Yorkshire 3 Peaks 2014

Posted by on June 8, 2013

Trek Report

Our 2014 Yorkshire 3 Peaks trek was a great success. Thanks to all who participated and raised funds. It was a fantastic day – cool, cloudy and no rain, with a little mist at the summit as expected.

Over 326 people attended, with 131 completing 3 peaks, 98 people completing 2 peaks, 84 people completing 1 peak, and 13 volunteers.

Our team of marshals and guides did a fantastic job, assisting a few injuries and encouraging the participants. It was great to see so many complete the full 3 peaks! We did have some injuries and those who got lost, but our volunteers were able to assist.

Well done to all who participated, and thanks to the experienced walkers who encouraged and looked after the others.

Keeping the Dales clean

Unfortunately, we have received some complaints about litter being left along the route, including banana skins, orange peel, plastic bottles and chocolate wrappers. This is not acceptable we would like to remind participants to respect the environment and ensure their litter is placed in bins or taken with them.

Online payments

Using MyDonate has been a great success for us, however a few have not provided names with their donations. Please provide these in future as we need them to tie names to registrants.

We would like to encourage everyone to use this facility more next year, as it is simpler and we immediately benefit from tax relief/gift aid.

Day registration

We would prefer people to register in advance, rather than on the day. It is important for us to be able to keep a record of our registrants.

Fund raising

Thanks to all who raised funds, donated, and made the time to attend. All donations for this event are for our chosen charity, SEWA UK.

Our chosen charity is:


www.sewauk.org   –  Charity No: 1135425
Raising funds for Gulmohar School near Nasik in Maharshtra a special residential school for mentally challenged children


If you wish to donate, please visit our fundraising page:  https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/ctay3peaks2014registration



Pre-trek details

On Sunday 4th May 2014 (bank holiday weekend), we will be embarking on our 8th annual Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. This has been an increasingly popular event and we were joined by over 500 people last year.

This sponsored walk/trek covers 24.5 miles and goes across Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough; a total climb of 5,000ft. There is a choice of walk(s) for all – choose to do 1,2 or all 3 peaks.

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Registration & Fund Raising


  • Every participant should make an effort to raise funds. Sponsorship forms are available to download below.
  • You must complete a personal and group registration form.
  • Please complete your registration form and email to us at: ctay3peaks@gmail.com

Fees Payment & Own Donations

  • Registration Fees:
    • £7 – Working Person
    • £5 – Others (including children, students, pensioners and unemployed)
  • Please make payments under the name of the main registrant and ensure Gift Aid is applied as appropriate.
  • Please note that parents can donate their children’s fees as part of their own fee for gift aid purposes.
  • Please read our trek details and disclaimer before proceeding with registration.
  • You can include a personal donation on top of paying your registration fees.
    For example, to pay the £7 registration fee and an £8 donation, simply donate the total (£15) on the fundraising page.

Other payment options:

  • Bank transfer into SEWA UK bank account
    HSBC – Sort Code: 40-41-27, Account Number: 01519026
    This account is mainly for group registrations.

Fund Raising

  • You can also create your OWN online fundraising page under our team page on ‘MyDonate.’https://mydonate.bt.com/teams/ctay3peaks2014
  • To create your own fundraising page as part of the CTA team:
    • Register with MyDonate and look out for ‘Team’.
    • Enter the reference number 005558781
    • All funds will go to SEWA UK
  • If you have any queries, please get in touch on ctay3peaks@gmail.com

Trek Details

A rough guide to our event which we hold each year. The below is essential reading, including our disclaimer.

Background, Aims & Objectives


This sponsored walk/trek covers 24.5 miles and goes across Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough: a total climb of 5,000ft. There is a choice of walk(s) for all – choose to do 1, 2 or all 3 peaks. The Yorkshire Dales is one of the most beautiful regions of the UK. Spend a weekend and make a visit to Malham Cove, a natural wonder. Participants have also walked in the Lake District, Snowdonia and the Scottish mountains.

All age groups and whole families can enjoy hill walking. You will have ample time to talk and make new friends. Physical and mental health benefits will come your way.

Yorkshire Three Peaks is a recognised challenge.

