We had a perfect day for our Yorkshire 3 peaks challenge this September. Beautiful weather, a fantastic group and a great location meant that we all completed the challenge quite comfortably in around 11 hours.
These were just a few of the kind comments we had after the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Weekend break:
“Awesome 🙂 amazing weekend. Very well organised. A massive thankyou to Kevin & Yen. You guys are amazing 😘”
“Lots of thanks to Kevin and Yen for their kind hospitality and organizing another perfect hike. ”
“First time out with you guys….. Excellent day out with great company. Can’t wait for the next one.”
“I had a really enjoyable time on this trip, thought it was well organised and professional, and the quality of the accommodation was fantastic! Looking forward to joining another Mountain Hikes trip one day. ”
Our accomodation for the weekend was the Gauber Bunk Barn which is a lovely comfortable and cosy barn directly on the route and close to Ribblehead.
We set out in perfect conditions at 7am in the morning, with a clear sky and sun just rising over the hills and the perfect backdrop of Ribblehead viaduct.
Our plan was to complete the 24 mile hike, in an anti-clockwise direction, starting with Whernside. We are aiming at a schedule to complete the challenge in 10 1/2 hours, giving us a bit of contingency towards the end in case of tired legs or any minor injuries.
We made it to the summit of Whernside slightly ahead of Schedule at around 9am. We had stunning views all around and especially looking ahead to Ingleborough our next summit.
Its a steep decent from the summit at times but more great views of the Yorkshire hills.
Our next planned stop was around the Hill Inn Pub at 10am, where we had the car waiting with Yen to meet us. We always use a support car to provide water, extra food, cake, tea and any extra clothes at stops at Chapel le Dale and at Horton. This means that we dont need to carry all our gear with us and means the challenge is more likely to be successful for everyone. Its also nice to get a cup of tea, extra snacks and take a break.
Our next summit was Ingleborough which starts with a gentle climb across open farmland and then moorland.
There is then a more steep climb up to the summit ridge, but with more great views all around.
Finally, we make the summit of Ingleborough, just a fraction behind schedule, but still in good time to complete the challenge in under 12 hours.
Its then a long but enjoyable descent from Inglebrough to Horton-in-Ribblesdale where Yen was waiting with the car again to meet us.
We arrive at Horton back on Schedule, so take a slightly longer break here, to fuel up and rest before the final peak.
The climb up Pen-y-Ghent is quite steep from the bottom, but then gets even steeper at the top with a bit of scrambling to get up to the summit itself. But we all made it to the summit and were very happy to have made our last peak.
The challenge however, isnt yet over as the hike back to the Gauber barn at Ribblehead is a long and tiring one. But again despite tired legs and a few aching feet we all make it back in good time. We arrive around 6pm, so then its time for lots of Yorkshire tea, beer, showers and then a delicious dinner which Yen has prepared for us all.
A fantastic day out in the Yorkshire hills and a brilliant group who all succesfully completed the challenge.
And finally, two more slightly longer reviews:
“The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge was made easy by Yen and Kevin’s thoughtful planning and generous assistance. The accomodation was in a newly refurbished farmhouse, which had a modern kitchen, cosy fireplace, comfy beds and clean bathrooms. The food was delicious and plentiful. It was a great idea that Yen provided food and water in her car along the course of the challenge. And most importantly they had managed to convince the stuuborn gods of Yorkshire to give us the best imaginable weather.” – RA
“Just returned from a fantastic weekend away where we completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. Brilliant group, lovely bunkbarn accommodation and fabulous organisation from Kevin and Yen as always. Not to mention the lovely home cooked meals and Yen’s home baked vegan cookies! I’ll definitely be back!” – VP