Can you walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 12 hours?
DurationSingle Day Event
Difficulty Level3 Three
Join us for this iconic route over 25 miles and three great hills…
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.
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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…
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.
About the area
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.
We start our Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge by meeting up in the main car park in Horton in Ribblesdale at 6:30am for a 6:45am start. 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!
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!).
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!
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 18:45, 12 hours later) where we often find people congregate in one of the local pubs to celebrate!
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.
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What our members have to say...
I have attended Large Outdoors weekends for the last two years , achieving many challenges in the British countryside. Every weekend has been very well organised, in beautiful locations, wonderful walks, nutritious food with lovely people.
I have learned new skills and gained confidence in the outdoors from the mountain leaders. I thoroughly enjoy every weekend and always look forward to the next.Elizabeth BrooksMember Since 2014
I have been joining Large Outdoors on their outdoor adventures for many years now. I wasn’t always an active person and as a self-confessed city dweller I never thought I would appreciate so much of what is on offer when you leave the suburbs behind you. Large Outdoors has not only made me appreciate what natural beauty is on our door step, it has also given me the confidence to challenge myself and see things differently.Shad EverettMember since 2009
Since my first Large Outdoors weekend I have rediscovered my love for the countryside, met so many great people and had a whole lot of fun. I've sailed around the Inner Hebrides on a luxurious yacht, climbed the 3 national peaks Snowdon, Ben Nevis and Scafel Pike, danced my socks off at the Halloween and New Year celebrations and fallen in love with the beautiful Isle of Skye. Every trip has been amazing fun and I have met so many lovely people and made friends for life. Cheers Large Outdoors!Karen RobertsMember Since 2012
I love the concept of the Large Outdoors weekends and I like to have at least one or two booked for the future, to have something to look forward to. A weekend trip finds me visiting some fabulous parts of the country: Northumberland, Dorset, Brecon Beacons, Lake District, North York Moors... hills, mountains, moors and coast - all well covered by the amazing choice of locations to pick from, with decent (or lovely!) accommodation, great food and qualified walk leaders. They're also very good value.Sue LangfordMember since 2008
I thoroughly enjoyed the experience from beginning to end. The host Kendra was very welcoming upon arrival at the youth hostel, all walkers and climbers were friendly and we got on great as a group. The home cooked food was amazing and the idea of 'kitchen angels' worked really well. The rock climbing instructor and his son were brilliant and helped us all, providing constant guidance and encouragement.Penny GraingerMember Since 2016