Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, England

, June 3, 2011

If you’re looking for a shorter and more feasible alternative to the national three peak challenge, why not challenge yourself with this gruelling 25-mile run over the exposed fells of the Dales, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge?

This relatively unknown route includes 1672 metres of ascent over the 3 largest peaks in the Yorkshire dales, Penyghent (694m), Whernside (736m) and Ingleborough (723m), involving a near marathon distance of 25 miles. As a run or a walk, taking on this route presents a challenge to even the fittest outdoor enthusiasts.

The route offers spectacular views over the dales and takes you right past Ripple head viaduct. The majority of the route is well marked and follows an established foot path. With that said there are sections between the peaks where the Ordinance Survey Yorkshire Dales S & W map would be a help.

The official route starts from the Penyghent cafe in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. If you want to get an official time then you must start by collecting a card from the cafe that will be clocked on your return. The cafe is a welcomed finish line for the challenge with handfuls of cream teas available to replenish the energy stores.

Getting there responsibly

Trains run from Leeds to Horton-in-Ribblesdale five times daily. Book train tickets with thetrainline.com.