Three great peaks. 25 miles’ of walking. 12 Hours. If you’re looking for a real challenge and achievement, with some stunning views of the Yorkshire Dales thrown in for good measure, this is the day out for you.

An early start is needed as you’ll be summiting the trio of peaks - Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-Y-Ghent in one full day, cheered on by the others in your small group.

Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity is working with Large Outdoors to deliver this exciting challenge. Large Outdoors will provide professional guides, who have walked this route many times, and will be on hand to lead the group – so you will be in knowledgeable hands!

Event Details

  • Reg Fee: £50
  • Min Sponsorship: £200
  • Date: Saturday 03 July 2021
  • Time: 7.00am for a prompt 7.30am start time. Subject to change.
  • Duration: The route should take 12 hours
  • Location: Yorkshire Dales
  • Age restrictions: Over 15’s. Please note anyone under 18 must be accompanied by an adult. If you are aged between 15-18 you will need parental consent to take part, so please contact us here to request a form
  • Dogs: No dogs, except registered assistance dogs

The Route

The Yorkshire Three Peaks route is a 25-mile circular including 1500m of ascent and descent and the aim is to complete it within 12 hours. Handily the start begins with a good leg-loosener as we set out along a fairly easy gradient for three miles with the distinctive anvil shape of Ingleborough, our first peak, in our sights.

Gradually we gain height as we follow the snaking route upwards. The summit offers panoramic views across the Dales and on to Morecambe Bay and the Lakes, a fitting point for a short breather and a ponder on author Alfred Wainwright’s opinion of Ingleborough: “Good Yorkshiremen do this climb as a duty to their inheritance – and find it a pleasure, as will all ‘foreigners’ too.”

Then armed with a jelly baby or two to top up the energy reserves we begin our second ascent to Yorkshire’s Everest – Whernside at 736 metres. This hulk of a hill again provides lovely views. As we descend the reasonably easy slope you’ll be able to see across to the Ribblehead Viaduct perhaps marvelling at the skills of the engineers and the sheer grit of the 2,000+ workers that built the structure back in the 1800s. In fact the viaduct is a half-way milestone for us before we begin the long low level stage along tracks and field paths towards our final peak of Pen-Y-Ghent (694m). Newly-restored paths provide relief for tired legs and before you know it, we’re at the summit, leaving just a short but steep descent and a final wander across some fields back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Please note: There are two opportunities en-route to buy refreshments including hot drinks.

Register for the event below by paying your £50 registration fee and filling in our form.

More information

Due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic participants will need to be able make their own way to and from the challenge – exact meeting points will be confirmed once we know final numbers. 

You can read Large Outdoors' COVID-19 walk procedure here which has full details of the kit you will need to bring (including a survival bag and face covering), and the rules that have been put in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable day of walking. 

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