Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

Pace / Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge

+ - 9th October


+ - Fundraising & Sponsorship

The minimum fundraising target for this event is £200.

The easiest way to collect sponsorship is by using your fundraising page which is automatically set up for you after you register.

Once you have registered, you can start promoting your challenge to family, friends and colleagues and potential sponsors.

See our fundraising tips HERE.

If you would rather collect sponsorship using a sponsor form contact kelly.houghton@thepacecentre.org

+ - About

Dominating the skyline of the western Yorkshire Dales Park, these 3 distinctively shaped fells tower over the surrounding moors and countryside of Settle, Clapham and Ingleton.

From Horton, the clock starts ticking….

Walking as one team we will attempt to conquer the peaks of Whernside (736m), Ingleborough (723m) and Pen-y-Ghent (694m); covering 39km; climbing over 1700m. With just 12 hours to return to Horton and stamp our cards in the famous Pen-y-Ghent Café to successfully complete the challenge and enter the ‘Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club’.

+ - Saturday

06:00 Meet in Horton

07:00 START Challenge (Anti-clockwise)

08:00 Summit Pen-y-Ghent

11:00 Refreshments at Ribblehead

14:00 Summit Whernside

15:00 Philpin Farm refreshments

16:30 Summit Ingleborough

18:30 Expected end of challenge

+ - Sunday


10:30 Meet for a bonus stroll around the Ingleton Waterfall Trail.

(Entry to the falls is £7, children £3).

+ - Kit list

  • Rucksack – min 25 litre.
  • Walking boots – Broken in. NO trainers!
  • Double layer walking socks; prevent blisters.
  • Waterproof jacket with hood.
  • Waterproof trousers – keep you dry and warm.
  • Base layer top – breathable for evaporation.
  • Warm fleece upper layer and spare fleece.
  • Walking trousers: NO jeans!
  • Multiple thin tops allowing you to change your temperature.
  • Clothes for after the challenge.
  • 2 litres of fluid (there will be opportunities to refill if needed).
  • Sun cream.
  • Warm gloves, hat/balaclava.
  • Head torch with spare batteries.
  • Whistle for sounding the alarm.
  • Packed lunches.
  • Toiletries, towel.
  • Sleeping bag and pillow if required.

+ - Food & drink

Walkers are expected to bring all of the food they need for the walk.

As with kit, make sure you have tried and tested anything you eat during the walks, as you do not know how your body might react.

You are going to be walking for 12 hours. You will consume body fat reserves, expel water and salts that need replacing to prevent muscle cramps, dehydration and fatigue. Hydration is the most important aspect of nutrition. It is essential to take on water in regular, small amounts throughout the walk. It is easy to underestimate how much you need and suffer dehydration, particularly in hot weather.  Each walker should carry a minimum of 3 litres of fluid; water and sugary drinks. It is important to bring plenty of high energy food and snacks as well as something substantial like a sandwich for lunch. You need to provide your own food and water for the duration of the Challenge. We expect to have several refreshment stops on the route, but best to prepare for the unexpected!

+ - Training

All sorts of people walk the 3 Peaks, but it is a serious event, so do not take it lightly! There is no doubt that the fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the challenge.

We all start from a different fitness level, but as a rough guide during the build up, walkers should be looking to do at least 3 months of vigorous exercise (fast walking/jogging), 2 or 3 times a week, building up gradually to 90 minute sessions.

In addition, a longer walk once a week, starting gently, but building up to 15miles+ of hilly terrain. Include some jogging/running if possible, to push your cardiovascular fitness and make walking uphill easier.

It can be really motivating to draw up a training plan and tick off sessions as you achieve them. Log progress with an app like Strava to inspire and make you accountable to others.

Try to vary routes as much as possible to prevent boredom. Experience of real mountain conditions is highly recommended; you cannot replicate the difficulty of the steep terrain and weather conditions you can encounter in the mountains.

However, do not over train, especially in the early days. Aching muscles are in the process of developing, so need recovery time to repair and become stronger, allowing you to push harder and further next time.