Yorkshire Three Peaks

Distance (Miles): Ascent (Metres): Time (Hours):
24.08 1483 13
Strenuosity: Technicality (x/10): Enjoyability (x/10):
Extreme 5 7

Well, it’s a tough one, of that there can be no doubt! This is (at the time of writing) the only Extreme graded walk on the site, and it certainly deserves that rating. While I’m at home on the hills, the distance was what struck me as the most difficult aspect of the walk.

24 miles is a long day hike in anyone’s book, but add to that climbing the equivalent of Scafell Pike followed by Yewbarrow, and you can see how it might be a strain on the old legs.

To give you an idea of the timings:

06:06 – Depart
07:17 (01:11) – Pen-y-ghent summit
10:16 (04:10) – Halfway
11:23 (05:17) – Whernside summit
14:31 (08:25) – Ingleborough summit
16:31 (10:25) – Arrive

As you can see from the above, I made good time until the halfway mark, then slowed a bit on the climb up Whernside, and then slowed a lot on the descent of Whernside and the climb up Ingleborough. For me that is the hard, and somewhat demoralising, part of the walk. I’ve climbed them all before and knew what to expect when I got to Ingleborough; a steep and relentless slog!

As for the actual walk, I chose to do it on a Saturday in July, so as you can imagine it was very busy with charity groups etc. If you don’t like the crowds then definitely do it midweek, or at least avoid June, July and August.

Technically there’s some very easy scrambling on Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough, but other than that nothing of note. There are some lovely views during the walk as well, but the overriding point has to be the distance; be prepared!

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