As we can’t actually get out to go up the mountains at the moment, we thought that we would do a flashback to happier times.
Please share your memories of walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks with us – what was the best view, in your opinion? How hard did you find the challenge? Did you do enough training before the walk? How much money did you raise for your charity?
As an experienced organiser of charity walks, we offer a wide range of challenges – from night walks to watch the sunrise on Snowdon to bespoke walking challenges throughout the UK. The sense of achievement at the end is worth the pain and effort getting there. Coupled with the support for the experienced guides, the encouragement from the other walkers and the gratitude from the charity – it is an experience to be proud of!
Walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks:
12 hours is the ‘target time’ for most people who walk the Yorkshire 3 Peaks and the majority of walkers complete the walk in under that time. It’s a tough day out but the beauty of the challenge lies in the amazing scenery and the fact that the challenge is achievable for most people (as long as you are willing to do a little training). Usually around 15% of walkers don’t finish the challenge but that number can increase if the weather and conditions are bad. Old injuries, poorly feet and knee issues (from descending) are the most common causes. Most people who do not complete the challenge do so because they run out of time and have to stop at the last checkpoint before the final summit. Whilst the walk is hard work it is very achievable and people of all shapes and sizes complete the walk every year!
The walk starts in the beautiful Yorkshire Dales village of Horton in Ribblesdale. The summit of Pen Y Ghent looks close enough to touch from the village but the first climb is a wakeup call for the rest of the day! The ascent starts steadily on farm tracks but you soon pick up signs for the summit and the track heads directly towards your objective. The path is wide and quite good underfoot but it is steep! After some effort you reach a flat area where you turn left and head up steep and rocky ground. This can feel quite exposed in wet or windy conditions but its short and the path soon starts to flatten off to the summit.
From the summit it’s a long steadily descending path towards Ribblehead Viaduct. This iconic feature is visible from the summit on clear days but, for some reason, it feels like it’s a long walk! The route winds through old farm buildings and stunning Dales scenery of limestone and moorland.
From Ribblehead the route starts quite steadily towards Whernside, the second summit of the day. Luckily the route is flat to begin with and gradually steepens as you get closer to the summit. The final ridge to the summit is quite short and soon you are looking down towards Philpin Lane, the final checkpoint before the last summit of the day. The descent from Whernside feels steep on tired legs but you soon reach farm roads which lead to Philpin Lane the infamous ‘life saver’ café which serves hot and cold refreshments!
It’s best not to stop too long at Philpin Lane as many people end up talking themselves out of the final summit at this point! You are every likely to be tired and sore at Philpin Lane but no amount of resting at this point is going to stop that so it’s best to get on with it!
The route crosses a busy road and then heads up on a steady track before the last steep section to the summit. This path is steep and feels like hard work but it is short and you reach the final ridge towards the Inglebrough plateau. This ridge is not exposed but it is once again steep. Just before the plateau you’ll cross a junction in the path which leads back to the finish in Horton. Carry on past this junction and within a few minutes you’ll hit the summit plateau, a featureless area which is mercifully flat! Very soon the summit cairn comes in to view and, that’s it, you’ve reached the final summit of the day!
From the summit you retrace your steps to the junction and then turn right towards Horton. This is a beautiful section of the walk where you can reflect on the challenge (and your sore feet!). This section takes quite a long time but soon the village comes in to view and before you know it you’re crossing the Ribble and back in Horton. A grand day out and an awesome challenge!