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The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk

Q. Jane Botham from Leeds - which way round did you walk the three peaks, how fast did you do it and which route did you take onto Whernside?

Can anybody tell me if the cafe with the clocking in and out machine is still in Horton and what time it opens.

Erm! not asking much am I.

I'll probably be doing this walk alone as per usual so the more info I can read the better,

If anyone see's me out in the Lakes or on the Three Peaks - I'm the one being dragged by the german shep. [this is a great site keep up the good work]

Richard Rawlinson, Fleetwood



A. The clocking in and out device is still operational in Horton in Ribblesdale Information Centre.

The best way onto Whernside is by following the railway North beyond the Ribblehead Viaduct and then swinging NW, W to gain Whernside's North ridge before heading S along it to reach the summit.

Some (older) guides suggest going beneath the Ribblehead Viaduct and through a couple of farms to take a very steep route up Whernside's East flank. This route is not used much these days - and while the above route is longer - it is much easier to tackle with tired legs.

For details see walk ny109

We have published a highly detailed route map pdf the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk and a guide to it with information for planning your trip is available from this link The Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk - a go4awalk.com Guide.

As for timings our algorithm suggest 13.5 hours as a reasonable target time - though traditionally you are supposed to complete the walk within 12 hours. I'm sure many will do it even quicker than that.

It took me two days - but I was researching it (that's my excuse).

As for direction - it starts in Horton in Ribblesdale and goes anti-clockwise - i.e. Horton in Ribblesdale - Pen-y-ghent - Whernside - Ingleborough - and then back to Horton.

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)


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