Yorkshire Three Peaks

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Can you walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 12 hours? Join us for this iconic route over 25 miles and three great hills...

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  • Duration

    Single Day Event
  • Accommodation

    Not required
  • Food

    None provided
  • Difficulty Level

    4 Four

One of the most popular day-long hillwalking challenges in the UK takes place in the south-west of the Yorkshire Dales. The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge 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.

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.

A guided challenge day walk around the Yorkshire Three Peak in the Yorkshire Dales

At Large Outdoors we run fully guided and supported Yorkshire Three Peaks challenges, so you’ll be in a group of no more than 10 people to each guide. All that’s left is for you to start training and you’ll be well on your way!

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.

Make it a weekend:

We also offer weekend packages which include two nights accommodation, all your meals and of course a guided day out completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks. View our upcoming weekend packages here… 

About the area

Yorkshire Dales

The rolling hills and valleys of southern Yorkshire are famous for their grassy hills, tranquil villages surrounded by fields of sheep, and limestone pavement. This unique environment is home to several distinctive plant communities, and a plethora of ground nesting birds. Some trees can be seen on the hills, which are mostly open, giving you views over miles of countryside. From the summits of the peaks, the northern moors are visible, as is the Lake District in the west. As well as a great location for hillwalking, the limestone rock hosts an extensive network of caves, running for miles beneath the peaks. After a day’s walking, there are some excellent places to stay nearby, and some fantastic local restaurants and pubs.

Guided challenge day walk taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks

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We meet in the main car park in Horton in Ribblesdale, where there are toilets, at 06:30 on the day. Then there’s a quick registration before you’re given a guide and a group of fellow walkers to spend the day with. And then you set off!

Guided challenge walk yorkshire three peaks in yorkshire dales

If there are several Large Outdoors groups out that day and you you want to join a faster or slower one, there may be scope to swap groups, but the main aim of our guides is to keep everyone together safely, and to keep the groups moving.

After completing the 25 miles and climbing all three peaks you’ll return to Horton in Ribblesdale (hopefully by 18:30, 12 hours later) where we often find people congregate in one of the local pubs to celebrate!

You can find the answer to our most commonly asked questions here..

A guided challenge day walk around the Yorkshire Three Peak in the Yorkshire Dales

  • What's Included - Day Walk:


    • Support and back-up from the Large Outdoors team, from booking through to challenge.
    • The largest selection of open guided Yorkshire Three Peaks, 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
    • £30 voucher to use on an upcoming short break or walking weekend with Large Outdoors.
  • 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.

  • The Weather:

    It is really important to check the weather forecast for the day and ensure you have the correct clothing. Don’t forget it can be considerably colder and windier on the summits and so regardless of the time of year you must have:

    • Hat and Gloves
    • Full waterproofs (waterproof as opposed to shower proof).

    A mountain specific forecast can be found online here:

  • Refreshments and Toilet Stops:

    On the route you will go past a number of pubs, a café and a refreshment van so it is possible to purchase extra water and small refreshments if you need them so please ensure you are carrying some money with you.

    One of the cafés and the pubs have toilets but as these are for customers only it would be advisable to buy some small refreshments before using the facilities.

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 outside the toilets in the main National Park Car Park in the centre of Horton-in-Ribblesdale. It’s easy to find (postcode: 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.

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

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