Our aims & objectives

We have at the outset wanted newcomers and novices to try hill walking. Experienced and enthusiastic walkers should assist. Y3 Peaks is a challenge and walking 1, 2 or 3 peaks is not going to be easy for everyone. Most will experience minor aches, pains and tiredness. A few will find it hard and unpleasant and may not want to come back. Over the last few years many walkers have acquired leadership skills. Many more have gone on to foreign high altitude treks. Some of these people would otherwise not have considered this kind of recreation. It has made a positive difference to their attitude and life style. On the back of this challenge is the fund raising for our charities. The response has been amazing to say the least.

Time, Meeting Point & Directions


You must arrive by 6.00am for registration & there will be a briefing at 6.45am.

You will be able to meet fellow walkers and our designated guides.
Walks/Treks will start at 7.00am sharp.
Meeting point & directions

Take the A65 to Skipton and B6479 Settle, to Horton in Ribblesdale (Post Code  BD24 0HF).
You will pass the National Trust car park on left, over a narrow bridge, past the CROWN INN which is on right side and the road turns sharp left over a second narrow bridge. The car park/admin tent is on the right hand side on Station Road.

To contact us, please email us at ctay3peaks@gmail.com

Clothing, training, preparation / planning

You should be kitted out for a challenging trek. Weather conditions will change during the day. You could encounter hail, rain and mist making visibility difficulty. If it’s windy, it can get cold, and even colder on the summit. On the day, there will be hundreds of walkers.

Essential Kit List

On the day, you should be wearing:

  1. Hiking boots. (If you don’t have any proper hiking boots, and you are only doing 1 peak, then please wear thick soled trainers. ‘Converse’ or other flimsy shoes will not protect your feet enough or keep you warm and dry.)
  2. Hiking socks and thin liner socks.
  3. Hiking trousers or tracksuit bottoms. Do not wear jeans – if they get wet, they won’t dry off.
  4. A t-shirt, long sleeved top, or base layer.  Avoid pure cotton clothes, as they can absorb sweat and won’t dry off.
  5. A jumper or fleece.

You should be carrying in your day rucksack:

  1. A waterproof jacket and waterproof trousers.
  2. Gloves and a warm hat.
  3. A thick jumper or fleece.
  4. A map. (Print from the link provided below, and carry in a plastic wallet to protect from rain.)
  5. Water, an isotonic drink, food and snacks.
  6. A few plasters and blister plasters.
  7. A torch and whistle.

Never under estimate the mountains and always prepare for the worst weather conditions. Wear or carry extra layers depending on the weather on the day.

  • You will warm up when hiking, and cool off quickly when you stop for breaks or as the weather changes, so wear lots of layers that you can take on and off easily.
  • You might get very wet or muddy, so keep spare clothes and shoes in the car.
  • Each person should carry their own kit. Groups or families often set off together but finish at different times.


Participation is at your own risk and by taking part you acknowledge and assume the risks inherent therein and further acknowledge that you are responsible for all your actions and fitness and health. You use any transportation arranged by the organisers at your own risk. The organisers are not responsible for the condition of the route and do not accept any responsibility for any injuries or illness.

Safety & Guidance

  • Familiarise yourself with the official Countryside Code of England and Wales.
    The Countryside Code:
    – Respect other people.
    – Consider the local community and other people enjoying the outdoors.
    – Leave gates and property as you find them and follow paths.
    – Protect the natural environment.
    – Leave no trace of your visit and take your litter home.
    – Enjoy the outdoors.
    – Plan ahead and be prepared.
    – Follow advice and local signs.
  • Always walk in a group. Minimum size is 4, so if one person is injured, one person stays with them and two people can go together to find help.
  • If you need assistance, you should keep walking ahead or back to the nearest checkpoint. You may have to wait for some time before help arrives.
  • On this route, even if by chance you do get lost, you will always be near a farm, pub, house, main road, etc. so don’t panic. Bank holiday is a popular time, so there’ll be lots of other walkers in both directions.
  • Remember, you can’t bring the city to the countryside. You might get muddy, wet, or lost for a while, but it’s all part of the experience of hiking.
  • Experienced Marshals will make the final decision about continuing the route on the day, based on weather conditions etc.


