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The Three Peaks

8 miles from Kirkby Lonsdale

15 Mins by car

  • The Three Peaks, North Yorkshire

The Three Peaks is the collective name for the mountains of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Rich in historical interest, the summit of Ingleborough has the remains of a huge Iron Age hill fort, while the Settle-Carlisle Railway runs between the mountains, crossing Ribblehead Viaduct at the foot of Whernside. The hills are a magnet for walkers, and more recently mountain bikers. The scenery is breathtaking and brings visitors from around the world.

The Three Peaks Race

First run in 1954, the race covers 37.4 kilometres with 1608 metres of ascent and descent over the most rugged and spectacular countryside in the Yorkshire Dales National Park, taking competitors to a height of 723 metres above sea level. More details here.


If you're looking for a serious walking challenge then the Three Peaks will accommodate:

The Three Peaks - take in all three summits in one go

The classic challenge walk - 24 miles, three peaks, 12 hours to complete the circuit. This route description will help guide you. But go prepared with an Ordnance Survey map and know how to use it. Details here.

Ingleborough walk

A route to the summit of Ingleborough from Clapham taking in some fantastic limestone scenery - the caves of Ingleborough, Gaping Gill and the impressive Trow Gill. Details here.

Pen-y-ghent walk

Many people's first peak. A classic circuit from Horton-in-Ribblesdale with good paths, great scenery and the impressive Hunt and Hull Pots on the way down. Details here.

Whernside walk

Starting from the impressive Ribblehead Viaduct this route takes you to the highest point in Yorkshire - Whernside. On a clear day there are great views out to the Howgills, the Lake District and Morecambe Bay. Details here.

If you're looking for soemthing gentler, there are plenty of walks around Ribblehead, where you can take in one of the most impressive engineering sights in the country; The Ribblehead Viaduct.

As ever when walking in the countryside make sure you have appropriate clothing and footwear. Check the weather forecast before you begin and always follow the Countryside Code.