Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

For those who want to tackle a challenge but don't want the ridiculousness of a cross national car journey in between mountain climbs, why not tackle the highest three mountains in a particular vicinity. A good example of this is the yorkshire 3 peaks challenge which is a challenge of which you tackle the 3 tallest mountains in the Yorkshire Dales region.
These are

Pen - y -Ghent (694m)

This is the smallest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. It features a number of interesting geological features such as hunt pot and further down hull pot. The waters that flow in have created an extensive cave system which rises at Brants Gill Head.

Starting the yorkshire three peaks challenge from horton ribblesdale and walking in the traditional counterclockwise direction, pen-y-ghent is the first peak to be ascended.


This is the tallest of the three peaks, it’s also the highest on the ceremonial county of North Yorkshire. The shape of the mountain is that of a long ridge, running roughly north-north-east  to south southwest.


On a flat area just below the top of Ingleborough you can find the remains of an old walled enclosure which have been discovered, containing the foundations of Iron Age huts. This could be the reason for the ‘borough’ part of this name, as it comes from the old english ‘burh’ meaning fortified place. Remains of building can be found closer to the summit also.

The whole challenge can be attempted as apart of a privately constructed group or as a part of a group challenge via an agency. While of course aythe route can be tackled in any route requested, there are three possible start points for the yorkshire 3 peaks. You can walk either clockwise or anticlockwise, the postcodes for these start points are chapel le dale (limited free parking, usually quiet)
Horton-in-Ribblesdale — BD24 0HE (lots of parking, £4 for the day, very busy at weekends)
Ribblehead — LA6 3AS (some free parking).

Walkers can travel to yorkshire by car or train. Car parking is available at each start point previously delineated.