Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
Saturday 3rd August 2019
Full Price: £70
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 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 support crew 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.
Yorkshire 3 Peaks Itinerary
The adventure begins with a fresh and early start in the village of Horton in Ribblesdale. We meet in a public car park opposite the Crown Hotel (BD24 0HF) at 06:15.
After the introductions and challenge brief we will commence our Yorkshire adventure at 06:30 by following the Pennine Way towards the first of our three mountains - Pen-y-Ghent.
The immediate incline will set the blood pumping and body temperature rising as we take our first steps in a day to remember.
From the top of Pen-y-Ghent we will see some inspiring views of the rest of the route and what the day has in store for us.
Heading off the mountain and westwards, we knock 10 miles off the total to reach our first checkpoint of the day for some refreshments.
Whernside, our second and highest mountain is next on the agenda as we trek in a horseshoe shaped route to the summit of the peak for a wonderful view over the Yorkshire Dales.
After a steep descent off Whernside and a total of 17 miles now in the bag, we will take a break at our second and final checkpoint in Chapel-le-Dale.
With just one mountain to go, we must ignore our aching limbs and push ourselves up the zigzag path to the feeling of greatness found at the peak of Ingleborough.
The 3 mountain peaks may have been conquered but now we must find a little more energy to complete the final 4.5 miles off the mountain and back to our start/finish point.
The final path to victory is long but with a pub and medal waiting for us at the end, this is final demand on the body before relaxing and enjoying the incredible achievement.
Timing Overview (Approx Timings – please view as a guide only)
06:15 Meet a public car park, opposite the Crown Hotel (BD24 0HF)
06:30 Commence the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge
08:30 Summit Pen-y-Ghent (3.0 miles)
11:45 Arrive at first checkpoint, Ribblehead (10.5 miles)
14:00 Summit Whernside (14.0 miles)
15:30 Arrive at second checkpoint, Chapel-le-Dale (17.0 miles)
17:00 Summit Ingleborough (19.5 miles)
18:30 Arrive back in Horton-in-Ribblesdale (24.0 miles)
Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge Dates
Saturday 4th August 2018
Saturday 3rd August 2019
>> Mountain Leaders
>> Support Vehicle
>> Yorkshire 3 Peaks Finisher Medal
>> Light Refreshments & Fluids
>> One heated meal on route – (Beyond The Beaten Track)
What's not included:
>> Transport (Before or after the challenge)
>> Accommodation (Before or after the challenge)
>> Personal Insurance
>> Additional Food or Drink
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.
>> 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
>> Packing Sacks and Dry Sacks
>> Camelbak / Water Bottle
Hygiene & Health:
>> Baby Wipes (or similar)
>> Toilet Paper
>> Prescribed Medication (if applicable)
>> Head Torch & Spare Batteries
>> Mini First Aid Kit** / Pain Killers / Blister Plasters / Vaseline
>> Insect Repellent / Sun Cream / Sunglasses
>> Whistle / Compass
>> Mobile Phone
Nutrition (suggestions only):
>> Energy Bars, Nuts, Seeds, Dry Fruit
>> Malt Loaf, Banana Cake, Jelly Babies, Trek Bars
>> Protein Shake
>> Protein / Recovery Bars
We provide one heated meal (Beyond The Beaten Track Meals) during the challenge however we recommend you bring additional food that is energy dense, light to carry and easy to eat on the mountains.
Other Optional Equipment:
>> Walking Poles
>> **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.
In addition to the one meal included in your challenge package, you can purchase extra self-heating meals suitable for people outdoors in challenging environments.
The following food options are available:
>> All Day Breakfast
>> Vegetable Tomato Breakfast (V)
>> Chilli Con Carne
£6.00 per meal
WHAT OUR CHALLENGERS SAY
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 London to Amsterdam experience with us:
"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
"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
"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
"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
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.
During the event we supply one heated meal (Beyond The Beaten Track Meals). We recommend you bring additional food that is energy dense, light to carry and easy to eat on the mountains.
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. The support vehicle will carry additional water and meet with the group twice during the trek at 10 miles and 17 miles into the challenge.
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 www.trainline.com 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.
You can leave your car in the public car park where we meet at 06:15 (opposite to the Crown Hotel) for the day. The route is circular and therefore you will complete the challenge at the same car park. Please ensure you have change (£5-£8) for the parking meter as it does not take notes or cards.
Keep up to date with the latest car park information here.
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)
There is also a campsite a couple of minutes walk away from the starting point at Holme Farm.
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
Please refer to section 9 of our Terms & Conditions for full details.
Any lost property can be collected from our HQ in Letchworth, Hertfordshire or we can post the belongings out to you. If posted, please note you will be charged P&P plus a £10 admin fee in advance of the items being delivered. Please refer to 6.5 in our Terms & Conditions.
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.