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Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge


The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is a one-day epic adventure to walk the three highest mountains in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire 3 Peaks covers 24 miles and the challenge is to complete the walk in 12 hours!

To complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks, we must successfully summit the mighty Yorkshire mountains of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.

Trekking these three mountains within 12 hours is not for the faint-hearted but provides an exhilarating and demanding challenge in some truly magnificent scenery.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge is designed to be challenging but it is certainly achievable, just keep putting one foot in front of the other and you’ll get there!

Our passionate and encouraging leader will be with you every step of the way to ensure you experience a safe and enjoyable adventure.

Pen-y-Ghent 694m (2277ft)

Whernside 736m (2415ft)

Ingleborough 723m (2372ft)

There are no charity commitments so you are free to raise money for any charity of your choice, or simply take on Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge for a personal challenge without a minimum fundraising obligation.

We take customer service very seriously but don’t take our word for it, see our Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge Feedback from previous challengers.

We also have a Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge Photo Gallery with action snaps from the trekking challenge.  



06:15 Check-in at the Ribblehead Viaduct, Blea Moor Rd, Carnforth LA6 3AS.  W3W Location - ///cleans.cheerily.reworked 

06:30 Commence the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

08:30 Summit Whernside Peak

09:35 Arrive CP1 Philpin Farm Campsite Cafe, Chapel-le-dale

09:55 Leave Cafe (20 minute break)  W3W Location ///vocab.blame.defectors

11:55 Summit Ingleborough

13:55 Arrive CP2 Horton-in-Ribblesdale 

14:15 Leave Checkpoint  (20 minute break) W3W Location - ///slap.blasted.headrest

15:40 Summit Pen-y-Ghent

18:30 Arrive at Ribblehead Viaduct Carpark and complete the Yorkshire 3 Peaks


Start / Finish Location

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Start Finish Location

Check Point 1 - Cafe available to purchase food (in summer months).

Yorkshire 3 Peaks CP2

Check Point 2 -

Check Point 2

Yorkdhire 3 Peaks Challenge

What's included:

>> Mountain Leader(s)

>> Yorkshire 3 Peaks Finisher Medal


What's not included:

>> Transport (Before or after the challenge)

>> Accommodation (Before or after the challenge)

>> Food or Drink

>> Personal Insurance

>> Equipment


All Challenge Central events require a minimum participation level in order to operate. On very rare occasions if this level is not reached with 3 months to go, we may, unfortunately, have to cancel the challenge date. Bookings can either be refunded in full or transferred to another Challenge Central event within the next 18 months. Please find our full Terms and Conditions here.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Downloadable Checklist available here



>> Walking Boots

>> Walking Socks

>> Waterproof Socks

>> Base Layers – Shorts / Tights / Upper Body

>> Walking Trousers

>> Walking / Windproof Jacket

>> Rain Jacket

>> Fleece or Warm Jumper

>> Hat / Gloves / Scarf


Luggage / Packing Equipment:

>> Back Pack (This would be a Personal Preference regarding which size however 40-45L in our opinion would be fine - Example)

>> Packing Sacks and Dry Sacks

>> Camelbak / Water Bottle (This would be a Personal Preference regarding which size Camelbak however 2L in our opinion would be fine - Example)


Hygiene & Health:

>> Toiletries

>> Flannel / Hand Towel (to freshen up)

>> Toilet Paper

>> Prescribed Medication (if applicable)


Walking Equipment:

>> Head Torch & Spare Batteries

>> Mini First Aid Kit** / Pain Killers / Blister Plasters / Vaseline

>> Insect Repellent / Sun Cream / Sunglasses

>> Whistle / Compass

>> Mobile Phone


Nutrition & Hydration:

>> Packed Lunch .

>> Water / Hydration Drink(s)

>> Energy Bars, Nuts, Seeds, Dry Fruit (suggestions only)

>> Malt Loaf, Banana Cake, Jelly Babies, Trek Bars (suggestions only)

>> Protein Shake (suggestion only)

>> Protein / Recovery Bars (suggestions only)


Other Optional Equipment:

>> Walking Poles

>> Maps

>> Camera

>> **Emergency Equipment – Silver Blanket, Survival Bag

**All of our guides will have Emergency Equipment and Maps with them.

We are pleased to provide all trekking participants with a special discount to use at Cotswold Outdoor Ltd which is available to use both in their stores and online through their website.  *Terms & Conditions apply.

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

CC Unisex Hoodie


>> 50% Cotton / 50% Polyester / 271 gms

>> Black jumpet with red inside hood

>> Challenge Central logo embroided on front and printed on back with "Push Your Limits"

>> Available in Small, Medium, Large, Extra Large

£25.00 (handed to you on Day 1 of your challenge) or £25.00 + £5.00 P&P if you would like it delivered pre-challenge (in the UK)


Yorkshire 3 Peaks Group



Challenge Central has been successfully helping people overcome some of the toughest, most exciting challenges for many years. Here’s what they have to say about their Yorkshire 3 Peaks experience with us:

“The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge with Challenge Central was fantastic. The event was extremely well organised and the support by all the Challenge Central team was incredible. We couldn't have done it without them”  

Declan, October 2019

"Thoroughly enjoyed my day despite the very wet weather. Good communication from staff and all of them were very helpful and knew their stuff. Challenge was completed in under 12 hours which was the goal I wanted. It was worth the still muscles and pains the next day. Would consider doing it again I better weather and would happily use Challenge Central." 

