When it comes to hiking in the UK, you’re spoilt for choice: you have the Scottish Highlands, the Pennines, the Cheviot Hills, Snowdonia and a bunch of smaller ranges across the country, including the Yorkshire Three Peaks. The trio of summits include Pen-Y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside, covering about 24 miles in one trip. For experienced hikers, this is what we call the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge: conquer all three mountains in 12 hours or less.
Starting from Horton-In-Ribblesdale, Chapel-le-Dale or Ribblehead, you can climb these imposing peaks and get your name on the Pen-Y-Ghent cafe wall with the fastest time. It’s open to anybody: fitness freaks and couch potatoes. Compared to the National Three Peaks Challenge, it’s a lot easier to organise and undertake, since the whole thing can be done in a day.
No need to carry around tents, since most people will manage the three peaks challenge before the 12 hour time limit, and all guides will have a car to pick up any stragglers. Remember to buy local and don’t litter: tourism keeps this part of Yorkshire alive, and litter ruins it for everybody. Use a train or bus to get to the start point if possible, as there isn’t much room for parking.
Conquering the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
It isn’t just about personal pride or fitness; it’s also an opportunity to build teams, generate awareness for charities, or practice for tougher climbs around the country. It doesn’t matter what season you attempt it: From the frozen, tranquil snowscapes of winter, to the blossoming of spring, to the clement weather of summer and the beautiful colours of autumn, you’ll find something to love about the Yorkshire three peaks challenge.
When you reach the summits of the three peaks, remember to take a look around you: on a clear day, you can see for miles: the peaks of the Lake District, all the way out to the Irish Sea, or Blackpool Tower with a pair of binoculars. So long as you keep food and drink in a bag and suitable clothing, nothing will stop you from beating the Yorkshire three peaks challenge.
North Yorkshire 3 Peaks is dedicated to providing excellent guided tours of the Yorkshire Three Peaks and the surrounding moorland. There’s also the North Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge: all 3 peaks climbed in 12 hours, around 24 miles of undulating paths and beautiful scenery.