At the start of the standard Yorkshire 3 peaks walk is the sleepy village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Despite only having 428 residents, Horton-in-Ribblesdale regularly sees an influx of hikers, cave explorers and even train enthusiasts due to being situated around a variety of fascinating sights, both man-made and natural.
Pen-y-Ghent rises majestically over the village when looking at it from the west, providing an impressive backdrop to the otherwise quaint village. Although Horton-in-Ribblesdale is only a small, picturesque village, it has sufficient accommodation for the many hikers and walkers who stay there overnight.
Ribblesdale, alongside most of the western Yorkshire Dales, sits on a bed of limestone. While most of the caves in the area lie outside Ribblesdale (such as the White Scar Caves), you won’t have to walk far to find some fascinating geological features, such as Hull Pot Beck. Dubbed ‘the largest natural hole in England’, it is spectacular to see after heavy rain, as the beck transforms into a breathtaking waterfall.
You’re spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation: there are 6 B&Bs, 3 self-catered hotels, 3 bunkhouses and the Holme Farm Campsite for those already with tents. The Golden Lion Hotel and the Crown Hotel are also pubs with the ability to host group activities, so your choice of accommodation depends on how many people you’re bringing with you and how you’d like your stay to feel: Whether this be a warm and cosy farmhouse, an energetic pub or the sounds of nature around your tent. If you want to know more about other accommodation options around the many villages surrounding the Three peaks challenge, why not check out the blog ‘NY3P Challenge: Best Accommodation Options‘.
When it comes to catering, you have 4 options inside the village: the two aforementioned hotels, the Blind Beck Tea Room and the Pen-y-Ghent Café. The Pen-y-Ghent Café is popular with walkers and hikers, whether they’re going down the Pennine Way, or starting or finishing the Yorkshire 3 peaks. The café operates a clock-in/out system to time, and aid the safety of walkers. A clock card machine records the start and end time of walkers. Those completing within a 12 hour period are invited to join the Café’s ‘Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club’. There are also many pubs available around the Three peaks challenge and we have written about them in a previous blog ‘Best Pubs for the Three Peaks Challenge‘.
Despite being such a small village, Horton lies in the middle of several hiking routes and within sight of one of the majestic Yorkshire 3 peaks. No wonder it’s so popular with hikers and walkers!