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Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk
Part 1: Horton in Ribblesdale to Ribblehead

Video run time: 29 minutes 38 seconds


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The Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk is a very demanding but rewarding walk, which takes in the summits of Pen-y-ghent (694 metres - 2,276 feet), Whernside (736 metres - 2,415 feet) and Ingleborough (723 metres 2,372 feet) all in one circular route. There is no set starting point, but the vast majority of walkers start at Horton in Ribblesdale, taking in the summits in the order shown above. This first section as described here starts from Horton in Ribblesdale and heads via Brackenbottom up to pick up the Pennine Way and on over Pen-y-ghent. The route heads on close to Hunt and Hull Pots and then on the new section of path over Whitber Hill to rejoin the Pennine Way for a while, before passing High Birkwith and along the Ribble Way until Nether Lodge is reached. A track is then walked along up to Gauber Road (B6479), which is then followed for about one mile to reach the Ribblehead Viaduct. The Three Peaks Walk then follows parts 2 and 3 (see separate text) over Whernside and Ingleborough to arrive back at Horton in Ribblesdale. The route as described is the preferred route the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority would prefer you to walk, so that the majority of the walk is then on well maintained paths and helps prevent further erosion.

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Parking: The walk starts from the pay and display car park in Horton in Ribblesdale (grid reference SD 807 725) about forty metres from the Pen-y-ghent Cafe.
Directions: Google Maps: get directions here / What3words: harmless.outgrown.fake
Walk distance: 10.3 miles (16.5 Km)
Estimated walk time: 4 hours 20 mins
Height climbed: 640 metres
Grade: 3-C: A long walk that has rugged terrain and some steep climbs
Peaks / summits: Pen-y-ghent
Map: Ordnance Survey - Explorer OL2 (Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western Area)
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Walk features: Birds, Cafes, Flowers, Hills or Fells, Stream or River, Views, Waterfalls, Wildlife
Facilities / refreshments: 2 pubs and cafe in Horton in Ribblesdale. More pubs, cafes and tea-rooms in nearby Ingleton and Settle
Nearest town: Ingleton and Settle
Local accommodation: View accommodation close to the start of this walk from Sykes Holiday Cottages or from
Walk Tags: Three Peaks Walk, 3 Peaks walk, Pen-y-ghent, Pen-y-ghent, Pen-y-ghent walk, Pen-y-ghent walk, Whernside, Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, Video walk, Horton in Ribblesdale, Pen-y-ghent cafe, Ingleton, Settle, Hull Pot, Hunt Pot, Pennine Way, Brackenbottom, High Birkwith, God's Bridge, Nether Lodge, Lodge Hall, Gauber, Ribblehead Viaduct, Ribblehead, Ribble Way
Video run time: 29 minutes 38 seconds


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The Three Peaks Project

In 1987 the path network in the Three Peaks area was one of the most severely eroded in the UK, with some paths across the more fragile parts of the route having grown to 50m wide in places.

Since then, a great deal of effort and money has gone into improving of the network and helping the surrounding vegetation to recover. So far, about 27kms of public footpath and bridleway have been transformed, but the number of staff managing the rights of way in the Three Peaks has dwindled from 13 at the start of the original Manpower Services-supported project in 1987 to two.

This means that, despite the support of a team of Dales Volunteers, the National Park Authority is slowly but surely falling behind with maintenance. The knock-on effect is that some sections of path need major work doing to them far more frequently - perhaps as often as every five years - when a 10-year lifespan should have been expected. As well as the extra work, every additional project adds to the maintenance burden. Read more here on The Three Peaks Project.

So if you are walking the Three Peaks, or just generally walking in the Three Peaks area, please consider giving to The Three Peaks Project:

  • By donating through the donate now button below (100% of donations less the PayPal fee we are charged is passed on to The Three Peaks Project)
  • Buy any of our Three Peaks Video walks (full, part 1, part 2 or part 3) and 10% of all sales proceeds will be passed on to The Three Peaks Project
  • Join the Friends of The Three Peaks (an off-shoot of The Three Peaks Project)

If you are doing the walk for charity, please consider giving some of your donations to The Three Peaks Project - every £1, £5, £10 etc. that you can give greatly helps with the upkeep of the paths.

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Other download options available
for The Three Peaks Walk:

The Full Walk - Pen-y-ghent -> Whernside -> Ingleborough

Part 2: Ribblehead Viaduct to the Old Hill Inn via Whernside

Part 3: Old Hill Inn to Horton via Ingleborough

Downloads are available in different resolutions for your PC, SmartPhone and other mobile devices and are provided in mp4 format for maximum compapability with a wmv version also available. You also receive a PDF document with the walk details and an Ordnance Survey map extract that you can print out or view on your mobile device. Watch the video on your PC or burn to a CD or DVD to watch on your TV to see in detail the walk before you set off.

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