Newcomers & First timers

You should:

  • Read all our information and guidance.
  • Do a web search on the Yorkshire Dales to obtain more background info.
  • Do some training before the event.
  • Acquire appropriate walking clothing and walking boots.
  • Follow instructions from Guides and Marshals.


Experienced Walkers

  • You should be able to pass on your knowledge and experience to newcomers.
  • You should be able to read and interpret Y3 Peaks map.
  • You can come forward to act as a Guide or Assistant Guide.
  • This will enhance your leadership and interpersonal skills.
  • The event depends on experienced walkers acting as guides on the day.



You need to be:

  • An experienced hill walker and know the Y3 peaks reasonably well.
  • Kitted out well, so you can bear the severe weather and assist others.
  • Reasonably fit to complete 1 or 2 or 3 peaks.
  • Able to read and interpret Y3 Peaks map.

Your duty would be to:

  • Lead, encourage and motivate other walkers to excel.
  • To carry a torch and a whistle for use in low visibility/emergency situations.
  • To act on any instructions from Marshals.
  • To carry a mobile phone and contact numbers for use in emergency situations.
  • Only in an extreme emergency you should abort the walk and assist in RESCUE.



You need to be:

  • An experienced hill walker and know the Y3 peaks route and area.
  • Kitted out for severe weather.
  • Carry spare clothing for emergency use.
  • Reasonable fit to complete 1 or 2 or 3 peaks as necessary

Your duty would be to:

  • To monitor walkers at various check points.
  • To walk the chosen 1 or 2 or 3 peaks as allocated to you and your team.
  • To lease with guides to know what is happening on their section of walk.
  • To assist stragglers and tail enders to next check point or base.
  • To make decisions on changing weather conditions or circumstances and pass on instructions to walkers.
  • To provide assistance and take part in RESCUE if necessary.
  • To carry a mobile phone and contact numbers for use in emergency situations.


Volunteers (non-walkers)

  • You should wear warm and waterproof clothing.
  • You should carry appropriate warm drinks and food.
  • It can be a long day so be prepared.



  • Our car parking volunteers will direct you to parking area.
  • Our volunteers will at the service tents dealing with registrations, collections of pre-registered identity cards etc.


Service Points & Retiring Early

  • Two service points where our volunteers will serve – water, fruits & chocolates.
  • First aid will be available.
  • Marshals will be at hand to give advice.
  • If you are unable to carry on further, speak to the volunteers who arrange transport back to base for you. You may have to wait until the vehicle is full and we may request a small donation towards cost of the event.

Choice of walks for all

1) The three peaks 24.50 miles: Grade: Strenuous / Very Hard
Pen-y-Ghent ,Whernside and Ingleborough total climb 5,000ft
Average fitness – walk time approx. 12 Hours, fast group 9 hours.
Training – hill walking, running, gym, yoga etc

2) Two Peaks walk Grade: Moderate to Hard
Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside: 17 miles total climb 3,300ft
Walk on the same path for the three walks.
Training – hill walking, town walking, running, gym & yoga etc

Transport back to base can be provided at the base of Whernside.
We request a £2 contribution to cover fuel costs.

3) One Peak – Pen-y-Ghent Grade: moderate – short and steep
Long 10 miles – return to base from Marshall Point 5
Short 6.5 miles – return to base from Marshall Point 4.
Starts just after the main group.

Pen-y-Ghent and going right up to High Wirkwith and back to base.
Emergency transport will only be provided due to injury and we request a £2 contribution to cover fuel costs.

We will have guides and pace will be slow to allow you time to enjoy this walk, be able to stop and see both the Hunt Pot and Hull Pot as time permits.
There is an option to shorten the route on a need-by-need basis. Our guides will encourage and advice as necessary.

Video Guide: Clothing


Video Guide: What to pack


Please keep the dales clean. Bring waste back to base and dispose properly.
Search Google for “Yorkshire three peaks” for further details. There are lots of places to visit before and after.

Search Google for “Yorkshire three peaks” for further details.

Please continue to check this page for updated details.

To contact us, please email us at ctay3peaks@gmail.com

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