Can you complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in 12 hours?
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 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!
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.
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 Walk Dates – 2019
- Every Saturday through till Saturday 5th October.
- Sunday 18th August.
Yorkshire Three Peaks: Day walks 2020
- Every Saturday – 18th April to Saturday 3rd October
- Sunday 3rd May
- Sunday 31st May
- Thursday 11th June
- Sunday 28th June
- Thursday 2nd July
- Sunday 19th July
- Thursday 23rd July
- Tuesday 4th August
- Thursday 6th August
- Thursday 27th August
- Sunday 30th August
- Sunday 13th September
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Completion certificate.
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.
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What our members have to say...
“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.ElizabethMember Since 2016
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!ClaireMember Since 2016
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. #toldallmyfriendstheyhavetocomeVanessaMember Since 2018