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 Level3 Three
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 Yorkshire Three Peaks 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!
We are no longer running the Yorkshire Three Peaks as a weekend However we are still running guided day walks:
Guided Day Walks:
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.
Welcome to the Yorkshire Dales, tonight there is time to meet your other walking companions and be able to take some time to relax before the day ahead. Dinner will be 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 on your Yorkshire Three Peaks 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. There are steep sections on each of the hills. The whole route is 25 miles long, with roughly 1500m of ascent and descent.
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 4-7pm, 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, 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, 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.
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.
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Travel Directions to Broadrake:
Approach on the B6255 from either Ingleton or Ribblehead.
From Ingleton take the B6255 signposted Hawes.
About 4 miles out from Ingleton go past a sign to Chapel-le-Dale Church (don’t turn here).
Up the hill a few hundred yards further is the Old School Bunkhouse on the left.
Turn left immediately after the Bunkhouse Car Park
The Old Hill Inn is 100yds further on the right so if you get there you’ve gone too far.
You are now on Philpin Lane, a single track road heading for a farm.
Follow the lane through the farmyard then through fields for about 3/4 mile. You will cross 5 cattle grids then at the end of the metalled road just before what would be the 6th cattle grid is a “No Parking” notice and low on the right a sign for Broadrake.
Turn right here before the cattle grid following the unmade track along the side of a couple of fields and a final cattle grid on the corner to arrive at Broadrake.
From Ribblehead take the B6255 signposted Ingleton
About 1 1/2 miles from Ribblehead pass the Old Hill Inn on the left and turn right immediately before the Old School Bunkhouse car park. It’s sharp right almost coming back on yourself.
You are now on Philpin Lane so follow the directions from there as above.
In particular don’t miss the right turn at the end of the metalled road or you’ll end up at Ellerbeck after 3/4 mile of rough farm track.
The nearest station is Ribblehead, this is around a 3 miles away, there are no taxis available at Ribblehead so these must be booked in advance.
Kit lists – You can view our kit lists here…
For important information on what’s included with our standard trips, such as what food we supply, arrival times and answer to our most commonly asked questions please visit out our FAQ’s page
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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