Three Peaks (Yorkshire)

Three Peaks (Yorkshire)

Distance: ~25 miles

Ascent: ~5,100 feet

Time: 9am until 3:30pm inclusive of breaks at summits and stops for navigation

With: Paul S (from

Conditions: Pleasant for March but cold on Ingleborough

Kit: 25 litre rucksack with Geko GPS; First Aid Kit; OL map and Garmin 205 (wrist) plus Montane windshirt and windpants (not worn).

Food: Pack of Jaffa Cakes

Drink: 1 litre of Luzocade Sport and 1.5 litres of Water

Route: Horton-Pen-y-ghent-Whernside-Ingleborough-Horton

Why? Why not? Cos' its there? Part of training for the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May I had an idea it would be a beneficial to build my endurance by tackling the (Yorkshire) Three Peaks. The plan was to walk the seriously steep bits but run the flat-ish bits and also the descents. To be honest once the legs have over 10 miles it was more like walk all ascents. However the descent from Whernside was truly brilliant. I'm fairly sure that from the top of Whernside to Chapel-le-Dale was achieved in less than twenty-five minutes. The weather was very kind and got away with wearing Nike Pegasus running shoes. Navigation wise the only challenge is getting from the Pennine Way to High Birkwith. The rest of the route has no navigational dangers and could be completed in zero visibility with the clag down with no aids.
Back to the Lakes over Easter and looking for a similar challenge!!!

Part One - Horton to Pen-y-ghent to High Birkwith

Part Two - High Birkwith to Whernside to Chapel-le-Dale

Part Three - Chapel-le-Dale to Ingleborough to Horton

Route elevation

Easy ascent of Pen-y-ghent until this point. Newly pitched path makes it easier.

Pen-y-ghent summit

Summit One - completed

Fantastic architecture - Ribblehead Viaduct

Whernside Tarn

Summit Two - completed

Whernside Trig - minor celebration - a new summit 'bagged'

Whernside Trig again

Summit Three - completed

The flat top of Ingleborough

The flat top of Ingleborough, again!

Paul S getting some well deserved food out of his rucksack on the summit of Ingleborough

Back to the start point - descending towards Horton with Pen-y-ghent in the distance

The shoes worn for the run/walk - Nike Pegasus!

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