Welcome to Three Peaks Walks


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There are two walks in the UK that are generally known as the "Three Peaks Walk". The first is the National Three Peaks Walk, which takes in the summits of Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowden within 24 hours, and the second is the Three Peaks of Yorkshire, which takes in Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough within 12 hours. Of course you do not need to do the walks in these times, but they are the traditional times set to make both the ventures a challenge.

This site at present concentrates solely on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk, but at some future point in time will be extended to cover the National Three Peaks Walk as well.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk is a very demanding but rewarding walk, which takes in the summits of Pen-y-ghent (694 metres - 2,276 feet), Whernside (736 metres - 2,415 feet) and Ingleborough (723 metres  2,372 feet) all in one circular route. There is no set starting point, but the vast majority of walkers start at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, taking in the summits in the order shown above.

Looking up at Pen-y-ghent

The walk is 24.5 miles (39.2km) long and takes in over 5,000 feet (1,600 metres) of climbing. The walking is over a variety of terrains, and the paths and signage has been much improved over recent years. The walk is described in more detail in the walks section.

Approaching Ribblehead viaduct with Whernside in the background

By tradition, the walk must be completed within 12 hours for you to be able to join the "Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club", which was set up by Peter and Joyce Bayes. To be eligible for membership, you must book out and book in again at the Pen-y-ghent Café in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Current opening times are shown here. If you complete the walk within 12 hours, and have used the antique clocking machine in the Café or have left your details with them, you will be invited to join the "Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club", and purchase, inter alia, a Three Peaks badge and tie.

View from Ingleborough looking over Ingleborough Nature Reserve and Souther Scales Fell

Getting to the start of the walk is easy. There is quite a large pay and display car park in Horton-in-Ribblesdale itself that can be used for parking, which is only a hundred yards or so from the Pen-y-ghent Café, or if you are coming by train, Horton-in-Ribblesdale railway station is only a couple of hundred yards further away. This station is on the Leeds - Settle - Carlisle line and has a regular service.


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