The Yorkshire Three Peaks In Winter

29th January 2022


The Yorkshire Three Peaks in Winter


Yorkshire Dales National Park

Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside & Ingleborough

Saturday 29th January 2022


The Yorkshire Three Peaks have become a phenomenon 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 in winter. We may even get some spectacular sunrises/sunsets (weather dependent). 

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


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 subsidiary 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 its 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 its steep south face. 

Meeting Point:

07:00 at the main car park in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. 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 and Pen-y-Ghent. If it is icy we will not take the traditional routes up. There is no guarantee we will complete this in 12 hours or at all but we'll go as far as we can!

Cost: The guided day costs only £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 3.



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