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Saturday Walk: Yorkshire 3 Peaks in a Day

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9 July
Chris Harris
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The area and details of the meet
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk is a demanding but rewarding walk, which takes in the summits of Pen-y-ghent (694 metres - 2,276 feet), Whernside (736 metres - 2,415 feet) and Ingleborough (723 metres 2,372 feet) all in one circular route. There is no set starting point, but the vast majority of walkers start at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, taking in the summits in the order shown above. The walk is 24.5 miles (39.2km) long and takes in over 5,000 feet (1,600 metres) of climbing.
There is a large, conveniently placed, pay and display car park in Horton
By tradition, the walk must be completed within 12 hours for you to be able to join the "Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club", which was set up by Peter and Joyce Bayes. To be eligible for membership, you must book out and book in again at the Pen-y-ghent Café in Horton-in-Ribblesdale near the carpark. If you complete the walk within 12 hours, and have used the antique clocking machine in the Café or have left your details with them, you will be invited to join the "Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club", and purchase, inter alia, a Three Peaks badge and tie. It is up to you sort this yourself if you want the not free souvenirs.
We will start in Horton in Ribblesdale and head for Pen-y-gent with it's easy scrambly bit near the top. The descent is steep and grassy then we start the 12 mile, fairly flat but sometimes boggy walk to Whernside via the Ribblehead viaduct (see photo). The ascent of Whernside is fairly gentle, the descent a bit rough and steep but on a well worn path. Then it's across to Ingleborough where the gentle approach turns into about 1000ft of steep ascent on a zigzag path. The descent back to Horton is gentle and grassy. Most of the route is on good paths but you should be prepared for 4 seasons in a day, we had hail and sleet in August. This website gives a good idea of the terrain etc