Tackle the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Do it for charity, team building or just to tick it off your bucket list!

The 3 Peaks Challenge in Yorkshire  is one of the nation’s favourite long distance walks. The 3 Peaks Challenge crosses three of the highest peaks in Yorkshire in a continuous 24-mile loop. The peaks are:

  • Great Whernside 736m
  • Ingleborough 723m
  • Pen-y-Ghent 694m

There’s 5,200 feet of ascent in total – that’s just about a mile upwards! The classic challenge is to complete it within 12 hours – let’s go! Nothing beats the sense of achievement after you complete your three peaks walk, and you’re guaranteed fantastic Yorkshire views along the way.

What’s the itinerary?

After a kit check and introduction, we start walking from Horton-in Ribblesdale at around 7.30am. We will head straight up Pen-y-Ghent, one of Yorkshire’s most iconic silhouettes, before descending moorland to Ribblehead. After passing directly alongside the iconic Ribblehead viaduct (perhaps via the snack van!) we then follow the Settle-Carlisle railway line for a while before diverting off to Yorkshire’s highest point, Great Whernside, at 736m above sea level. From here we have fantastic views of our third and final peak, Ingleborough. We drop back down to valley level where a special walker’s cafe is available.

If any group member wishes to withdraw from the challenge at any time, they can. Your guide will also be carrying all the necessary safety equipment.

It’s a short sharp climb onto Ingleborough’s ‘hill fort’ summit for some of the best 360-degree views in the country. We then begin the steady descent down back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale where the cafe and pubs await our weary but satisfied bones! All in all, the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge is 24 miles (39km) long with 5200 feet (1600m) of ascent and descent.


There are pubs and public transport from both valley stops in between peaks back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

There is a range of accommodation in the Horton-in-Ribblesdale area and it is served by the Settle-Carlisle Railway with regular departures direct from Leeds.

Please read our Terms and Conditions Prior to Booking

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge FAQs

How much does it cost?
This is a full day and the challenge can take between 8 and 14 hours to complete.

As this challenge takes place away from our site at How Stean we require a minimum booking of £240 for the first 2 people then £45pp there after.

What‘s included?

  • Briefing
  • Guidance across 3 of the Highest Peaks in Yorkshire
  • A Friendly, Professional, Highly Qualified Guide
  • All Safety Equipment

How fit do I need to be?
You will need a medium fitness level to participate in this activity, as the challenge takes about 12 hours to complete across rough and even terrain going up and down steep hill sides.

Why choose How Stean Gorge?
You will be safely cared for by our professional experienced Mountain Leaders who have an extensive knowledge of the local terrain and area.

Can I take the whole family?
Of course! As long as each family member has the capability to endure the challenge. This is an ideal choice for a Corporate Event, Stag Do or Hen Party with a difference.

What is the minimum number of people I can book?
There is no minimum number for this activity.

Where do we meet?
We meet at the public car park in Horton-in-Ribblesdale at 7am. This allows for time before we start to complete medical forms.

Please complete you consent form before arrival by clicking the ‘View Required Documents’ tab on your booking invoice, this will allow you to complete the forms online.

Completing before hand will mean we can get straight out on activities without delay.

If you are organising a group booking you are able to send a consent form directly to all participants via email or by copying your unique link by clicking the ‘share’ tab. The group organiser can share this link on any social media platform Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, Viber etc

What do I need to bring?

To complete the challenge of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, it is vital that you have suitable footwear, adequate clothing for the day’s prevailing conditions and waterproofs.

You also need sufficient food and drink for an energetic 12+ hour day. A full kit list will be sent prior to your day/event.

If you’re looking for a challenge – perhaps to raise funds for a special charity – the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is the walk for you. Stan Beer

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