For this years Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge weekend we were staying at the recently renovated Broadrake Bunk Barn directly on the main route.
We arrived on Friday evening to some great weather and gorgeous views of the Yorkshire hills and the viaduct at Ribblehead.
The rest of our group arrived during Friday evening where we had prepared an evening meal of pasta. We then briefed the group on the challenge ahead on Saturday, prepared our lunches and packed bags all ready for an early start the next day.
We were up around 6:30 for an early breakfast and a start at 7:30. As well as the group staying in the bunk barn overnight we had another 5 joining us on a day hike basis, so we set off with a group of around 20 right on time. We also had Patrick Hickie joining us to lend his experience and expertise as an additional Leader for the day.
We were starting from close to Chapel-le dale so our first summit was Ingleborough and the approach is across open moors. Sadly the weather had deteriorated quite a lot from the previous evening as we approached the climb up to the first summit.
We made it to the top of Ingleborough right on schedule, for a short break and group photo to celebrate our first of the day.
Following Inglebrough its a long march down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale for our first break of the day. We always provide a support car for storing of spare clothes, extra food and drinks and on wet days like this, hot tea and coffee too! Plus of course Yen’s homemade cake.
Our next summit is Pen-y-ghent so after a short break we head out of Horton and start the climb up.
The ascent of Pen-y-Ghent requires a bit of scrambling to make the final summit, but eventually we make it to the top for our second summit of the day.
Its then a long walk of around 7 miles to Ribblehead and still the weather shows no sign of improving.
We have another car break at Ribblehead where some take the opportunity to change out of wet clothes and take on extra food and drinks. With more hot tea, coffee and cake of course!
Then miraculously the weather starts to clear as we hike past the stunning Ribblehead viaduct.
And finally we start to get some blue skies and clear summits as we make our way to the top of our last climb of the day on Whernside.
And its a great relief to finally get views of the route and of the stunning hills and countryside from the summit.
Its a pretty tricky descent from Whernside, but at least its a relatively short hike to the finish at Broadrake bunk barn.
Then its time for dinner, beer and to relax and enjoy the achievement.
Sunday morning was a quiet and relaxing time with bacon butties and lots of Tea and coffee to recover, before heading off.
A fantastic achievement in the weather conditions and huge congratulations to everyone.