The Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside are among the best known hills in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Every year lots of people reach the top of at least one, and many conquer all three summits. The Yorkshire Dales is a fabulous place to go walking whether you are looking for a gentle riverside stroll or a hike on a wild and empty moorland.
Our mountain leader-Dean
I am a Lancashire lad, hailing from the once Victorian mill town of Blackburn. I was lucky enough as a child to be immersed in nature and the countryside, thanks to my rural dwelling relatives. My other passion as a youngster was bicycles and motorbikes, so no surprise that I became an Engineer upon leaving school. Eventually, this career took me to Italy for three years, where I learnt many things, most of all how to live and not just work!
I now earn a living as on outdoor pursuits instructor and guide, with my speciality being Mountain Biking. I am based during the summer months in Cumbria, located conveniently between the two National Parks of the Lake District and the Yorkshire Dales. In the winter I like to go on holiday, funnily enough, in the mountains!
Itinerary (Subject to change):
Meeting in the hostel
Dinner (not included)
Packed lunches will be included, but you are welcome to take nutritious snacks with you.
Choice of two hikes:
For those who love a challenge we have a real treat here. You’ll tackle the three highest peaks in Yorkshire, in just a day. It is about 25 miles of walking, taking in the area’s beautiful scenery. This challenge should not be taken lightly as the terrain is extremely varied involving some steep ascents and descents. In total you will be walking for approximately 12 hours.
Of course for those of you who find it too difficult we have an easy option of a stunning classic walk covering about 10 miles.
The difficult option:
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge includes:
Pen-y-Ghent (694 metres)
Whernside (736 metres)
Ingleborough (723 metres)
It is a strenuous walk and a real challenge.
At 7:30 am taxi will be picking you up from the hostel and taking you to Horton in Ribblesdale. The walk will start at 8am.
The route: Horton In Ribblesdale -Brackenbottom Scar- Pennine Way- Penyghent- Ingleborough-
Chapel-Le-Dale- Whernside via Ellerbeck
Distance: 20 miles
Highest point: 736m
Ascent: 1552 metres
Time: 10-12 hours
The Yorkshire 3 Peaks is a considerable challenge to undertake; with over 30km of fell, moorland and valley walking. The duration is approximately 12 hours, so sufficient water and food should be considered into your planning. The villages that we pass through should NOT be relied upon for your food.
This route starts at Horton-in-Ribblesdale which is ‘the hub’ of activity for walkers attempting the challenge. The first peak in the challenge is Pen y Ghent sitting at 694 metres above sea level. We will ascend from Horton in Ribblesdale via Brackenbottom Scar and up the southerly flank of Pen Y Ghent to the summit. The descent then takes us on the famous Pennine Way towards Tarn Bar and Horton Scar, passing examples of pot holes in the limestone such as the well known Hull Pot.
Passing again through Horton in Ribblesdale, the route then starts the ascent of Ingleborough passing by Sulber Nick and Sulber Pot on The Dales High Way. The ascent begins to steepen here as we continue up to Fell Beck Head and across Simon Fell Breast, with a final push up the aptly named Swine Tail reaching the summit of Ingleborough at 723 metres above sea level.
Our route then retreats towards the Swine Tail with steep descent and then across Humphrey Bottom towards the cave of Braithwaite Wife Hole and through Souther Scales Scars.
Continuing on the Dales High Way, we pass through the village of Chapel le Dale towards Ellerbeck and Bruntscar. The final ascent of the challenge starts here with a sustained climb up High Pike and on to the summit of Whernside at 736 metres above sea level. Weather permitting, the summit provides a panoramic view of the magnificent example of Victorian engineering that is the Ribblehead railway viaduct.
We then back track our route into Chapel le Dale where transfers can be arranged to Ingleton, or the more energetic amongst us could continue walking along the Roman road under Twistleton Scar and past Beezley Falls into Ingleton.
The Easy option:
Taxi will pick you up at 10am
A calssic walk up to Ingleborough from Clapham via Ingleborough Cave, Trow Gill and Gaping Gill. The walk will end in Ingleton.
Distance: 10 miles
Highest point: 723 m
Ascent: 723 m
Time: 4-5 hour
Terrain: park land, narrow lanes, stony footpaths, rocky knolls, tarns and bridleways
This is a moderate 4-5 hour walk taking into consideration geographical features of this limestone landscape such as, Trow Gill, Gaping Gill and Ingleborough summit sitting at 723 meters above sea level. The distinctive table top profile of Ingleborough is considered to be an ancient ‘sky’ burial site. From Clapham village we will follow the signs for Ingleborough show cave, and Clapham Beck past the show cave (option for Sunday), Spring Beck Head and into the enchanting Trow Gill. The area beyond Trow Gill offers many examples of pot hole entrances into the limestone underworld. The classic here being Gaping Gill (un-navigable without specialist equipment and knowledge) which opens underground into a chasm the size of a cathedral. The route provides an ascent via Little Ingleborough to the main summit at 723 metres above sea level. There is a short steep descent off the summit, which becomes more gradual across Ingleborough Common and past Quaking Pot. The route continues down the gulley at Red Gait Head and onto Crina Bottom Fell Lane then meanders down past Storrs Cave and onto thigh Street in Ingleton.
In the evening if we can just go to check out the local bars/restaurants, depending on how much energy we have left.
21:00-dinner (not included)
Breakfast and packed lunch included)
Visiting the Ingleborough cave (taxis and entry tickets included)
We have not planned anything for Sunday as we are assuming that you will be exhausted after Saturday challenge.
The optional walk would be Beezley Falls, but you will need to let our mounain leader know by 10am on the Sunday if you wanted to do it.
A leisurely route 2 hour walk, with a total ascent of 192 metres. It will take 3 hours with an exploration of Beezley Falls. From the High Street in Ingleton, take the right turn onto Fell Lane passing close by to Storrs Cave. The route then passes under White Scar (white limestone rock) and traverses towards Skirwith and Skirwith Cave. There is then an easy descent to the stepping stones to cross the River Doe. There is a deep gorge and waterfalls at Beezley Falls and Snow Falls. The route continues down Oddies Lane into Ingleton.
Water proof jacket
Waterproof over trousers (Tip; Ensure you can put the over trousers on whilst wearing your boots)
Gloves (Tip;If rain is forecast, take at least 2 pairs)
Food for the day. You will be burning off twice the amount of energy you normally do, so bring enough food. Sugary snacks aren’t a good idea. Foods like bananas, dried fruit, flapjacks & sandwiches are good.
Water. On hot days you can drink up to 4 pints/2 litres of water. Platypus water sacs are a great way of carrying water.
Flask. On cold days a warm drink is nice to have.
Wicking base layer (This is worn next to the skin and should not be a cotton t-shirt)
Mid layer (Worn between the base layer and your jacket, lightweight fleeces are ideal)
Hiking trousers (Tip; Do not wear jeans or jogging bottoms)
Rucksack liner (Tip; this is essential in wet weather. Rucksacks are not waterproof!)
– accommodation in quad rooms
– half board (2 delicious breakfasts and 2 packed lunches)
– choice of guided hikes on Saturday and Sunday
– visit in the Ingleborough cave
What`s not included:
– travel to the hostel and back to London
– transfers in Yorkshire Dales (to the hikes and cave)
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