Completing No9 off my 40 at 40 List – Yorkshire 3 Peaks

Next on the list was Number 9 – The Yorkshire 3 peaks.  I have not really explored Yorkshire, so was really looking forward to doing this.  I understood that it took between 8-12 hours so set the challenge of doing it in 10 hours.  It felt quite a task doing such a long walk (24.1 miles) but felt confident in completing it.


Having put out an open invitation on Twitter, the only person to turn up was Martin aka @InSearchofcloud.  The weather forecast at the beginning of the week was not looking good.  Certainly did not fancy doing it if it was raining!!  By Friday the weather was looking favourable and decided yep lets do this.


So arranged to meet in the main car park at Horton in Ribblesdale at 7am.  It was so cold setting off, reading a chilly 2.5 on the car temperature and ice needed to be scrapped off the windscreen.  When we arrived the temperature had plummeted to –1.5 brrr.


So after our introductions, we sent off for our first summit of Pen Y Gent, the sun was just starting to rise and a fabulous day was being unveiled.  The views throughout the days were stunning as you can see.


By the time we had bagged our first peak the sun was out and it had warmed up a bit.  On the descent came the famous bogs!!  This was not as bad as I anticipated but was definitely my least favourite part of the walk.  This part of the walk slows you down as constantly testing the ground you are walking in.  I am known for my clumsiness and was very proud of myself for not falling into the bog.  Soon we were onto the road and could see and smell the bacon butty van.  A quick pit stop and we were off to bag Whernside.  It was a steady climb up, views were fantastic of the Ribblehead Viaduct and aquaduct.  Whernside was the busiest summit I think full of foreign students.  The steps descending Whernside really hurt my knees L  It was a nice feeling to know that were 2/3 as we were descending.  As we were walking Martin said that we pass a pub on the way to the final peak of Ingleborough.  We all looked at each other and grinned.  Apparently it’s breaking all the rules stopping for a pint!!  It was nice to have a rest, so after a re-hydrating pint and sneakily ate the pork pie that Martin had bought from Weather Head butchers.  It was the nicest pork pie I have ever eaten!!  Refreshed we ploughed on for the summit of Ingleborough.  Considering how many miles we had already covered, we ascended quickly mainly powered by my chocolate brownie and jelly babies.  Felt so elated when reached the top but still had about 5 miles to get back to the car.  It felt like the longest 5 miles in the world ever!!  It was starting to get dusk and the lights of Horton didn’t appear to be getting any closer.  We were soon in sight of the car and the pub.  Sitting down was a bad move as didn’t want to get back up again.  After a celebratory pint, Martin headed off home and we stayed in the pub for supper.  It was very delicious pub grub.  So whilst I didn’t complete the 3 peaks in 10 hours as I first thought, I was very pleased to have done it in 11 hours 48.  Maybe will do it again one day?


Thank you for coming with me Dave and Martin, it was a great day, good crack and what an achievement to have completed it.  I’m looking forward to exploring more of the Yorkshire Dales.


So this was our route courtesy of Martin


  1. scafellhike says:

    Well done Gina, there’s many that couldn’t cover that feat. I thought you were optimistic in your time, that’s a good time you did, be proud of it.

  2. mrtotes says:

    Fantastic! Great work.

    We did it in 12hrs 2min In the pouring rain last year, unfortunately my wife (just about pregnant we later realized) injured her knee so we still count it as a success! 🙂

    1. I did it many years ago in about 12 hrs. A good time, I’d say. It’s the experience that counts, not the time.

      1. Gina says:

        Its a good walk and that’s why the time factor went out the window. We were lucky and had fab weather and the pub distracted us

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