Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Conquer the three highest mountains in Yorkshire in just one day. 1 day. 0 days off work.

The mountains of Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough make up the three highest mountains in Yorkshire and this trip challenges you to hike up all three in just one day! This tough day out will see you take on 39km of trails over three peaks against the clock.

Your hassle-free adventure includes:

  • 1-day hiking
  • Local, certified guide

Perfect for:
Keen hikers looking to challenge themselves in the Yorkshire Dales.

Need To Know

The following are not included in the trip price:

  • Transport
  • Accommodation
  • Food and drink
  • Personal expenses

This trip will run with a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 10.

Sure can! A lot of people do, and it’s a great way to meet like-minded people.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is a demanding day in the hills; a reasonable level of fitness and previous hiking experience is recommended.

Up for more of a Challenge? Check out the Borrowdale 10 Peaks Challenge or the Lakeland 10 Peaks Challenge.

Although these trips are scheduled for the summer the mountains often make up their own weather. You could be lucky and get a day of blue skies and sunshine, or 12 hours of rain. Dress smart and be prepared with layers.

No kit is included on this trip.

  • Walking boots
  • Waterproof clothing (jacket and trousers)
  • Suitable walking clothes (no jeans)
  • Warm tops
  • Food and drink
  • Hat and gloves
  • Sun hat
  • Head torch (plus spare batteries)
  • Survival bag and whistle

Other recommendations are: - Walking poles - Camera - Mobile phone (please register your phone with ‘999’ to enable SMS messaging to the emergency services) - Personal medicine if required (please inform your guide in case of emergency)

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Horton-in-Ribblesdale is a village in the Yorkshire Dales National Park close to the source of the River Ribble. It is a popular base for walkers, cavers, pot-holers and anyone looking for beautiful countryside.

Although many visitors are walking the 3 Peaks, there are many other hiking routes; The Pennine Way, Ribble Way and Dales Highway are some of the most popular.

Start point?
You will meet in Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 06:45, ready for a 07:00 start on the hike.

Finish point?
Your challenge will end back in Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 19:00.

Getting there and away?
Horton-in-Ribblesdale is easily accessible by road. It is also possible to travel by train, arriving at Horton-in-Ribblesdale Rail Station.

For extra financial protection against unforeseen circumstances, we recommend you book your flights using a credit card.

What to Expect

Saturday: Conquer the three peaks

After a brief and kit check, the hike will start at 07:00 from Horton-in-Ribblesdale. The challenge kicks in immediately as you traverse steep grassy inclines for an hour before a rocky scramble to the summit of Pen-Y-Ghent (694m).

A quick descent then drops you onto the well-made Pennine Way paths. An 13km hike through farmland will bring you to Ribblehead Viaduct. You’ll take a break here before you continue to the plateau summit and eventually summit the highest peak on this challenge, Whernside (736m).

The steep descent brings you to the road at Chapel-Le-Dale. From here, it’s a steep climb for the final peak and the marker of your success, Ingleborough (723m). There’s a 6.5km back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale and within 12 hours you’ll have climbed over 1600m and covered 39.5km.

12 hours hiking, 39.5km, 1600m ascent/descent

Note: This itinerary and the duration of the activities are subject to change due to group abilities and preferences, and weather conditions and forecasts.


Accommodation is not included with this trip as the challenge will be completed within 12 hours. However, with the early start and tiring day, should you wish to book accommodation there are countless bed and breakfasts, holiday cottages, and camping options in and around Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Your host can offer advice or arrange accommodation for you.

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