Steve, August 2017

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

"Just returned from completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks with Challenge Central. I have to say the organisation and support available from initial registration to the finish of the challenge was fantastic. All the team are supportive, enthusiastic and knowledgeable. Would not hesitate in recommending them for your challenge."

Wayne, August 2017

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

"The 12-hour Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge was well organised and I felt supported at all times. The number of leaders allowed a faster group to separate near the end of the challenge so that they could achieve a better time than the rest of the group. This is not an easy challenge but my sense of achievement more than makes up for my sore legs." 

Linda, August 2017

Yorkshire 3 Peaks

"I and my two friends had a fantastic day doing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. Our first walk so we needed advice which we got when booking. Even though the weather was bad all the group was happy due to the guides and helpers. When the group broke into smaller groups due to abilities our leader Paul was great and kept us on course to achieve the Challenge time. Thoroughly recommend."  

Ricky Toomey, August 2017

Yorkshire 3 Peaks


If you would like to read other challenge testimonials from our previous participants, you can view them here.

Physical fitness and walking experience are both very important however the ethos of Challenge Central is to take on a challenge, not to be the quickest. The challenge involves walking for 12 hours in a single day so should not be considered easy however it is certainly possible to achieve with correct preparation. We encourage in the build up to the challenge, participants undertake physical activity for at least 3 months. All challengers will receive a plan to help support with their training.

The best and most relevant training you can do would be to walk up and down mountains or hills. We appreciate that this is not always possible due to location but anything more vertical than flat will help prepare you for the real thing. If you do not have access to any hills then you can create your own in the gym. Walk up a hill on the treadmill, climb on the climber or go up and down stairs. Any movement that involves stepping up is good. Failing the first two training options, the next best thing would be to improve the strength of muscles required in the challenge. Performing exercises such as squats, lunges and step ups will help increase the strength of your leg muscles. You can progress by holding weights to increase intensity. Best to speak to your gym instructor if you are unsure.

Of course not! As parts of the route are off track, it is important that everyone stays close together in this challenge. There will be a Challenge Central leader at the front and a guide at the back of the group and they will regularly regroup where required.

Bring a packed lunch and any snacks you require with you. There is a cafe at one of the checkpoints which is open through the summer months.

Keeping yourself hydrated is very important, before, during and after each mountain. The amount of water required varies for each individual and very weather dependent. As a rule of thumb however, we recommend a minimum of 3 litres for the event. 

Participants will usually travel either by car or train. We meet in a public car park where you can pay to leave your car there all day. The area will become very busy of cars however there are over flow car parks nearby if required.

If you are travelling by train, the local stations are: Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Ingleton. We suggest looking a website such as to plan your route If you have any further questions, please contact us.

If you are travelling to Yorkshire by car, access is via the M6 then A687 or A65 from the Kendle or Leeds direction.

Taxis are available from Settle Taxis — 01729 822219.

There is lay-by parking at Ribblehead Viaduct, Blea Moor Rd, Carnforth LA6 3AS. W3W Location- ///cleans.cheerily.reworked 


If you are staying in Yorkshire, Horton-In-Ribblesdale and Ingleton are the closest villages however Settle and Austwick are also close by.

Below are some of our recommendations:

3 Peaks Bunkroom - Around £15 per night (Dorm Room)

Clapham Bunk - Around £14 per night (Dorm Room)

The Golden Lion Hotel - Around £70 per night (Twin Room)

The Marton Arms - Around £80 per night (Twin Room)

The Rowe House - From £90 per night (Twin/Double Room)

Please note some require a minimum of 2 night stay so be sure to check that out first.

There is also a campsite a couple of minutes walk away from the starting point at Holme Farm.

Ribblesdale Pods are available to hire.

All challengers must be over the age of 18 (or 15 if accompanied by an adult taking part who will have full responsibility of the child during the trip).

We strongly recommend anyone who has a medical condition should seek approval from their GP / Consultant before signing up to a challenge. When registering for the event, you are agreeing to be fit and healthy enough to take part.

The Health and Safety of all participants and members of staff are paramount to us. Depending on the type and severity of your condition, we may require a letter from a medical professional stating that you are fit enough to undergo the activity. Please refer to 6.6 in our Terms & Conditions.

Time before start of the challenge Deposit refund
More than 3 Months 50% Refund of Price Paid
(excluding challenge deposit)
Transfer to Another Event within 18 months
(excluding challenge deposit)
Between 1-3 Months 0% Refund
Transfer to Another Event within 18 months
(excluding challenge deposit)
Less than 1 Month 0% Refund
No Transfer

Please refer to section 9 of our Terms & Conditions for full details.

Yes, Challenge Central have both public and employer liability cover from our Tour Operator insurance. This covers us for the costs of legal fees resulting from claims of negligence against Challenge Central. If you would like to view a copy, please get in contact.

Our insurance does not cover participants personally if Challenge Central is not at fault so please ensure you have sufficient insurance to cover you for the activity being undertaken.