The "Three Peaks" of Whernside, Ingleborough and Penyghent dominate the skylines of the western side of the Yorkshire Dales. These spectacular and distinctively shaped fells are undoubtedly impressive, towering as they do over the surrounding moors and countryside near Settle, Ingleton and Ribblehead - and they are very popular with walkers, climbers and ramblers.
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 walk is 24.5 miles (39.2km) long and takes in over 5,000 feet (1,600 metres) of climbing. The walking is over a variety of terrains, and even though the paths have been improved immensely over recent years, certain sections can still be very boggy and energy sapping.
By tradition, the walk must be completed within 12 hours for you to be able to join the "Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club". To be eligible for membership, you must book out and book in again at the Pen-y-ghent Café in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, which at the time of writing is open every day apart from Tuesdays. This also enables you to avail yourself of the safety service that the Café provides. If you complete the walk within 12 hours, and have used the antique clocking machine in the Café, you will be invited to join the "Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club", and purchase a Three Peaks badge and tie.
Getting to the start of the walk is easy. There is a large pay and display car park in Horton-in-Ribblesdale itself that can be used for parking, which is only a hundred yards or so from the Pen-y-ghent Café.