10 things you need to know about the Yorkshire Three Peaks

It's boggy, it's beautiful and it's bound to be memorable.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks is a challenge that I recommend to anyone and everyone who'll listen (I am biased as I grew up 3 miles from the start line). Nestled in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, this 24.5 mile route takes in the peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, crosses wild moorland and allows you to experience an incredible part of the UK.

It's a great mini adventure, you'll get sweaty and if you avoid summer Saturdays you'll feel a million miles from anywhere.

And here are 10 things you need to know about the Yorkshire Three Peaks...

1. It's one of the best one-day hikes in the UK

The Yorkshire Three Peaks has to be one of the best one-day challenges in the UK. You’ll trek over varied terrain, encounter spectacular views in all directions and even encounter a little bit of scrambling.

The energy sapping climbs and dramatic descents are certainly worth the effort. The scenery is spectacular, the geology fascinating and the personal challenge is definitely rewarding and will most likely leave you with a taste for more.

2. You can take it on any time of the year

It’s possible to take on this challenge at any time of the year although we’d recommend planning your trip between May and October to maximise the number of daylight hours.

3. It's a spectacular circular loop

The circular route is 24.5 miles (39km) long and takes in the three highest peaks in Yorkshire. There's approximately 5300ft (1600m) of climb and the highest peak, Whernside, stands at 2415ft (736m).

4. It's strenuous but very achievable

This is a strenuous trek and shouldn’t be underestimated but it is achievable for anyone with a decent base level of fitness and the right level of preparation. If you want help with training, preparation or kit selection let us know.

Ideal for those looking for their first taste of long-distance hiking or those looking for a physical challenge in a beautiful part of the UK.

5. You can walk the route in either direction

The traditional way to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks circuit is to hike anti-clockwise, starting and ending in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. But it's also possible to take on the challenge in reverse.

The route is sign posted in places and the trails are generally clear but do not rely on the signs alone. Read our full guide for route directions and the map needed.

6. You can race the route (if you really want to)

There's an annual race and if you’re looking to run in the official Three Peaks Race, which takes place in April, you’ll need to qualify to take part.

7. It's great for small groups

This is the ideal trip for a small group to have a great mini adventure in a beautiful part of the world. There are plenty of good accommodation options in the surrounding areas and of course some great Yorkshire pubs to recover in after a long day in the hills.

8. You'll pass the truly impressive Ribblehead Viaduct

You'll trek past the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct, which is 400m long, comprises 24 stone arches and was built by more than 2000 men.

9. Expect to be hiking for between 8-14 hours

This of course will depend on your fitness level and hiking experience. Make sure you take enough water and food to keep you going.

10. The current record for the fastest completion of the route is...quick

The fastest completion of the challenge currently stands at 2 hours 46 minutes (Andy Peace of Bingley Harriers). The women's record stands at 3 hours 9 minutes (Victoria Wilkinson).

If you're heading to take on the Yorkshire Three Peaks enjoy it. It's a great part of the world and a very rewarding hike.

Get in touch if you'd like any information about routes, kit or training.

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