What Season Is Best For Hiking the North Yorkshire Three Peaks?

11 October 2018

When it comes to hiking, it’s important to pick a time that’s right for you. Some people can’t stand the sweltering summer heat, others can’t focus or enjoy themselves when the temperature drops into the single digits. Dealing with the UK’s highly variable weather means avoiding some times of the year, when the wind, rain or fog dominate the North Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Walking in winter means you need to bring winter gear, which will slow you down at any other time of year. However, there’s more to it than just temperature and weather; there are some advantages that come with walking ‘off-season’, including:

It’s Oh So Quiet

If you prefer to walk in small groups or by yourself, walking in autumn or winter can make the North Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge a much more personal and enjoyable experience. There’s none of the anxiety experienced when moving with a large group of other hikers, and you get to enjoy a more tranquil and sedate experience among nature.

The Beauty of Autumn

For many people, autumn is the best season of the year. Despite the rain, wind and cold that frequently comes with it, watching the trees around you slowly shed their golden yellow leaves in a warm autumn sunset is one of the most beautiful things we can experience. While the North Yorkshire Three Peaks is mostly moorland, you’ll see plenty of beautiful woodland there as well.

On top of that, you’ll see plenty of animals scurrying around in autumn. Migrating birds, mammals preparing for a cold winter by gathering food, wild deer and domesticated sheep grazing; for these animals, autumn is one of the busiest times of the year, and will be easy to spot. If you want to learn more about some of the flora and fauna that inhabits the North Yorkshire Three Peaks, why not read our related blog?

North Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge autumn

The Perks of Winter

Yes, it’s cold. There might be snow or ice along the path, and visibility may be worse due to both the weather and a shorter day. But winter brings with it some unique factors that can make a walk on the North Yorkshire Three Peaks an almost meditative experience. There won’t be many people on the walk at this time of year, but you’ll see nature frozen in stasis, waiting for the next spring to blossom. If you would like to learn more about how to deal with winter conditions, why not check out our related blog?

Both autumn and winter are great opportunities to bring a good camera with you to capture some of the beautiful vistas. On top of that, annoying bugs and insects that plague the trails in summer and spring are either dead or in hiding, due to the cold weather. If you have a propensity for attracting bugs, winter may be the best time to go out.

So, what you will hopefully have learned by reading this blog is that hiking in spring or summer is perfect for individuals who enjoy a sociable and lively experience. Contrastingly, for those seeking a quiet, meditative and introspective experience, hiking off-season would be better. To book your North Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge today, check out the Adventures page on our website.