Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

1 day / 12 hour challenge

1 Day



The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is a walking challenge which covers 25 miles in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The challenge includes the 3 of the highest mountains in the national park; Pen y ghent, Whernside, Ingleborough and the walking distance between the 3.

Pen y Ghent

Traditionally started from Horton – in – Ribblesdale by clocking in at the Pen y Ghent Cafe. Challengers then have 12 hours to return to clock out. From Horton the route ascends through fields and a small craggy step to reach the summit of Pen y ghent (694m).


From Pen y ghent challengers make the short descent and long distance hike to Ribblehead. Walking alongside the viaduct and railway challengers then climb Whernside (the highest of the 3 Peaks) The ascent of the 736m peak is fairly gentle following the main ridge.


Descending Whernside with Ingleborough (723m) insight there is only a short distance to walk until the ascent begins. Travelling across fields, then following the rocky slabs that form the path to the final ascent. Then onto the rocky plateau to reach the summit shelter and trig point.

Key facts

Pen y Ghent







Accommodation is not included


Transport is not usually included

Walking Grade



Items that are included in the cost of the tour price.

  • Full guided challenge from start to finish
  • Qualified and First Aid trained UK Mountain Leaders
  • Professional group organisation by an experienced provider
  • Certificates for all participants to prove you did it
  • Fully insured events. We do however recommend you get personal trip insurance to cover everything else
  • We comply with the The Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 by providing Financial protection for all bookings that constitute a package as a requirement by law
  • Ongoing support from the Mountaineerin team from point of enquiry right through to the challenge
  • All participants receive a 10% Ellis Brigham Mountain Sports voucher

What's not included?

Items that are not included in the cost of the tour price.

  • Transport is not usually included ✘
  • Personal trekking equipment ✘
  • Alcoholic and energy drinks ✘
  • Bottled water ✘
  • Personal snacks ✘

Trip notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all everything you need to know about this trip.

Example Itinerary - Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

06:45am – Meet at the Pen y Ghent Café, Horton in Ribblesdale, Settle, BD24 0HE

07:00am – Begin challenge

08:30am – Summit Pen y Ghent (10 minute break for photos etc)

08:40am – Leave summit and head for the Ribblehead Viaduct

12:10pm – Arrive at the Ribblehead Viaduct and take 15 minute break

12:25pm – Leave Ribblehead Viaduct and begin Whernside ascent

13:55pm – Summit Whernside (10 minute break for photos etc)

14:05pm – Leave summit and head for main road and Ingleborough start point

15:05pm – Arrive at main road and take 15 minute break

15:20pm – Leave road and begin Ingleborough ascent

16:50pm – Summit Ingleborough (10 minute break for photos etc)

17:00pm – Leave summit and begin descent back to Horton in Ribblesdale

19:00pm – Arrive at Horton in Ribblesdale

This 12 hour itinerary includes a total of 1 hour of breaks. The remaining 11 hours will be spent walking around the planned route.

Please note that the above times are a guide and some groups will complete the route faster and some will take a little longer.


Transport is not normally provided for a Yorkshire 3 Peaks event as it is normally a 1 day event. If you do require transport please ask us. We have minibuses available for all our events if needed.

The traditional challenge is to complete the walk within 12 hours. Some groups however complete it quicker and others a little slower. No matter how long it takes, it’s a massive achievement.

Tough. You have to imagine walking the length of a marathon non stop but then add in 3 mountains and uneven terrain.

This varies depending on who you speak to. The descent of Whernside is short but very steep but a lot of people would say the final descent from Ingleborough back to Horton in Ribblesdale. Although the descent is gradual it is a long way from the summit of the final peak to the end after a long day. 

We cater for all group sizes. Our events are usually split into groups of 8-10 with each group having their own leader however we also offer events for small groups, couples or even solo travellers.

After reviewing our kit list, risk assessments and procedures, it would not be defensible to go against the recommendations set out. 

With this in mind Mountaineerin will be advising that all participants need to wear walking boots with ankle support as per our kit list.

The terrain on all 3 mountains is rocky, very slippy when wet and given the nature of the event with people progressively getting more fatigued boots provide the best way of reducing the risk of strains, sprains or worse. We appreciate an ankle injury is not always a major problem however in mountain terrain far from help it can pose significant logistical issues and seriously impact the event. 

As per our kit list all participants are expected to be suitable equipped with the correct recommend footwear which is walking boots. You may be refused participation if you do not have the appropriate footwear. 

A kit list will be provided upon booking however you simply need standard walking kit; boots, waterproofs etc. You do not need any specialised equipment.

No – Walking times are often 10 – 12 hours though with minimal breaks so all participants need to be suitable fit enough.

Yes. If we are providing transport you can leave any items you choose on the vehicle. You will only need to carry what you need for the walk.

2-4 litres depending on how much you think you may drink. There are some options to gain extra water en route but these can not always be relied upon.

Some ideas of this are provided in the supporting documents after booking. We do suggest however snacking whilst on the mountains as you will not stop for any length of time for a break.

Things such as nuts, cereal bars, granola, sweets, chocolate, energy bars are all good options.

You need enough food for around 12 hours but it should be consumed little and often so lots of snacks and things you can nibble on whilst walking around the route

No. There are a couple of rocky steps but nothing we would class as a climb or scramble.

Dogs are sometimes allowed but we generally advise against it. Not all group members may like dogs for example. The dog would also be an extra responsibility for you during the day.

Training ideas are provided after booking however we suggest cardiovascular exercise such as walking, swimming and cycling are all good activities for training for the challenge. The fitter you are the more enjoyment you are likely to get from the challenge.

Of course not! Our guides are there to support the group and the individuals within the group. Groups will often walk at the pace of the slowest member.

Absolutely. About 6 weeks prior to your challenge you will receive a health questionnaire which allows us to check if there is anything else we need to or could do to support you in your challenge. If you believe you would need extra support for any reason just let us know and we can discuss this further.

Yes, Mountaineerin Ltd is insured for all the activities it offers. We also recommend getting personal trip insurance however to cover you for loss or damage to any items or personal injury.

A certificate of achievement will be sent out after the challenge for you to show off to all your friends.


For a private group (6 or more) please contact us!