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Can you complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in 12 hours?

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  • Duration

    Single Day Event
  • Accommodation

    Not required
  • Food

    None provided
  • Difficulty Level

    3 Three

Walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks in one day is a great challenge and a must-do on many people’s tick list.

We’ve organised this fully-guided event for years so we know exactly what’s needed to help our guests accomplish the fantastic achievement of walking 25 miles through stunning Yorkshire Dales scenery which includes summiting the trio of peaks – Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent.

As well as organising the logistics, our winning formula for getting challengers through the day is to guide a small group and make it a friendly occasion with plenty of encouragement on tap whether it’s in the form of handing out jelly babies or simply a timely: ‘you can do it’!

Therefore if you’re after a toughie either as a fundraising charity event or for your own personal goal-setting reasons, then read on!

Taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Three great peaks and 25 miles’ walking in 12 hours….

Right let’s get things straight from the start – this is no ‘walk in the park’ (well actually it is as we’re in the Yorkshire Dales National Park) but it’s a toughie and demands an early start.

However the reward for that early start is the chance to hike through stunning scenery and enjoy a full day in the company of a small bunch of fellow challengers, while achieving something that many people will frankly think you’re a bit bonkers for doing.

Don’t be too daunted though – as long as you have a reasonable level of fitness and can dig deep for a bit of extra grit and determination it’s perfectly achievable.

Taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

To ensure you not only achieve, but enjoy the challenge, we take the logistics hassle including route-finding away so all you need to do is put one foot in front of the other. Our guides are also very adept at providing the necessary morale-boosting when it’s needed!

In a nutshell:

  • Bask in the knowledge you’ve completed a glorious hiking challenge
  • Enjoy a ‘reet’ grand time in Yorkshire’s countryside.
  • Feel safe knowing you’re being guided by fully qualified mountain leaders who also happen to be first aid trained (in the rare event something happens)

Yorkshire Three Peaks: Day walks 2020


  • Saturday 18th July
  • Sunday 19th July
  • Thursday 23rd July
  • Saturday 1st August
  • Saturday 15th August
  • Saturday 29th August
  • Sunday 30th August
  • Saturday 5th September
  • Saturday 12th September
  • Saturday 19th September
  • Saturday 26th September
  • Saturday 3rd October

Taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Charity challenges & Group Packages:

We can organise a private Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on any day of the year. The main season is April to September, which makes the most of the available day light hours but with a private group we can arrange it to suit your needs.

Groups and Corporates challengers – if there are more than six of you please contact us for your own group discount code or to hire your own private guide. 

Charities – We offer charity rates and discounts regardless of your numbers. With small groups we can issue the charity with a unique discount code, meaning your supporters book direct with us and there is no financial risk to the charity. If you are looking for a larger group size we can arrange a bespoke challenge just for you.

Please contact the office to discuss our full range of charity and group packages. 

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The Route

The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is a 25-mile circular including 1500m of ascent and descent and the aim is to complete it within 12 hours.

Handily the start begins with a good leg-loosener as we set out along a fairly easy gradient for three miles with the distinctive anvil shape of Ingleborough, our first peak, in our sights.

Gradually we gain height as we follow the snaking route upwards. The summit offers panoramic views across the Dales and on to Morecambe Bay and the Lakes, a fitting point for a short breather and a ponder on author Alfred Wainwright’s opinion of Ingleborough: “Good Yorkshiremen do this climb as a duty to their inheritance – and find it a pleasure, as will all ‘foreigners’ too.”

Then armed with a jelly baby or two to top up the energy reserves we begin our second ascent to Yorkshire’s Everest – Whernside at 736 metres.

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This hulk of a hill again provides lovely views. As we descend the reasonably easy slope you’ll be able to see across to the Ribblehead Viaduct perhaps marvelling at the skills of the engineers and the sheer grit of the 2,000+ workers that built the structure back in the 1800s.

In fact the viaduct is a half-way milestone for us before we begin the long low level stage along tracks and field paths towards our final peak of Pen-Y-Ghent (694m).

Newly-restored paths provide relief for tired legs and before you know it, we’re at the summit, leaving just a short but steep descent and a final wander across some fields back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Please note: There are two opportunities en-route to buy refreshments including hot drinks.

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What’s Included – Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge:


  • Support and back-up from the Large Outdoors team, from booking through to challenge.
  • The largest selection of open and guided Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenges, allowing you to choose a date that suits you.
  • Full access to our training guides, blogs, kit lists and discounts at a variety of nationwide outdoor stores.
  • Dedicated Facebook page, packed full of information, advice and the perfect way to meet fellow challengers.

On the day:

  • A qualified Mountain Leader to guide you every step of the way.
  • Our leaders are all first aid trained
  • They are there to ensure you get the most of the day, from pointing out flora and fauna to offering you moral support when you need it most.
  • Sociable walking group, make friends whilst helping each other through the challenge, our guided Yorkshire Three Peaks are perfect for solo challengers, groups, friends and couples.

Post Event:

  • Completion certificate.

Taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Meeting Location:

On the morning of the challenge please arrive no later than 6:30am.
Our guides will be there to greet you and complete our registration process. We meet beside the footbridge (next to the two road bridges), near the Crown Inn. If you park in the main village car park, head past the toilets and cross the bridge. We’ll be on the other side. the postcode for the main car park is BD24 0HE but please note there are other car parks you can use should this one be full. A Google pin for our exact meeting location can be found here: https://goo.gl/maps/sq9bMtHhjzC2


Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, North Yorkshire. BD24 0HE


Please do not park on the road in front of residents’ houses. There are plenty of pay and display car parks in the area which cost between £3-£5 for the day.

