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Frequently Asked Questions

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  • How do I contact the Pen-y-ghent Cafe?
  • The Pen-y-ghent Cafe is currently closed and we are not sure when/if it will reopen.
  • How long does it take to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk?
  • The Three Peaks Walk is approximately 24.5 miles long. For an average regular walker, who has trained for the walk, the walk usually takes around 10 hours. If you stop a little along the way, it will probably be nearer 11 hours.

    Going round with various people we have done it from anything from 6¾ hours (which included a reasonable amount of running) to 12 hours.
  • Where can I get a map of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk route?
  • On the video downloads available from this website, there are 1:25,000 OS maps ready to print, with the route marked on the map. There are also maps available from the Pen-y-ghent Cafe in Horton (approx 50 yards from the car park), which have the route already on them - but ensure it will be open and they have them in stock before you arrive.

    The Pen-y-ghent Cafe is currently closed and we are not sure when/if it will reopen.

    We also suggest taking a 1:25,000 OS map of the area: Explorer OL2 (Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western Area). Buy this map from Ordnance Survey.
  • Where is the nearest train station to the start of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk?
  • The nearest railway station is the one at Horton in Ribblesdale itself, which is about 800 yards from the Pen-y-ghent Cafe.
  • What time of year is best to do the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk?
  • Most people do the Three Peaks Walk between May and September due to the available daylight. With an average time of 10 hours for a reasonably fit walker, you need to check how many hours light you will have outside of this period. If it is only getting light say by 8 and it is going dark by 5, then that is only 9 hours light. If you walk slower to enjoy the views and take more sandwich and photo breaks you could end up walking for 12 hours, so the start or end of your journey may need to be in the dark. If you want to walk any of it in the dark, the start is generally better, as you will be less tired and more able to concentrate on the first climb up Pen-y-ghent.


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