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Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

This challenging but extremely rewarding walk tackles the three highest peaks in Yorkshire.  Starting in Horton-in-Ribblesdale the traditional route first takes you up Pen-y-ghent (694m) followed by Whernside (736m) and finally Ingleborough (723m) before returning to Horton-in-Ribblesdale all in under 12 hours.  The route followed is approximately 25 miles and includes about 1600m of ascent.

Please note, this trip will only run with a minimum of four bookings.

What You Need To Know

Difficulty Rating

The Challenge

The current Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge record, which was set in 1996 by Andy Peace is 2 hours, 46 minutes and 3 seconds. These days many people attempt the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge and aim to complete it in under 12 hours.

The Mountains

Pen-y-ghent

Positioned just outside Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 694m this is the lowest of the three peaks.

Whernside

Set behind the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, at 736m, Whernside is the highest mountain in Yorkshire.

Ingleborough

The third mountain on this challenge is Ingleborough which at 723m is just to the east of the small town of Ingleton.

Monkey Mountaineering's Approach

Maximise Chances of Success, Minimise Environmental Impact...

This is a stiff challenge but we do everything we can to help you achieve your goal. Small groups, never more than 6 people led by our professional, fully qualified, experienced and client focused guides helps to maximise your chances of success whilst minimising the environmental impact. We are good but we can't work miracles so we recommend that you do some training walks prior to attempting this challenge.

We run our standard Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge on a Saturday with an early start in Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

That said, we can run this trip on any date so if a Saturday doesn't work for you please get in touch - call us or email us at info@monkeymountaineering.com.

Below is a detailed itinerary (timings are based on completion in 12 hours but are only provided as a rough guide and can be subject to change due to weather and group fitness).

  • 6:45am meet in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Car Park on the B6479 (all day parking charge £5.00) for a briefing and kit check (we retain the option to cancel your booking without a refund if you do not have the correct clothing and equipment – see guidance in Clothing & Equipment section).
  • 7am depart for Pen-y-ghent. This first section is approximately 3 miles and is considered by some to be the toughest part of the challenge. It takes about 1 hour and 20 minutes to reach the summit.
  • 1:25pm arrive on the summit of Whernside. This is a distance of just over 11 miles from the summit of Pen-y-ghent.
  • 4:35pm just over 5 miles from the summit of Whernside and after a steep climb you will be standing on the final summit – Ingleborough. It’s all downhill from here.
  • 7pm arrive back in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, challenge complete!

Included in the price of this trip:

  • Professionally organized event.
  • Small group size to improve chances of success (maximum group size is 6).
  • A qualified and experienced first aid trained mountain leader to ensure your safety whilst on the mountains.
  • Transport in case of emergency.

The following are not included:

  • Your travel to our start/finish point (Yorkshire Dales National Park Car Park – Horton-in-Ribblesdale).
  • Accommodation before or after your challenge.
  • Meals - food and drink whilst on the hill.
  • Personal travel insurance (to cover you for cancellation, accident, health, emergency evacuation and loss, theft of or damage to baggage and personal effects etc).
  • Personal equipment (please see our clothing and equipment section).

The weather can vary wildly whilst on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. Early in the year there can be snow and sub-zero temperatures through to hot sunshine in the summer months as well as wind and rain. For these reasons we need to be prepared for everything that the weather can throw at us when on this challenge.

With this in mind it is important that we set out wearing the right clothing and carrying the right equipment. Listed below are all the items of clothing that you will need to complete this challenge safely. We have annotated some items as essential and your guide will check you have these before the challenge starts.

If you have any questions or concerns about clothing, equipment or food & drink, please give us a call or email us at info@monkeymountaineering.com

Essential Clothing (to be worn/carried)

  • Walking boots. A good pair of walking boots which provide ankle support and are well broken-in.  Boots are essential - Please do not bring trail shoes or trainers.
  • Hiking socks. We recommend a good pair of proper hiking/trekking socks.
  • Lightweight walking trousers. Jeans or tracksuit bottoms are not suitable.
  • Long-sleeved thermal top.
  • Tee-shirt. Should be a technical fabric – avoid cotton as it is slow to dry.
  • Warm Layer.  This can be a fleece jumper, fleece jacket or lightweight duvet/insulated jacket.
  • Waterproof Jacket.
  • Waterproof trousers.
  • Wooly hat.
  • Gloves or mittens

You may also want to consider a buff, these are great for keeping the neck warm or using as a balaclava to stave off wind and rain.

Essential Equipment

  • Small Rucksack. 20 to 30l is adequate.
  • Head torch.
  • Personal First Aid Kit.  Our guide will carry a group first aid kit but we recommend you carry a personal first aid kit which includes suncream, blister plasters (compeed), plasters, painkillers etc.
  • Water container. It is essential that you have the means to carry at least 2 litres of drinking water.  The best solution is a bladder type water carrier such as a camelbak as this then allows you to drink whilst walking with no need to stop to get out a water bottle.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles.
  • Camera.
  • Mobile Phone.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Rucksack rain cover.
  • Spare pair of hiking socks.

Food & Drink

  • Food.  During this challenge you will burn a significant amount of calories so it is important that you eat along the way.  You should plan to carry enough food whilst on the hill to keep your energy levels up throughout the challenge.  Everyone has their preferences when it comes to food so we won't dictate what you should bring however some foods/snacks work better than others.  Sandwiches don't tend to work too well on the hill; they get squashed and/or soggy.  Bananas, little oranges, mini pork pies, dried fruit, chocolate bars, wine gums & jelly babies and other similar snack foods all work well on the hill.
  • Drink.  Dehydration is a serious problem and it is easy to become dehydrated whilst walking, even when there is no sunshine.  It is therefore important to ensure you have the ability to drink whilst walking to stay properly hydrated.  We recommend you carry at least 2 litres of water to drink whilst walking.