The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge?

Q. Hi,

I understand the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge is 25 miles long.

I was wondering if it is possible to camp/stop on route, just because my
friend and I wanted to make a weekend of it.

From what I have read it seems you have to check into the Pen-y-ghent Cafe at the start and end of the walk, and if you are not back by nightfall a rescue team will start to look for you.

Is there any way round this?

Are walkers allowed to camp on the route?

If you could let me know I would be very grateful,

Thank you for your time,

Helen Mason



A. OK.

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge (Walk ny101) is an unofficial 23.5 mile circular route in The Yorkshire Dales National Park that starts and finishes at the Tourist Information Centre in Horton in Ribblesdale - which just so happens to be the Pen-y-ghent Cafe as well.

Officially, you cannot camp anywhere in the Yorkshire Dales National Park except on designated campsites - and there is only one campsite en-route as it were - and that is in Horton in Ribblesdale itself (and near the start of the walk).

You can however easily spread the walk out over two or even three days by using the train service between Horton in Ribblesdale and Ribblehead Stations and staying in one or the other. There is very little at Ribblehead except a pub and bunkhouse - so Horton in Ribblesdale - with its choice of pubs, a shop and more places to stay would be the better base.

We shall be publishing two and three day version of The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge shortly.

The free check-in - check-out service offered by The Pen-y-ghent cafe is voluntary only and you do not have to use it if you do not want to.

For full details of the walk route and where to stay - see The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge (Walk ny101)

Hope this helps

Mike (Editor)


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