 Yorkshire Three Peaks – FAQ’s

  • The basics:

    Age Limit:  You must be over 18 to attend this trip, there is no upper age limit.

    Dogs:  I am afraid dogs are not allowed on this trip, unless they are registered assistance dogs.

    Arrival Time:  On the morning of the challenge please arrive no later than 6:30am.

    Solo Travellers:  This trip is perfect for solo travellers and although couples and small groups of friends are always welcome the majority of people do attend on their own.


  • The Route:

    We follow the route in reverse to many other companies.  This has the advantage of avoiding the crowd and also means we have better options for weary walkers who feel as though they’ve done enough without completing the full circuit.

    So we start with Ingleborough then Whernside followed by Pen-y-Ghent.

  • Cut off points:

    Although the aim of the challenge is to complete it in 12 hours we have built in a small amount of leeway.

    However, if you are just not going fast enough there are a number of cut off times and points which your guides will inform you of in the morning. If you miss these times then you will be unable to continue with the challenge as there are simply not enough daylight hours for you to safely complete the walk.

  • Are there toilets on the way?

    There are public toilets in Horton, right next to the starting point for the challenge. Our top tip is to visit the facilities before going to registration as the group will move out straight after the briefing and registration.

    En route, there are toilets after the completion of the 1st peak, Ingleborough at a farm shop and at a pub a short detour off the route after descending Whernside (the 2nd peak). For the latter, your guide will use their judgement as to whether there is sufficient time to make the detour to the pub’s toilet.

    Please bear in mind we cannot guarantee that the farm shop or pub will be open on the day of the challenge, and you will need to purchase an item before using their facilities.

  • Are there water fills or cafés on the way?

    No, there are no guaranteed water stops or cafés en route, so you will need to bring sufficient water (a minimum of 2 litres per person) and plenty of food.

    If open, there is the farm shop after Ingleborough (the first hill) and a refreshment van parked in a layby after Whernside (the second hill), but there is no guarantee either will be open.

    Bring some cash just in case.

  • Can we take longer than 12 hours?

    Sorry, no this is a 12-hour challenge. Our guides will advise you of the pace required to complete the three peaks within this time.

    There are a number of cut-off times and points that your guide will share with you on the day. If you miss these times then you will be unable to continue with the challenge as there are simply not enough daylight hours for you to safely complete the walk.

    In this situation it is vital you have some money with you as the only way back to the start point is to either take a taxi or use the local train.

  • What if I can't finish?

    Once underway, if you feel as though you are unable to complete the full circuit, it is essential to inform your guide as soon as possible so they can advise you of the options for leaving the challenge.

    It is vital you have some money with you as the only way back to the start point is to either take a taxi or use the local train.

  • What pace do we walk at?

    In general the group determines the pace on the day. This is a guided group so we walk together – for some this might be a slightly slower pace than usual while for others it might be a speedier pace.

    Your guide will advise you of the pace required to complete the challenge by the 12-hour deadline. We have a number of cut-off times and points which your guides will inform you of in the morning. If you miss these times then you will be unable to continue with the challenge as there are simply not enough daylight hours for you to safely complete the walk.

  • What if I get blisters?

    Always remember that your guide is there to help you. If you experience any difficulties just let them know sooner rather than later and they will do what they can to help.

    If you think you are getting a blister your guide will take a little time to make sure you get a plaster on it or try and help stop your boots rubbing.

    Top tips: With blisters, the first defence is always a good pair of socks and trusted worn-in boots. The Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge is not the place to break-in new boots, so make sure you wear them on a number of your training walks before the big day.

  • Should I use poles?

    It’s always handy to carry poles even if you don’t usually walk with them. They attach easily to your ruck sack and can be very useful especially when coming downhill to help take the pressure off your knees.

    For more tips on walking poles follow the link.

  • Why do I need to bring a mobile phone and cash?

    You will need cash if you are parking in Horton at the start of the challenge, so small change may be handy.

    Also, if they are open, there is a farm shop and a refreshment van that we pass en route, so if you do fancy a hot drink or using the farm shop loo again you will need cash, preferably coins, as both places can run out of change on busy days.

    Mobile phones signals are intermittent, but sometimes can be picked up on the hills and in Horton.

    Importantly, we record everyone’s mobile numbers. If, for any reason, you are unable to complete the challenge and need to make your own way back to Horton, we will ask you to text your guide so they know you have returned safely.

  • Can I leave the group and walk on my own?

    We strongly recommend you walk with your guide and the group.

    Our guides are qualified mountain leaders with lots of experience of mountain walking and leading challenges. They are there to guide you on the right route and help you complete the challenge.

    If you decide to leave the group, our guides will assist you as much as they can. They will also advise you that you are withdrawing from the Yorkshire Three Peak Challenge organised by Large Outdoors and will no longer fall under our responsibilities of care.

    As good practice they will ask you to text/phone them on your return to Horton.

    However we will not act as your ‘emergency base contact’ so you will need to notify a third party of the walk – location, distance estimated, return time etc – and request they contact the emergency services if you do not report in at the required time.

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  • “I didn’t really know what to expect on my first ever walking holiday and wasn’t very prepared if truth be known – lesson to all read the essential kit list especially waterproofs! It was great fun and what a lovely group of supportive and encouraging people, especially Gareth who did a great job looking after us all. I must admit at times I found it a bit challenging but what a great sense of achievement when we reached the top of the mountains (hills) I will definitely do this again.
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