Yorkshire 3 Peaks

  • A major walking challenge
  • Visit 3 of the best Yorkshire peaks
  • 24.5 miles and over 5,200 foot of climbing

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The Yorkshire 3 Peaks is an extremely popular walk, deservedly becoming iconic for the ever increasing number of walkers who want to achieve something special. It is not necessarily the best way to appreciate the individual peaks but that is not why people choose to complete it. I have done it umpteen times, mainly as a guide for large parties, but the first time was as an individual (with my old dog Bracken). I found it a bit of a trawl to be honest but immensely satisfying on completion. The exception is the last two hours off Ingleborough to Horton which is an absolute pleasure as it makes its way through some lovely limestone scenery.

The ascent of Pen y Ghent and Whernside are the most popular routes up the fells and are good day walks in their own right where as the climb up Ingleborough is not the ascent from Clapham being the best route up for a day trip. Coming as the 3rd peak the steep 150 foot scramble comes as a bit of a shock! The long crossing from Pen y Ghent to Ribblehead can be gruelling, particularly in the wet but aside from this 5 mile section the walk (and even this was significantly improved in 2013) it is straightforward on good paths which are easy to follow. It may be worth starting at Ribblehead rather than Horton, particularly on a Saturday to avoid the crowds.

Pen y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough are 3 of the Dales 30 Mountains

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire South & West.Buy Map
Start Point: SD 809725. Horton. There is plenty of parking available in Horton. However on popular Saturdays consider starting at Ribblehead and climbing Whernside first.
Height to Climb:
Terrain: This is the Dales and can be peaty but the worst sections appear to have been repaired now. Should be easy to follow
Eating & Drinking: Refreshments are usually available at a van at Ribblehead and at weekends a farm opens its doors at Chapel le Dale
Similar Walks Nearby: Whernside from Ribblehead
Ingleborough via Gaping Gill
Pen y Ghent from Horton in Ribblesdale
Places to Stay:


Woodlands Country HouseMaypole Inn, Long Preston


Boars Head, Long Preston