Whernside is the highest point in Yorkshire, and the whole route is contained within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The challenge is to complete it in under 12 hours, and as they say in these parts, it’s a reet grand day out in one of the loveliest areas of North Yorkshire.
We’ll warn you though, it’s seriously tough. You’ll face 1585m (5200ft) of total climbing with an equivalent amount of often steep descent. This on top of the distance makes it a proper adventure challenge. Don't fancy going it alone or can't be bothered with all the route planning?
Walkers who’ve used the checking system and who complete the route in under 12 hours are invited to join the ‘Three Peaks of Yorkshire’ club. However, at the time of writing, the café has been closed for some time due to overcrowding and littering during the pandemic, so it’s worth checking before you go.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks roughly form a triangle with a couple of roads and the river Ribble separating them. Traditionally the starting point is Horton-in-Ribblesdale, to tackle your first peak; the steep stepped profile of Pen-y-ghent.
After reaching the impressive many-arched Ribblehead Viaduct a long, steady climb will bring you onto Whernside summit ridge. After the trig point, there’s a steep, stepped descent to Philpin Farm.
If you’re lucky you’ll be able to grab a cuppa and maybe a cheeky cake here as they serve refreshments at weekends between April and October plus Bank Holidays.
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Most kit lists start with a good pair of boots, and while they’re ideal for this sort of terrain we know some experienced hikers find trail shoes comfiest for longer distances so we’re not going to preach.
Just make sure whatever footwear you use has a good grip and some support, okay?