The 25 mile circular walk of the Yorkshire Three Peaks is one of the most popular hillwalking challenges in the UK...
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Difficulty Level4 Four
The 25 mile circular walk of the Yorkshire Three Peaks is one of the most popular hillwalking challenges in the UK, attempted by thousands of people every year.
You pass through the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales, past old farmhouses, windswept moors, unique limestone plant communities and the towering peaks themselves. Each of the three peaks, Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent, has its own personality and allure, making this not just a great day out, but an insight into a very special part of the country. The whole 25 mile route has 1500m of ascent and descent, and is usually completed within 12 hours.
We run fully guided Yorkshire Three Peaks challenges, including two nights of accommodation and freshly prepared meals. You’ll turn up the night before and stay the night after, allowing you to relax and concentrate on the challenge, rather than racing home. The evening after a challenge should be the time to celebrate!
In a nutshell:
- Attempt the Yorkshire Three Peaks in a guided group walk with a fully qualified Mountain Leader.
- Enjoy two nights of accommodation in a beautiful rural location, allowing you to get to know the area.
- Dinners, breakfasts and packed lunches are provided.
- Take time to socialise in the pub afterwards, rather than rushing home!
- Full access to pre-event training, advice and kit discounts.
About the area
The Yorkshire Dales
The rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales rising above the tranquil villages and sheep fields of the valleys is one of the iconic views of northern England. Built up over millenia at the bottom of the sea, the rocks that form the hills have since been sculpted by ice into their present forms. They now harbour unique wildlife communities and views that stretch over the moors of Yorkshire and west to Cumbria and the sea. The area is popular for walkers, as the hills provide a gentler challenge than more mountainous regions, and the great path network will often lead you to back to a local pub.
You’re welcome to arrive at the hostel at any time after 5pm, where your Large Outdoors host will be busy preparing dinner. You’ll meet your other walking companions and be able to take some time to relax before the day ahead. Dinner is at 8pm, followed by a briefing outlining the timings for the next day, including a weather update and other useful information.
After dinner we’ll lay out the classic Large Outdoors cheese board, and then the evening is yours to pack your walking bag and get some rest! Ingredients for packed lunches will be laid out for you to prepare your food for the next day.
There is no getting away from the fact its an early start. Breakfast will be laid out from 5am ready for our 6am start. Our guides will be there to meet you and after providing one last brief its time to start the challenge. Stepping out the door you will already find yourself on the route so all thats left to do is note the time so we can aim to be back within the 12 hour window!
We walk the circuit in an anti-clockwise direction, starting with Ingleborough, then Pen-y-Ghent and finishing with Whernside. Most of the route is on mountain paths and lowland tracks, with one section of road.
When all the groups are out in the hills, there is scope for people to move between groups if they feel they want to walk a bit faster, or slower. Our guides will facilitate this as much as possible, but please be aware their main objective is to keep people together, safely, and to keep the group moving.
During the walk you’ll pass two opportunities to top up on snacks and a hot drink, so make sure you bring some cash. These two places are both independent cafés and they’re a great sight for weary feet!
After the challenge
You’ll be back between 4-6pm, arriving back at our warm and cosy venue its time to get those boots off and step straight into a warm shower.
Dinner that evening will be three courses, lovingly prepared by your host. We normally aim to serve something as soon as you walk through the door, with the main meal coming after you’ve had time to shower and change, usually around 8pm.
After a leisurely breakfast at 9am, it’s time to pack up and leave the hostel. It’s definitely worth exploring the local area before heading home, perhaps taking a short stroll to the waterfalls just outside Ingleton, or the caves near Ingleborough.
Who will be looking after you...
For our Yorkshire Three Peaks weekend package we will be staying in a brand new bunkhouse which opened in summer 2016.
Tucked away on the side of Whernside, the bunkhouse offers modern, comfortable accommodation which is directly on the route of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
You are welcome to arrive any time from 5pm onwards and settle in before we serve an evening meal at about 8pm. Please let us know if you intend arriving after 10pm.
For this weekend we provide the following meals: evening meals on both Saturday and Sunday, breakfasts, and a packed lunch for Saturday’s walk.
As well as meals, we also provide a variety of complimentary soft drinks and beverages – tea & coffee which includes herbal, fruit and decaffeinated options and fruit squashes.
We do not supply alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own.
This is offered on a single sex shared room basis. The venue also has a limited number of twin rooms. All bedding and towels are provided and the venue has free Wi-FI, although please note there is no mobile phone signal.
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What our members have to say...
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
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
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