Saturday 19th February 2011, come and join us attempting a winter circuit of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.

Enjoy the Yorkshire Three Peaks in Winter..!

This is our first Open Challenge event for 2011.

We invite a maximum of 20 individual walkers to attempt the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in winter..! Depending upon conditions at the time, you may be walking for some 14-15 hours over this 24.5 mile circular route. You will visit the summits of Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough, and see some spectacular winter landscapes.
Meeting up on Friday evening in our bunkhouse in Horton-In-Ribblesdale with overnight accommodation included, you will get to meet our team, and the other challenge walkers, and perhaps enjoy a few pints in the Golden Lion. Saturday morning sees a cooked breakfast in the bunkhouse, and an early start heading out to Pen-Y-Ghent.
Our guide will lead you (in gropus of 6-8 walkers) and encourage you, and we will have hot drinks available for you at various points enroute as you tackle this challenge route. We will also have return transport available to anyone who should need it.
After a successful ascent of Whernside and Ingleborough, you will return to Horton for medals and photo’s, and again - perhaps a few pints at the Golden Lion Hotel. Second night accommodation is included at the bunkhouse.
Sunday morning, say our goodbye’s and return home...
How much does it cost?

Entry is £75 per person, payable in full at the time of booking. Places are strictly limited to 20 individuals. No fundraising requirement - however, you may wish to raise funds for a charity or good cause and donate any funds raised directly to them. Charity entrants should enter/pay online in the normal manner.
What’s included?

* Friday & Saturday night in the 3 Peaks Bunkbarn

* Breakfast on Saturday morning

* Experienced mountain guide (max ratio 1:8)
* Hot drinks and support enroute
* Return to base transport if required
* Medal for all finishers

What’s not included?

* Transport to/from Horton-In-Ribblesdale
* Food & drinks for the weekend apart from that detailed above
* Personal accident/injury insurance


To enter online, click this link:



Three Peaks of Yorkshire - Top Tips.

For those of you wishing to try and climb Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in 2009, here's some tips and advice to help you on your 24 mile challenge walk..! Please feel free to add you comments or observations if you've walked this route before.

1. Make sure you get an early start..! The earlier the better. If you have started walking by 7am, then you can aim to finish around 7pm, and possibly have a little time spare for food breaks enroute. Any later starts risk not only a finish in the dark - but possibly even arriving back at the finish after they've finished serving food - disaster...

2. Carry spare socks. The section across the moss, just after completing Pen-Y-Ghent, is always boggy. Even in dry weather, you are unlikely to reach Ribblehead with dry feet. Wet feet & wet socks will ensure blisters well before the end of the challenge - so ensure you at least have spare socks, but also consider some foot powder and blister pads (compeed etc).

3. Carry some money. Ribblehead has a Public Inn, and usually a mobile catering van. Chapel-Le-Dale also has a Public Inn, and the farm just before the Inn often serves snacks to walkers. Also bear in mind any walkers wishing to retire at the above - carry emergency money for a train or taxi home.

4. Get to know the route. Check out the route fully before you start, and read the many route descriptions and trip reports. Get a good idea of where other walkers had any problems with underfoot conditions or navigation.

5. Carry the right kit. I assume that in reading this blog, you are fully aware of the right clothing and equipment you should be carrying to ensure your own safety and comfort during this challenge walk. If not, check the equipment list here.