The Yorkshire Three Peaks In Winter

16-17th January 2021


The Yorkshire Three Peaks in Winter


Yorkshire Dales National Park

Ingleborough & Whernside - Saturday 16th January 2021

Pen-y-Ghent - Sunday 17th January 2021


Kick the new year off in style with a winter walk up Great Shunner Fell! The third highest summit in the Lake District National Park!

The Yorkshire Three Peaks have become a phenomenom as a near marathon fell challenge. Each year thousands aim to complete the three summits of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in 12 hours or under - over a distance of 37.8 km / 23.5 Miles, with an ascent of  1450 m / 4757 ft.


Some of the steeper sections can become congested as a result in peak times! However, we're going to take in these three magnificent hills over two separate days due to the lack of daylight. We may even get some spectacular sunrises/sunsets (weather dependent). The big day (Ingleborough and Whernside) we'll begin and end from Ribblehead. On the second day we'll tackle Pen-y-Ghent and start from Horton-in-Ribblesdale.

Heading out to the hills in winter can be hard work but incredibly rewarding. It can be a truly wild experience!

If folks want to do the peaks in a day in winter - then get in touch about arranging this separately.


Whernside is the highest hill in the Yorkshire Dales National Park at 736 m (2,415 ft). However we will be starting at nearly 300m at the car park (so cheating a bit). It is a long whaleback hill running north east to south west and along the ridge is the boundary line between the counties of North Yorkshire and Cumbria. From the summit on a good day there are spectacular views across to Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent as well as the famous Ribblehead Viaduct and even across to Lancaster, Blackpool and the Cambrian Hills of the Lake District.

Ingleborough at 723 m (2,372 ft) is the second highest hill in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. However we'll be starting at the same place as with Whernside so already at nearly 300m. It is a perhaps the crown jewel of the Yorkshire Three Peaks - a hill long associated with caves and potholing and has two subsidury tops of Park Fell and Simon Fell. The summit can often catch people out even on a good summer's day as it's flat and about a mile in circumference. There are paths going off everywhere and it can be challenging to find the right one back - especially for those who are already tired from having completed the other two peaks on the challenge. Ingleborough can also have it's own weather system on the top. However this spectacular hill also commands spectacular views around the region. Once a Celtic hill fort there are traces of circular huts still visible in summer.

Pen-y-Ghent at 694 m (2,277 ft) is the smallest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, but it's usually the one people start with and are faced with a brutal slog up it's steep south face. 

Meeting Point:

08:00 at Ribblehead car park for Ingleborough and Whernside. To view the start point on Google Maps, please click here. This will open in a separate tab.

08:00 at the main car park in Horton-in-Ribblesdale for Pen-y-Ghent. To view the start point on Google Maps, please click here.


Difficulty: There are good paths around the whole area. However, given the time of year these could be icy and there could be snow on the summits. A good level of fitness plus some warm clothes and a fully charged head torch will be essential. Please note that it must be a head torch - phone torches and handheld torches are not suitable. Sturdy leather walking boots will be fine. If crampons are needed I will bring along sets for everyone. You are welcome to bring your own if you have them. Walking poles are strongly recommended.

The descent from Whernside is steep as is the ascent up to Ingleborough. If it is icy we will not take the traditional route up Pen-y-Ghent but a more leisurely approach and descent.

Cost: The day costs only £85 per person (with discounts for bulk booking) or £50 just for one of the days. Under 18s and dogs are welcome so long as they are accompanied by their parent/guardian. 

Numbers: I can take a maximum of 8 (excluding dogs!) and a minimum of 2.


Guided Trips - Frequently asked questions

Is this suitable for me?

The walk will be suitable for anyone with some hill walking experience and fitness. They are social days out above anything else and we go as far as people want to and conditions allow. If you are unfamiliar with walking in the hills in winter these will introduce you to why mountain guides absolutely live for winter! It isn't an army march. I will always try and accommodate everyone but if unsure please drop me an email.

What do I need to bring?

You will need basic walking clothes (not cotton or jeans!), some extra layers, waterproofs, hat and gloves. Plus some water or a thermos of tea/coffee/hot ribena! You can see the recommended kit list here This is just a day walk and winter mountaineering equipment isn't likely to be needed. If there is snow at the top it may just add to the enjoyment! If crampons are needed then I will provide these but would will need a headtorch and sturdy leather walking boots. Walking poles are recommended.

I'm coming from further afield, where can I stay nearby?

This is up to you depending on your budget. It may be difficult given Covid and the time of year. However there is accommodation in Settle and Horton-in-Ribblesdale and nearby Ingleton.

What's not included?

Accommodation (if applicable), Food, Personal Insurance, Personal equipment, Transport

How much is the trip and how do I book?

The trip costs just £85 per person or £50 for just one of the days. To book please see below. Please ensure you have read the Terms and Conditions.

What are the Terms & Conditions?

Please see the Terms and Conditions section by clicking the link. You can also see the Disclaimer and Privacy Policy.

I've got some more general questions...

Please see the General FAQ section by clicking the link here. If you've still got questions then please get in touch!

How do I get there?

There is good parking both at Horton and Ribblehead. The roads are gritted but it can be icy so care is needed. Alternatively there are regular trains from Carlisle/Penrith and Settle/Skipton/Leeds.



If you want to chat to me about the event then please feel free to do so - email is a good start as I'm often out and about with limited phone reception.
If you don't like the idea of the online booking or would prefer to pay a 10% deposit for now, that's fine as I can simply raise an invoice. Please note that this has an additional £5 non-refundable administration fee.
Or simply click 'Book Now' and follow the instructions. You'll get an automated confirmation reply but I'll follow that up when I get back to civilisation to say thanks and with more detail about the event.
Please ensure you've read the Terms and Conditions and you are aware of what you need to bring by downloading the gear list.
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