Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge

Saturday 25th March 2017

Registration Fee = £50

Minimum Fundraising Target = £100

Join us in conquering the Yorkshire Three Peaks!!!! If you like a challenge, we dare you to join us and help raise money to help Inspire, Engage and Educate your local community.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m), usually in this order, and in under 12 hours. These peaks form part of the Pennine range, and encircle the head of the valley of the River Ribble, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Distance: 39km (24 miles)
Parking: Horton car park (BD24 0HF, SD 807 724)
Other transport: Horton train station on the Settle to Carlisle line is close to the start Toilets: Horton car park
Refreshments: pubs and café in Horton, Station Inn at Ribblehead and the Old Hill Inn in Chapel-le-dale

Route description

  1. Walk south out of the village passing the Golden Lion pub and church and cross a small stream. Then turn left up a minor tarmac road. Follow this up towards Brackenbottom and just before reaching some buildings take a footpath on your left signed to Pen-y-ghent.
  2. Climb steadily up through fields with Pen-y-ghent ahead of you. The final section of the route to the summit is steeper for a while before reaching the trig point and shelter.
  3. Cross the wall at the summit and follow the clear path heading roughly north. This zig zags down, passing the gash of Hunt Pot, to reach the head of a walled lane.
  4. Carry straight onto follow the new path over Whitber Hill to reach a clear track. Turn right and follow this for 1.5km (1 mile) and then take the path on the left towards Birkwith cave. This emerges onto a rough tarmac track, turn left and then right onto an unsurfaced track towards Nether Lodge.
  5. After Nether Lodge follow the long access track up to the B6479. Turn right and follow this to Ribblehead – the road can be busy and you need to take care.
  6. From the road take one of the paths that head towards Ribblehead viaduct. Keep the viaduct on your left and follow an obvious path which runs alongside the railway.
  7. After 2.5km (1.5 miles) the path crosses over the railway besides an aqueduct. The path now starts to climb towards Grain Head. Leave this path by taking the signed route to the left which climbs slowly on to the ridge, which is then followed up to the summit.
  8. To descend continue to follow the ridge path south wards for 1.5km(1mile) and then turn left on the signed path down to Bruntscar. Follow the lane towards the valley to reach the B6255. Turn left, go past the Old Hill Inn, and then right on to a level grassy path. Take care as this road can be busy and traffic fast moving.
  9. This goes through a number of fields and then through an area of limestone pavement and past the shake hole known as Braithwaite Wife Hole. The obvious path continues towards Ingleborough climbing gently at first and then steeply to reach the summit plateau.
  10. In poor weather it is easy to leave the plateau in the wrong direction. If needed from the trig point use a bearing of 070’ until the ground starts to steepen, then follow a bearing of 100’.
  11. From the summit plateau follow the path east heading towards Horton-in-Ribblesdale. This drops slowly towards the valley. Continue past a ruined cottage and keep on the main path. This crosses another major path and continues along the obvious feature of Sulber Nick – a small straight valley. There are then only a few fields to go before the path reaches Horton train station with the car park – and pub – a short distance further on.

If you think you are up to the challenge or want any more information, please contact Simon Cooper on simon.cooper@burtonalbionct.org

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