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Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk
Part 3: Old Hill Inn to Horton in Ribblesdale
 Video run time: 29 minutes 20 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 Three Peaks Walk first follows parts 1 and 2 (see separate text) from Horton in Ribblesdale over Pen-y-ghent to arrive at the Ribblehead viaduct and then on over Whernside to reach the Old Hill Inn. This third and final section as described here, starts from the Old Hill Inn and heads along the base of Southerscales Scar and across Humphrey Bottom to start the climb up to Ingleborough's summit. From there the walk retraces back across the summit plateau and then heads across Simon Fell Breast, down to Sulber and across the railway to arrive back in 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: This third part of the Three Peaks Walk starts from the Old Hill Inn on the B6255. There is some limited parking nearby in roadside lay-bys for support vehicles (grid reference SD 744 777)
Directions: Nearest post code for Sat Nav: LA6 3FH - get directions here
Walk distance: 7.3 miles (11.7 Km)
Estimated walk time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Height climbed: 470 metres
Grade: 2-C: A medium length walk that has rugged terrain and some steep climbs
Peaks / summits: Ingleborough
Wainwrights: None
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, Ingleborough, Ingleborough walk, Pen-y-ghent, Pen-y-ghent, Video walk, 3 peaks video walk, Whernside, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, Video walk, Chapel-le-dale, Old Hill Inn, Southerscales Scars, Braithwaite Wife Hole, Humphrey Bottom, Ingleborough Fort, Simon Fell Breast, Shooting Hut, Sulber Pot, Sulber, Sulber Nick, Horton in Ribblesdale, Pen-y-ghent cafe
Video run time: 29 minutes 20 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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for The Three Peaks Walk:

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

Part 1: Horton to the Ribblehead Viaduct via Pen-y-ghent

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

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Nearby accommodation
Beechtree Cottages: New Road, Ingleton, North Yorkshire. LA6 3HN
Tel: 015242 41828 - Email: beechtreecottage@aol.com
4.7m/7.5km away from start of walk
The New Inn: Clapham Village, Via Settle, North Yorkshire. LA2 8HH
Tel: 01524 251203 - Fax: 01524 251824 - Email: info@newinn-clapham.co.uk
5.4m/8.7km away from start of walk
All distances are approximate and as the crow flies


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