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Best Time of Year: Year Round

Max alt:  736m

Dist:  39km

Min age:  16

Duration:  3

Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Trek Adventure

Another classic 3 peaks challenge but this time we stay in Yorkshire. This challenge takes in the peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent. You will cover approx 39km, including over 1700m of ascent, through the beautiful and wild Yorkshire Dales of Northern England.

Beginning from Horton in Ribblesdale, then taking in Pen Y Ghent, Whernside and finally Ingleborough, this is an unforgettable challenge.
Starting in Horton in Ribblesdale, the clock begins to tick. In order to successfully complete the challenge, you have 12 hours to return to Horton. Successful completion of this challenge will be an achievement to savour and reflect upon - but will also allow you entry into the ‘Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club’. The scenery here in the Yorkshire Dales is geologically unique, and will give you at least something to take your mind off those aching limbs. This is a special challenge - combining distance and hill climbing - all set in one of our most beautiful National Parks.



Day 1

20:00 Expected arrival Yorkshire. 

20:30 Dinner & Safety brief

21.45 Quick kit check

22.00 Sleep!

Day 2

06.00 Wake up

06:15 Light breakfast in bunkhouse and prep kit. 

06:45 Depart bunkhouse 

07:00 Start walk

19:00 Expected end of walk —although this is entirely dependent upon the team and their speed / strength. 

Day 3

09.00 Cooked breakfast in local pub

10.30 Return home


Route Map


You will be staying for 2 nights (before and after the event) in simple but comfortable bunkhouse accommodation. Importantly we shall be staying in close proximity to a local inn, where we shall be able to get evening meals and refreshments for those tired bodyparts! You will need to bring a sleeping bag, pillow & towel.


What is a Level 3.5 Trekking Challenge Like?

These challenges are either longer, higher, or span several days. In the case of single day events, you can expect up to 12 hours trekking. In the case of a multi day trek, you can expect lower daily durations - but of course - the effort is sustained over a longer period. You need to be keen on physical exercise for these events, and to enjoy taking exercise, and to do it regularly. Longer duration long haul treks are likely to be easier in terms of the physical walking, however, you will need to be more resilient - due to simple living conditions - ie using same clothes for several days, lack of washing facilities, simple food, and maybe camping - this forms an integral part of the challenge.


How Fit Do I need to be to join a Level 3.5 ‘Trek’?

You need to have good endurance for these events. You must be used to doing very long walks in the countryside - 7 hours + . You should be doing regular exercise - possibly with some running. Your running speed will be around 10-11 minute miling, and you should be able to run a minimum of 4 to five miles. If you do not run, you should be concentrating on other types of exercise - but for longer periods of time (i.e. sessions in excess of 1.5 hrs.) - these other forms of exercise should be at a moderate to high level.


Medical Issues

Please note, it is extremely important for this physical challenge that you are in good health. If you have any pre-existing medical conditions, please consider carefully whether you should be joining the challenge. Please ensure you fill in the booking form accurately and honestly, this is important. In the case of serious conditions (epilepsy, diabetes, heart conditions, recent illness or operations), please discuss the challenge with your GP. Please also ensure you notify us of any allergies or similar.

You should be used to walking reasonable distances each day to contemplate this trek. It requires stamina and good aerobic fitness - but good willpower will also come in handy! Failure to disclose medical conditions is a serious omission - that could have serious repercussions on any of our challenges.


Included In Trip

2 Nights accommodation, 2 breakfasts (1 light breakfast on saturday, 1 x cooked breakfast in local cafe), Guiding for the weekend, Backup vehicle or taxi to collect those unable to complete the challenge, Pre event Joining Pack


Excluded From Trip

Dinner on Friday and Saturday night. Lunch during trek.


Equipment Required

Suncream, blister repair kit, plasters, vaseline, painkillers, sunbloc

Pack towel (lifesystems recommended), soap (small bar)
shampoo (not a full size bottle!), toothbrush, toothpaste (small size)

Hill walking items
Sleeping bag or sleeping bag liner - please check whether you require a sleeping bag
Day sack (25-35 litre)
Rucksack liner(s) / plastic liner(s) 
Bladder system (highly recommended - or other water bottles e.g. exercise bottle/Nalgene bottle)
Walking poles (highly recommended)
Sun hat (wide brimmed), neck scarf
Lunches - you may wish to pre-pack lunches, but please check this with us
Snack foods - we recommend good slow burning items - nuts, dried fruit, cereal bars etc.

Warm clothing
Lightweight fleece, medium weight Fleece
Lightweight gloves, heavy gloves (mitten type recommended)
Fleece hat, balaclava

Trek Clothing
Long cotton trekking trousers, 1 pair tracksuit bottoms
Comfortable trekking shirts (long/short sleeved)
Walking boots (broken in with ankle protection)
Gaiters (appropriate to moor wilderness / moorland treks - please ask!)
Walking socks, liner Socks, underwear
1 change of casual evening wear

Outer Fully Waterproof Jacket (Gore-tex, E-vent) & Outer Waterproof Bottoms

Toilet roll / pack of travel tissues, spare lace, camera, film / memory card / spare battery

Wallet, credit cards, cash, sunglasses, spare comfortable shoes, penknife

Mobile phone (packed in a plastic bag deep inside your day pack!), emergency rations (energy foods - for the tough days on trek), head torch with spare batteries and bulb

Kit Hire

It is possible to hire equipment via our specialist kit hire providers Outdoor Hire Ltd. We have negotiated a 10% discount for all our mountain challengers.


Safety Information

You will be briefed by your leader, before and during the challenge - but key items to remember are as follows:

1. Wear appropriate clothing - including proper footwear with ankle support.

2. Ensure your waterproofs are in good condition

3. Listen to and follow instructions from your leader.

4. Remain within visual contact of your leader at all times

5. Remain well fed and watered throughout the event.

6. In case of poor weather we normally continue to pursue the challenge - unless we deem it unsafe. This usually would entail high winds or exceptionally high water levels that would render river crossings dangerous.



Yorkshire’s northern position means it is generally much cooler (and sometimes wetter!) than the south of England. Rapid and extreme changes in weather are quite normal in the hills. Be prepared—the weather could give you exposure or heat Stroke—both are possibilities!At this time of year the weather could go either way from warm temperatures to freezing cold – so be ready for anything – make sure you pack according to the list! Remember that layers are the key, allowing you to adjust your level of warmth more easily.We will almost certainly experience some rain during the weekend, so make sure you have suitable waterproof gear—both jacket and trousers.


Notes on Trekking Events

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Adventure Cafe Booking Terms and Conditions

By booking an event with Adventure Cafe, you agree to these standard terms of booking. Please ensure that you read the appropriate document for your type of event carefully.

Adventure Cafe Terms & Conditions - For all types of event

To Reserve Your Space on this Challenge

You should fill in the Google Form - linked here below, and then please call us on 01823 444 246 to advise of your payment method. We can accept card payments over the phone, or Bank Transfer. Please note that your space is not confirmed until you have received your booking receipt.

CLICK HERE: Adventure Cafe Challenge Booking Form - For Challenge Events



Guide price

£Price on application



This Challenge is for exclusive group departures – please call us for more information

Event Location

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Our Challengers Said...
I don’t think I would have completed the event without the encouragement of our leader!
Christine   19-May-2013