Yorkshire 3 Peaks weekends 2017
The Yorkshire Three Peaks weekend offers a unique opportunity to challenge the keenest of walkers, surrounded by stunning Yorkshire Dales countryside, while also raising money for CARE.
To scale three mountains in two days 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 many thousands of years ago, and there are plenty of geological landmarks – striking limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations – to pique our interest as we walk. We will also see the famous Ribblehead Viaduct en-route, part of the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line. This is a tough and rewarding weekend in steep, rugged country, offering an unforgettable sense of achievement.
When are the weekends? 14-16 July and 1-3 September 2017
Who can take part? Anyone with a reasonable level of fitness can take part. The trip organisers Discover Adventures will provide you with a complete training guide when you register, and with advance planning anyone can achieve this challenge.
- All food, accommodation & camping equipment
- Transfers within trek
- Discover Adventure leaders, cooks and drivers
- Full vehicle support
- Optional pick-ups or drop-offs from Horton in Ribblesdale Railway Station
- Travel insurance (optional)
- Personal items such as drinks, snacks and souvenirs
- Sleeping bag and sleeping mat
- Transport to/from the event
- Entry to any optional sites or activities
- Any applicable surcharges as per Terms and Conditions
- Challenge itinerary
Day one is a meeting late afternoon at the campsite just outside of Chapel-le-Dale where you’ll meet your fellow walkers and get a detailed and thorough briefing of the next two days walking. After dinner you prepare your kit and turn in early for the next day’s early start!
Day two sees you setting off after a good hearty breakfast. We walk south with Ingleborough’s stepped shape rising before us. Whernside, our second peak, dominates the landscapes behind us. We soon reach the base of Ingleborough (723m), where a stepped path zig-zags fairly steadily to the summit of our first peak. We soak up the views of the countryside and the impressive sight of the famous Ribblehead Viaduct.
We then descend along a ridge to the valley below, where we walk parallel to the Settle–Carlisle Railway, enjoying a flattish section! From here we can also see the distinctive whale-back shape of Whernside (736m). We gradually begin our ascent, and the last section is particularly steep but our efforts are rewarded with the views – on a good day you can see across to Morecambe Bay on the west coast. After a short break we come down steeply off the mountain and trek the relatively short and flat distance to camp.
Trek approx. 12 miles (6-8 hours)
Day three starts with a short transfer (15-20 mins) to Horton in Ribblesdale, where we take the Pennine Way towards our third and final peak – the distinctive stepped outcrop of Pen-y-Ghent. Clear, well-worn paths lead us quite steeply up to the summit; there are some steep stone steps too. We enjoy time at the summit (694m) to take in the views before taking a westerly path down off the mountain and loop round to Horton once more. After the short transfer back to camp, we say goodbye to the new friends we’ve made and the incredible scenery we conquered, and head home.
Trek approx. 6-8 miles (4-5 hours)
For a more detailed itinerary please see here
- How we'll support you
- CARE technical T-shirt
- Fundraising pack
- Regular emails and on-hand support from our events team
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