Walking The Yorkshire Three Peaks during The Annual Fell Race

Q. Hi, Myself and a large group of friends are looking to walk The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk on the 28 April 2012 - most of us having done it before. It is to be a charity walk (as many are) and the date is the only one where everybody is available. However, this also happens to be the day of the Annual Three Peaks Race. Is it still possible to walk on race day? There have been suggestions that the route is only open to race participants. We appreciate that the route would be very busy on the day but don't really want to change our date as it would mean many people having to drop out. Any advice welcomed. Thanks

Leon Oates, Brighouse


A. Despite its popularity The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Walk remains 'unofficial' and the route is on Public Rights-of-Way and Open Access Land. No private company has the authority to close any public right-of-way - even if they own the land on which the right-of-way is on. Only the Government can close parts of the countryside and only then in extreme circumstance - such as during the last foot and mouth epidemic.

As you point out, if there is a Fell Race on 28 April 2012 then it is bound to be very busy - but in my experience The Yorkshire Three Peaks Route tends to be very busy every weekend in the summer months anyway.

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Hope this helps . . .

Mike (Editor)


A. Hi Leon Dont worry I did the Three peaks on a race day If you start nice and early you should not have much of a problem I think the race starts about 10am. If you start at six you should be up and down Pen-y-ghent and almost on top of Whernside before you see the leaders of the race. They actually go a different way up Whernside so no problem there. the only time you will be in the thick of it is on the way off Ingleborough on your way back to the cafe.I was actually pushed on by them and managed a good time of 8 hours 12 mins best time ever not bad for 60 anyway. Good Luck Dave

David Hare, Hull


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