44. Yorkshire Three Peaks
Meeting Point: Car Park, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, BH24 0HE
If you’re ready for a real challenge, then join this Big Smile walk- but make sure you’ve prepared.
Beginning and ending in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, the Yorkshire Three Peaks is undoubtedly the longest and most challenging single stage of all the walks. Boasting 25 miles of undulating dales, the walk begins by heading towards the first peak of Pen-Y-Ghent.
From here, we march on to Whernside, with views of the distinctive Ribblehead viaduct. Rising above the Carlisle to Settle railway track, we reach the summit of Whernside before continuing on to the third and final peak of Ingleborough.
At 723 metres, this marks the highest point of the walk. With the climbing largely behind us, we are ready to head back towards Horton and a well-earned rest.
This is a demanding stage, and anyone wishing to do it should ideally build up their walking fitness prior to the walk. When you factor in the unpredictable weather, the Yorkshire Three Peaks is a formidable challenge.
Distance: 39.6 km (24.61 miles)
Difficulty Rating: ★★★★★