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

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    Single Day Event
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    Not required
  • Food

    None provided
  • Difficulty Level

    3 Three

Undoubtedly one of the UK’s most popular walking challenges, the Yorkshire Three Peaks takes place in the Yorkshire Dales. The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a circular route of roughly 25 miles and 1500m of ascent that summits three iconic peaks – Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent. It is a stunning route that is attempted by thousands of people every year.

At Large Outdoors we run the largest secretion of open challenge dates with a guided walk on every Saturday (May – September) plus many other days. All that’s left is for you to start training and you’ll be well on your way!

Most people that attempt the challenge aim to do so within 12 hours, which is possible for anyone with reasonable fitness and the drive and determination to keep going for a full day in the hills.

In a nutshell:

  • Join us for a fully guided day completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge.
  • See the stunning scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, and enjoy the views without having to worry about navigation or dealing with incidents.
  • There are two places to buy refreshments on the route, and we’ll give you time to grab a hot drink if you want one!
  • All guides are fully qualified Mountain Leaders and are first aid trained

Yorkshire Three Peaks: Day Walk Dates – 2019

  • Saturday 20th April and then every Saturday from the 4th of May through till Saturday 21st September.
  • Sunday 2nd June, Sunday 28th July & Sunday 18th August.
  • Book by the 5th of January 2019 and save £10 with our Early Bird tickets.

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.

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 your 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 total route is a circular walk of 25 miles and 1500m of ascent and descent – the aim is to walk the whole thing in 12 hours!

We begin the challenge with the gradual walk up Ingleborough (723m), the first of the peaks. The relatively easy gradient of the first three miles is the perfect chance for you to warm up for the hours ahead. From the summit we descend the steep path into the valley beyond and almost immediately begin our ascent of Whernside (736m), the second peak and the highest of the three (also the highest point in Yorkshire!).

Taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

The descent from Whernside is an easy slope and you’ll be able to admire the incredible Ribblehead viaduct ahead, as well as the spectacular scenery of the Yorkshire Dales. Once past the viaduct, we’re more than half-way through, and then begins the long low-level stage, making our way along tracks and field paths towards Pen y Ghent (694m), the final peak.

The new path approaching this peak is a relief for tired legs and soon we’ll be on the summit, with just a short but steep descent and a wander through some fields before we’re back in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, roughly 12 hours after we left!

Taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

 

What’s Included – Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge:

Pre-event:

  • 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 guides 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 in the car park to the rear of The Crown Hotel in the centre of Horton-in-Ribblesdale (between the two road bridges). It’s easy to find. There are toilets in the nearby main car park (please park here rather than in the pub car park). (postcode: BD24 0HE).  The meeting location is in a private residential area so please be respectful whilst waiting.

Address:

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

Parking:

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 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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Horton in Ribblesdale
Settle
North Yorkshire
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  • My first Large Outdoors and (Ulster & the Giant's Causeway Walking Weekend) Irish experience was absolutely fantastic. Everything was organised perfectly and Gareth is a joy to be around. I loved every minute and will definitely book myself onto another trip. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocome
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  • Well, for a non-walker it was certainly challenging but my word was it exhilarating! The feeling of achievement after every day, was just fabulous. The group we went with were all strangers on day one, but firm friends by the end of the week. The comradery on some of the tougher walks, helped me to the top…..and wow what views. Anyone thinking of doing it - don’t worry….just go for it!
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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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