The Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside are among the best known hills in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Every year thousands come to reach the top of at least one, or to conquer all three by taking on the Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge.
With spectacular scenery and fantastic walking opportunities, this is a great place to spend a few days, staying in the area soaking up the scenery and walking all three peaks.
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.
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.
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.
Details of all these walks are on the Three Peaks App. With information about points of interest, accommodation and route maps, it’s a must for anyone visiting the area.
Walking all Three Peaks?
The classic walk – 24 miles, three peaks, and 12 hours to complete the circuit. This route description will help guide you. But go prepared with an Ordnance Survey map and know how to use it.
The Three Peaks walk is a really popular location for fundraising and challenge events and individuals. Don’t be part of an unpopular minority – help keep the Three Peaks special for all to enjoy by following the Yorkshire Three Peaks Code of Conduct – and help us spread the word by telling all your friends!
Why not use our Three Peaks App to help plan your visit? It’s full of information about points of interest, accommodation and route maps.
Organising a Yorkshire Three Peaks walk?
The number of organised walks puts pressure on the area, and can result in negative impacts on residents, rescue services, the environment, local amenities and other users.
Help keep the Three Peaks special for all to enjoy by ensuring your walk is well planned, respects the environment and supports the local community. Here’s how:
- Let us know about your walk with our free notification scheme and receive our free Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk Guidelines. These guidelines will ‘point you in the right direction’ about what you need to organise and consider to ensure your walk minimises its impact and supports the area.
- Circulate the Yorkshire Three Peaks Code of Conduct to your group. These simple messages show what every individual can do to help keep the Three Peaks special for all to enjoy. Pass them on to everyone in your group.
Groups who notify us of their walk will receive discount codes for our Yorkshire Three Peaks merchandise and an OS map.
Working with organisers of large-scale events to ensure they are well run, and provide benefits for local communities and businesses is one of the objectives agreed by the Authority and a wide range of local partner organisations in the National Park Management Plan 2019-24.
Give a little back to the Three Peaks
The area is so popular, our Three Peaks Project was set up to ensure the area is maintained and improved in the long term by generating a sustainable income to help pay for its management. You can help fund this work by:
- Making a donation to the Three Peaks.
- Becoming a Friend of the Three Peaks
- Buying a souvenir from our online shop
All money raised goes directly to looking after the rights of way in the area through our dedicated Three Peaks Ranger – whose job it is look after the paths in the Three Peaks.
You can also donate directly below (takes you to our external payment site).
Reached the top? Get a certificate!
More details on our Three Peaks certificates page.