challenge.

A good level of fitness, and previous experience of mountain walking is essential to attempt the Yorkshire 3 Peak Challenge.  If you have any doubts about your fitness level, then I'd recommend booking onto one of my shorter trek training walks first to see how you get on.    


The cost is £50 per person which includes the train fare from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Ribblehead.  Please book and pay below.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge with a difference


  • Fully booked

Meeting Place and Time

We meet at 7:05am in the main public car park in Horton in Ribblesdale.  It's next to the public toilets.  There isn't a post code for the car park itself, but the cafe about 150 metres away is BD24 0HE.  The car park is a pay and display and costs £4.50 per day.  At the other end of the village, the Golden Lion Hotel usually opens up the field behind for car parking which is a little cheaper, but allow 5 minutes to walk to the meeting place. 


Further Information

Essential Information
Advice regarding what to wear and what to bring with you. Also advice on safety and caring for the environment.
General Information - Challenge Walks.pd
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Yorkshire 3 Peaks Code of Conduct
We follow the code of conduct issued by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and Horton-in-Ribblesdale Parish Council on all of our Yorkshire 3 Peaks walks. You might like to familiarise yourself with this prior to the event.
Three Peaks Code of Conduct.pdf
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If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale has a few B&Bs and a pub that does accommodation.  There is also a camp site.  There are other villages nearby that also offer similar accommodation.