The Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside are the best known hills in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Every year lots of people reach the top of at least one of the fells, and many conquer all three summits.
Get to the top - Three Peaks walks
- The Three Peaks - take in all three summits in one go
The classic challenge walk - 24 miles, three peaks, 12 hours to complete the circuit. This route description will help guide you. But you must go prepared with an Ordnance Survey map and know how to use it.
- Ingleborough walk
A route to the summit of Ingleborough from Clapham taking in some fantastic limestone scenery - the caves of Ingleborough, Gaping Gill and the impressive Trow Gill.
- Pen-y-ghent walk
Many people's first peak. A classic circuit from Horton-in-Ribblesdale with good paths, great scenery and the impressive Hunt and Hull Pots on the way down.
- Whernside walk
Starting from the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct this route takes you to the highest point in Yorkshire - Whernside. On a clear day there are great views out to the Howgills, the Lake District and Morecambe Bay.
Hats the way to do it for Yorkshire’s Three Peaks
Walkers are being challenged to reach the peak of silliness by climbing Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside or Ingleborough wearing an off-the-wall hat.
The gauntlet has been thrown down by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) to raise funds for vital path maintenance around the Three Peaks.
Steve Hastie, the Authority’s Three Peaks Project Manager said: “To take part, all you need to do is to donate £5 to the project, take a ‘selfie’ at the top in your hat – the sillier the better – share it on the National Park Authority’s Twitter or Facebook pages using #sillyhatselfie and challenge three friends to do the same.
“There are many circular walking routes in the Three Peaks area to choose from and this page features three – one for each peak – to help get you on your way. There is a six-mile loop taking in Pen-y-Ghent, a 7.5-mile circuit past Ribblehead Viaduct to the top of Whernside and a nine miler that includes the summit of Ingleborough.”
Try a walk around Ribblehead
Looking for something a bit gentler? Here are some great short walks which explore the Ribblehead area and its history:
Ribblehead Triangle Walk 1: Ribblehead Quarry and Gauber Farmstead Length: 1.5 km/1 mile – Time without stops: 1 hours – Height gain: 20m /66 feet
Ribblehead Triangle Walk 2: Southerscales Limestone Pavement Length: 3 km/under 2 miles – Time without stops: 1.5 hours – Height gain: 40m /120 feet
Ribblehead Triangle Walk 3: The Ribblehead Viaduct and the Navvies Length: 1.6 km/1 mile – Time without stops: 45 mins. – Height gain: zero
Be a responsible Three Peaker
- Make your visit as sustainable as possible. Use public transport and support local businesses. Stay local, shop local.
- Use established paths and tracks to minimise damage to fragile habitats. Stay on paths, don't stray off them to avoid a puddle or bit of mud. Otherwise you risk damaging the undergrowth next to the path.
Reached the top? Print a certificate!
More details on our Three Peaks certificates page.
The Three Peaks Project
The Challenge is so popular, we need to employ an extra Ranger to maintain the Three Peaks paths. The Three Peaks Project funds this work, and you can help! Buy the Three Peaks app to help plan your trip, buy a celebratory T-shirt online, become a Friend of the Three Peaks or simply donate to the Three Peaks. All of the money raised goes directly into maintaining the footpaths.
Organising a fund-raising event? Could you join charities such as the NSPCC by donating £1 per participant to the Three Peaks Project?