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.
|Parking:||The walk starts from the pay and display car park in Horton in Ribblesdale (grid reference SD 807 726) about forty metres from the Pen-y-ghent Café.|
|Directions:||Nearest post code for Sat Nav: BD24 0HF - get directions here|
|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, Cafés, 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|
|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 café, 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|
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:
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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