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The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge: What you need to know

3 peaks, 25 miles, 12 hours. An exhilarating challenge across the most dramatic landscapes Yorkshire has to offer!

If you fancy taking on The Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge, here is what you need to know.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge involves scaling three mountains in a single day. These are:

  • Whernside (736 m or 2,415 ft)
  • Ingleborough (723 m or 2,372 ft)
  • Pen-y-ghent (694 m or 2,277 ft)

All three peaks are situated in the central Pennines area of The Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Starting Point

While you have the flexibility to begin the walk at any point along the circular route, the traditional starting (and ending) point for the Yorkshire Three Peaks is in the charming village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Route

The classic route is an anti-clockwise one, commencing in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and ascending Pen-y-Ghent, followed by the highest peak, Whernside, and culminates with Ingleborough, before returning to the starting point.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Distance

Not for the faint-hearted, The Yorkshire Three Peaks route spans 24 miles (38.6 kilometers) in total length and a vertical ascent of 5000 feet (1600 meters).

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Map

3 Peaks map

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge: What you need to know

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Times

While the record for completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks stands at an incredible 2 hours and 29 minutes, most participants won't be expected to quite hit that mark! The most popular option is to aim for a completion time of around 12 hours:

  • Pen-y-ghent Summit: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Whernside Summit: 5 hours 5 minutes
  • Ingleborough Summit: 3 hours 10 minutes
  • To and from Horton-in-Ribblesdale: 2 hours 25 minutes

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Accomodation

Despite its rural setting, there are numerous villages near the Yorkshire Three Peaks, offering plenty of accommodation options to choose from.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Weather

For those familiar with Yorkshire, it's no secret that rain is quite common, and during winter, snowfall and ice in the Yorkshire Dales are frequent occurrences. Therefore, it's advisable to undertake the challenge during the warmer months. Our trips run from May until early September, offering the best chance of good conditions, though we can't promise it won't rain!

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