How Long is the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge?

How Long is the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge?

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a classic trekking challenge situated in the Yorkshire Dales. The aim is to summit Pen-y-ghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m) in less than 12 hours, although completing it in any time is an achievement in itself! 

The 25 mile route is circular, starting in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, and involves 1585m of ascent. Conquering the Yorkshire Three Peaks will leave you with a fantastic sense of achievement, as well as giving you the chance to explore the beautiful Yorkshire countryside!


Yorkshire Dales


The Route

Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Pen-y-ghent summit

Pen-y-ghent is probably the toughest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, but the quickest to complete. If you are aiming to complete the challenge in 12 hours, then this should take approximately 1 hour, 30 minutes. Expect steep sections and uneven surfaces, evening out towards the summit.

Pen-y-ghent summit to Whernside Summit

The next part of the trek is to reach the peak of Whernside. This section takes a lot longer, but is the easiest section of the challenge – with little incline. In order to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks in 12 hours, this section should take approximately 5 hours.

Whernside Summit to Ingleborough Summit

It’s time to reach the final summit! This section will feel tough – especially with tired legs, after conquering two peaks already. Based on the 12 hour challenge, this section should take just over 3 hours to complete. Reaching the peak of Ingleborough will leave you with a huge sense of achievement, knowing you have reached the summit of all three peaks. It’s now time to head back to the starting point, aiming to complete the challenge in under 12 hours.

Ingleborough Summit to Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Once you have reached the final trig point at Ingleborough, it’s all downhill until you reach your starting point at Horton-in-Ribblesdale. In order to complete the challenge in 12 hours, this final section should take approximately 2 hours 30 minutes. It’s then time to relax and celebrate your amazing accomplishment!


The rolling hills of the Yorkshire Dales


Our Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is led by qualified Global Adventure Challenges leaders and includes vehicles support for backup, as well as a comprehensive medical kit. Our challenge also includes a range of different accommodation options to suit everyone. The choice is yours –

Two Night Option (Friday and Saturday Nights)

Includes an evening meal on the Friday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.

One Night Option (Friday Night)

Includes an evening meal on the Friday as well as breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

One Night Option (Saturday Night)

Includes lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.

Day Only Option

Includes lunch on Saturday. 


A group of four taking part in The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge


Witness the breathtaking views of the Yorkshire Dales and take part in this classic trekking challenge for the charity of your choice! Take part individually or as part as a team – either way, you will be fully supported by our awesome event crew and come hope with friends and memories for life!

For more information on dates and costs head over to our Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge page.

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