The Yorkshire Dales is home to the 3 Peaks Pen-Y-Ghent, Wernside and Ingleborough. The Yorkshire 3 peaks route has become a famous challenge covering marathon distance over Yorkshires most unforgiving terrain. Nevertheless, the physical challenge is less demanding when the clouds are high in the sky because the views over the Pennines are awe inspiring.
If you are looking for something more relaxed with less distance. Each one of these hills offers a completely different experience from the other.
Pen-y-ghent – Pen-y-ghent is a huge lump of grit stone sitting on top of lime stone. Pen-y-ghent’s southern edge looks too steep to walk, however with a careful approach this short steep ‘work out’ takes us straight up to the summit.
Wernside – The approach to wernside takes us right past Ribble Head via duct. Ribble head Viaduct is 400 meters long and 32 meters high, it towers above us as we start our ascent up wernside and makes for a breathtaking photo. Wernside is a steep but steady hike and as we walk further up it is possible to see how this spectacular valley was formed all those years ago by pre historic rivers.
Ingleborough – Ingleborough is surrounded by almost fictional sights. Ascending from the north, a steep stair case leading to an exposed and flat summit sends the senses wild. From the south, Gaping Ghyll a black hole in the ground with a 105meter sheer drop inside appears like a porthole to another world. From the east a gentle and picturesque ascent with a steep finish onto the flat summit.
Whether you are looking for a challenge, an educational experience or a relaxing walk in nature the Yorkshire dales offers us everything we need.