Join Team Katharine House and The Different Travel Company to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a circular walk that involves reaching the summit of three peaks in the Yorkshire Dales, in fewer than 12 hours.

The challenge route is approximately 24 miles (38.4km) and includes a total ascent of approximately 1500m (5000ft). This is almost the equivalent of marathon distance but with lots of steep ascents and descents added in.

The walk must be completed within 12 hours to officially complete the ‘challenge’, but you can take a slower pace, however the tough Yorkshire Three Peaks trek is very achievable within 12 hours for fit and prepared walkers.

The Three Peaks

Whernside (the highest peak in the Dales) at 736m (2415ft) This is the Yorkshire Dales highest mountain. It's a gigantic whale-back ridge with none of the dramatic cliffs that the other two peaks have. The views from Whernside are superb. Looking back across the Dales, you see Ingleborough clearly with Pen-y-Ghent away in the distance. Right down below you is the Ribblehead Viaduct. If you look to the west, you can see right out to the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.

Ingleborough at 724m (2375ft) Ingleborough is the second highest peak in the Dales. It is a more complex mountain, with several ridges and valleys and a variety of routes to the top. It has a graceful and majestic shape with a huge flat top. This plateau was once an Iron Age defended hill-top fort. On the slopes below, and just visible from the Three Peaks route, is the spot where the entrance to Gaping Gill is located. This is a vertical shaft into a deep cave system, where England’s tallest unbroken waterfall can be found underground.

Pen-y-Ghent 694m (2277ft) Pen-y-Ghent is the smallest of the three peaks and although it is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, it isn’t one of the highest three in Yorkshire. It’s actually only the 9th! The challenge isn’t to climb the three highest peaks, because this would actually entail a walk to Great Shunner Fell, a further 20km or so to the north! Pen-y-Ghent may be the smallest of the three, but many people view it as their favourite. Its steep sides give the impression of an impregnable castle, where the cap of gritstone cliffs sits on top of the limestone base.

The trek details

Challenge level: Moderate to Challenging

Trek dates: 17-19 September

Cost: £325. There is a registration fee of £95 payable by each person at the time of booking. You are then committing to one of the following options.

  • Fundraising option: fundraise £460 by 25 June 2021 for Katharine House. This includes your £230 tour costs and a £230 donation to charity.
  • Self-funded option: pay your own tour costs balance of £230 by 25 June 2021. If you select this option, you are welcome to fundraise separately for Katharine House, but this is not mandatory. Any fundraising undertaken cannot be used for your trip costs.

What's included in the costs

  • Transfers between accommodation and walk start/finish points
  • 2 nights pitch at the campsite
  • 2 breakfasts
  • 1 packed lunch
  • 2 evening meals
  • UK walking guide guides
  • UK Different Travel tour manager

What's not included in the costs

  • Tent and camping equipment
  • Sleeping bag or mat
  • Personal expenses (eg for extra drinks or snacks in the campsite)
  • Transport to/from the event
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance

To book

Please first register your interest for this event with us. Once you have done this, you will receive an email with a link to the company running the event. You should use this link to book your place directly with the company. 

Once you've booked your place, please let us know.

Keeping you safe

Your health and safety is the Different Travel Company’s top priority, so rest assured that they are taking steps to ensure you not only have a memorable experience, but a safe one too. Appropriate government guidelines for COVID-19 at the time of the trek will be adhered to and the measures that Different Travel are putting in place will be available nearer the date.

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