One of the toughest days out in the UK. Starting in Horton in Ribblesdale (usually!) in the limestone heart of the Yorkshire Dales the day comprises of ascending the three highest peaks in Yorkshire of Pen-y-ghent at 694m, Whernside 736m and Ingleborough 724m and of course walking between them. This is a route of 24 miles or just under 40km if you prefer! The exact start can be amended to suit itinerary as the route is circular.
This is a long day – even at a brisk walking pace -however once you factor in the 5000ft/1600m of ascent, the notion of “brisk pace” becomes less clear!
Before undertaking this challenge, which can be completed at most times of the year, but is clearly a serious undertaking in winter when a significant part of the challenge will be walked in the dark and quite possibly in the snow, consideration must be given to your own fitness. Although the annual “Three Peaks Race” will take top runners sub three hours and the bulk of the field less than six hours to complete, as a walk somewhere between ten and twelve hours is typical.
The “Y3P” walk has become a ‘challenge event’ popular with fundraisers and those seeking to test their limits. This walk will certainly do that!
Having said all that, its one of my favorite days out, especially over a long summer day when a pint of ice cold lemonade and bag of peanuts from the Old Hill Inn on route is the perfect pick me up at the two thirds done point.