The Yorkshire Three Peaks, in the Yorkshire Dales, represents a challenge for the keenest of walkers. To scale three mountains in one day is no mean feat and provides an exhilarating and demanding trek in some of the most spectacular countryside England has to offer. This region was shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago, and its wild beauty, with striking limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations, motivates us as we walk. We also see the famous Ribblehead Viaduct enroute. This is an extremely tough one-day event over wild, rugged and exposed landscapes; at just over 24 miles it forms an enormous challenge for walkers.
We meet very early at our start point near the village of Horton in Ribblesdale for registration and a briefing, and after warming up our muscles, we set off! We take the Pennine Way towards our first peak – the distinctive stepped outcrop of Pen-y-Ghent. As we gain height, we enjoy views across to our remaining two peaks, Whernside and Ingleborough. Clear, well-worn paths and stone steps take us quite steeply up to the summit (694m). As we walk up the valley our path runs parallel with the Settle to Carlisle railway line. At Ribblehead we can see the high, rounded peak of Whernside and we gradually begin our ascent, following a slabbed path all the way to the summit (736m). The last section is particularly steep but our efforts are rewarded with the views and the knowledge that we have only one summit left to go! We descend off the mountain and head to the village of Chapel-le-Dale. We soon reach the base of Ingleborough (723m), where a stepped path zig-zags fairly steadily to the summit of our final peak, where we can enjoy the views and celebrate our third and final climb! We descend over Simon Fell heading back towards the finish line, where we will celebrate before saying our farewells and heading home.
Your safety, and that of the rest of the group, is our highest priority. Our trips are designed and planned with safety in mind. Your crew will be equipped with communication devices (eg phones, radios and/or emergency satellite phones), medical kit and other safety apparatus appropriate to the destination. Our leaders always have access to our 24-hour emergency UK back-up. They are responsible for safety on the trip, and will make any changes to the itinerary they deem necessary, should local conditions dictate. Pre-trip administration - such as medical questionnaires and travel insurance as appropriate - is all done with your safety in mind.
We have a Passenger Portal which will give you more details of the challenge itself. It also enables you to see any outstanding information we need, the countdown to your challenge departure, see your outstanding balance, make payments and update your contact details. You can access this via the following link - Passenger Portal Log in.
We plan our trips around the optimal weather conditions, but could still be exposed to bad weather at any time. It is vital you are prepared for all conditions. We provide you with a detailed packing kit-list on registration, as well as details on useful discounts you are entitled to as a Discover Adventure customer. We are always available if you need advice.
If you are still to buy some kit don’t forget that Cotswold Outdoor, Snow and Rock, Cycle Surgery and Runners Need offer all Discover Adventure participants 15% off any purchases you make with them. Please ask us for the code if you do not have this already.