Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk
Part 2: Ribblehead to the Old Hill Inn
Video run time: 20 minutes 50 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. The walk follows on from part 1 of the Three Peaks Walk (see separate text) which goes over Pen-y-ghent to arrive at the Ribblehead Viaduct. This second section as described here starts from the Ribblehead Viaduct and heads alongside the railway for just under two miles, before heading up Grain Ings and then across the stone flags to pull in alongside a wall that is then followed to Whernside's summit. The walk then continues by the wall, before dropping down to Bruntscar and along Philpin Lane to reach the B6255 about 50 yards from the Old Hill Inn. The Three Peaks Walk then follows part 3 (see separate text) over 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 on well maintained paths and helps prevent further erosion.
|Parking:||The second part of the Three Peaks Walk starts from the T-junction close to the Ribblehead viaduct. There is parking nearby for support vehicles (grid reference SD 765 792).|
|Directions:||Nearest post code for Sat Nav: LA6 3JF - get directions here|
|Walk distance:||6.9 miles (11.1 Km)|
|Estimated walk time:||3 hours 10 mins|
|Height climbed:||470 metres|
|Grade:||2-C: A medium length walk that has rugged terrain and some steep climbs|
|Peaks / summits:||Whernside|
|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, Whernside, Whernside walk, Pen-y-ghent, Pen-y-ghent, Video walk, 3 peaks video walk, Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, Video walk, Ribblehead Viaduct, Station Inn, Bleamoor, Bleamoor sidings, Force Gill, Force Gill Waterfall, Grain Ings, Greensett Moss, Greensett Tarn, Bruntscar, Philpin, Old Hill Inn, Chapel-le-dale|
|Video run time:||20 minutes 50 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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