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Inuagaral Hike 23

Yorkshire Three Peaks Challange - 1 Ingleborough 2 Pen-y-Gent 3 Whernside

May 5th, 6th, 7th 2023

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks 12 Hour Challenge

Are you up for a challenge? How about the 12-hour Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge starting at Horton in Ribblesdale Ingleborough? This demanding 38.6-kilometre hike across the three highest peaks in Yorkshire is not for the faint-hearted, but if you’re ready for an adventure, then let’s get started!

The challenge begins at Ingleborough, the second-highest (hardest, although the last will be our hardest!) peak of the three at 723 metres. The first climb is steep, and the final section is a scramble up rocks, but the sense of accomplishment when you reach the top is immense. From there, the trail leads to Pen-y-Gent, a mere 694m.

The final peak is Whernside, which is the highest peak in Yorkshire standing at 736 metres. The climb is longer and the views from Whernside are incredible, which will include our campsite/finish line.

Completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in 12 hours is no easy feat, but it’s an incredible accomplishment. It takes determination, stamina, and a bit of luck with the weather! But if you’re up for the challenge, then gather your team, pack your backpack, and get ready to set off on an unforgettable adventure.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is not just about the hike, though. It’s also about the journey, the camaraderie, and the sense of achievement at the end. So, take your time, enjoy the scenery, and don’t forget to take plenty of pictures. And who knows, maybe you’ll be one of the lucky few who completes the challenge in under 12 hours!

5 Painful Facts

  1. The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is a 24.5 mile (39.2 km) circular route that includes climbing the three highest peaks in Yorkshire: Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m), and Ingleborough (723m).
  2. The route involves a total ascent of around 1,585m (5,200ft) and can take between 8 and 12 hours to complete.
  3. Endurance – 3000 to 4000 Kcals (slimming!)
  4. 45,000 to 50,000 Steps
  5. One for Pooley – The fastest known time for completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is currently held by professional ultrarunner, Kim Collison. In June 2018, Collison completed the challenge in a record-breaking time of 2 hours, 29 minutes, and 46 seconds

History (according to chat GPT)

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is a hiking challenge that involves climbing the three highest peaks in the Yorkshire Dales National Park: Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough. The challenge has a long history, dating back to at least the early 20th century.

The peaks themselves have long been popular with walkers and climbers, with Ingleborough in particular being a popular destination for Victorian-era hikers. The idea of combining the three peaks into a single challenge appears to have originated in the 1930s, when local walking clubs began organizing events to walk all three peaks in a single day.

The challenge gained wider popularity in the 1970s, when a local charity, the Horton-in-Ribblesdale Primary School Parent-Teacher Association, began organizing an annual sponsored walk to raise funds for the school. The walk became known as the “Three Peaks Challenge”, and over the years it grew in popularity and became a well-established event in the Yorkshire Dales calendar.

Today, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is a popular challenge for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts, with thousands of people attempting the challenge every year. It’s a demanding challenge that requires a high level of fitness and endurance, but the stunning views and sense of achievement make it a rewarding experience for those who complete it.

Our Route

Approximate Timings

Key Points

Start Time: 0700 from Philpin Farm 6th of May

Ingleborough Climb

0745 - 2 miles in we start our first acent

Peak one - Ingleborough

0915 Reach the Summit of Ingleborough (approx 1/1.5hr Climb)


5mile - Decent of Ingleborough to Pen-y-Gent. 1.5Hrs approx

Pen-y-Gent Climb

1045 - 9miles completed Pen-y-Gent climb

Pen-y-Gent Peak

1.25hr Climb to the peak - Approx 1200

Pen-y-Gent to Whernside

To the base of Whernside, 9 miles, via Ribble Viaduct inc stop. 3hrs (3pm)

Whrenside Peak - THE FINAL PEAK

1.5hrs climb to the peak 22miles done. 1630

Home Straight

2 Mile decent all the way back to Philpin Farm (1Hr)

The End

Finish Approx: 10.5Hr 1730ish Beer & double Fish & Chips from Ingleton chippy (Via Car!)
Total distance: 24.17 mi
Max elevation: 774 m
Min elevation: 282 m
Total climbing: 1505 m
Total descent: -1505 m
Total time: 10:44:41



Philpin Farm

Chapel le Dale, Ingleton, North Yorkshire, England, LA6 3AR
Cost Total £99


2 Cars Max, Gravel Carpark
BBQs are OK; no FIRES


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Room for 4+1

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