“The finest 1 day challenge in England”
As a mountain guide who lives in the shadow of the 3 Peaks and regularly leads walkers on the 3 Peaks challenge I felt I was in a unique position to write a book on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. So I did!
The Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge is on many people’s bucket list, an achievable (but difficult) walk in an accessible part of the country. The fact the area is stunningly beautiful helps!
The 3 Peaks book offers a detailed step by step description of the 3 Peaks route
However there is much more to it than that:
To buy the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Book click click here
Over 80,000 walkers take on the 3 Peaks challenge each year, most complete it. Only the highest mountains in Britain have more climbers visiting their summits, Snowdon is the most popular but Scafell Pike, Helvellyn and Ben Nevis take over 100,000. However as a challenge walk the Yorkshire 3 Peaks is the biggest of the lot carrying over double the number of walkers as the National 3 Peaks.
The walk itself is not technically difficult with only a few sections requiring a minimum amount of hands on help. However it can be a navigational challenge, particularly when the cloud is down (which it often is!) It really is important that someone in the party either knows the route or can map read. Using this step by step description described in the 3 Peaks book is also very helpful.
One of the greatest joys I have had in compiling the book is taking the photos. Days spend wandering the slopes of all 3 mountains, taking my time and hopefully producing some lovely photography as a result. The 3 Peaks are set some of the most attractive and unique scenery in Britain. Ribblehead viaduct is the centrepiece, a Victorian masterpiece constructed in the 1870s and still used today. Surrounding the viaduct are the 3 mountains, set in limestone scenery.
The focus of the book is the challenge itself but the book offers much more. One of the best ways to enjoy the mountains is to climb only one of them a day. The most enjoyable routes up each of the 3 Peaks are not necessarily the ones on the challenge. Each of these alternative walks are described complete in detail including all there is to see and enjoy during the walk. For example the climb of Ingleborough from Clapham includes visits to Ingleborough Cave, Gaping Gill, Trow Grill and a wonderful descent through the Ingleborough Nature Reserve.
To help complete the 3 Peaks story I have asked some outside contributors to talk about their non walking experiences of the 3 Peaks. Dale Cordingley, Paul Baker and David Wild discuss caving, fell running and cycling and why they enjoy the area so much. In addition Alan Hulme from the Yorkshire Dales National Park talks about the management now, and over the years, of the footpaths and how they can improve the underfoot experiences of the 80,000 who walk the challenge each year.
Leaving the summit of Whernside
The final section of the book describes further challenges in the area, walks that are just as hard but take place in quieter parts of the Dales. For example who has ever heard of the Wharfedale 3 Peaks? My own personal goal is to move people on from the traditional 3 Peaks challenge and encourage them to return to the area. People like and indeed demand reasons to visit a place. At the present time the Yorkshire Dales has a real jewel in the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge, a great walk set in stunning countryside is a great pull.
I hope this book will encourage people to not just take the challenge on but to enjoy it and be encouraged to visit again.
Buy the book here
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20 Hidden Gems . Walks that are off the beaten track making them even more enjoyable
My Favourite 10 Mountains in Britain. A list and why I like them.
10 of my favourite Easy Fells. Fells that are close to the road with great views and an enjoyable climb.
10 of my favourite short walks. Walks for a few hours that anyone can do.
10 Reasons why I enjoy walking . The main reasons that drive me out and about
My Favourite Short Walks pt 2. There are so many great shorter walks here is a 2nd selection.
10 of the best Riverside Walks in the Dales The Dales does rivers perfectly.
10 of my favourite Dales walks. This changes but these are my present favourites
10 Unusual approaches to Lakes Classic Walks. Says it all
10 Favourite Dales Villages Includes favourite walks from the villages
Hidden Delights . Walks and walking areas away from the crowds
10 Reasons to Walk in the Dales. Self explanatory!
Top 10 tips on Navigation. Make walking more enjoyable with a map & compass
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