Three Peaks Challenge
The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge has become very popular in recent years, leading to new way markers, new paths and even one stretch being re-routed to avoid any further damage to a section that was very boggy. There is now even a Three Peaks App with 'everything you need to know to help you plan and achieve your walk' http://www.yorkshiredales.org.uk/threepeaks/3peaksapp , though I must add their advice:
"Please remember that this app is designed to help you plan your trip and be a companion when you arrive. It should NEVER be used as a substitute for a map and compass when you are out in the mountains. Please don’t embarrass yourself (or us) by having to call out the Fell Rescue just because your phone battery died!"
Yorkshire Three Peaks
Blasting around the Three Peaks, heads down and watching the clock is not really my thing. I prefer a more gentle approach - stopping at times to take in the views, see something amazing (like Britains largest natural pothole!) along the way or learn a little history, especially at the Ribblehead Viaduct. My guided Three Peaks walks offer hot drinks, freshly baked scones and water top-ups from a support vehicle, and there is also the option to get some tuition in map reading or compass work, especially if the fog is down on top of Ingleborough, giving you the chance to try out the important skill of walking on a compass bearing to find the summit trig point! Above all, you will have peace of mind that you're with a local guide carrying all the essential skills and safety equipment to take care of you on the hill. And all of this is still achievable in under 12 hours if that is your aim.
Enjoy the easy scramble to the top and seeing Britain’s biggest natural pothole on the way down.
10 km / 6 miles - 3.5-4 hours
The highest of the three peaks, with spectacular views of the Ribblehead viaduct and stories of how this amazing feat of engineering was built in the harshest of conditions imaginable. You may even time it right to see a steam train chuffing across!
13 km / 8 miles - 3.5 – 4 hours
So many beautiful routes to choose from, and if the fog is on the summit plateau, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your compass skills freshened up!
16km / 10 miles - 5-6 hours
Booking essential. I can advise you on kit and be happy to meet with you the evening before the big day to answer any questions and look at the map with you. Don't hesitate to ask for help choosing accommodation or see my links page for some places I recommend.