Yorkshire 3 Peaks 2021

Posted by on April 25, 2021

COVID-19 UPDATE: Please read the details below carefully, particularly around safety. Please also check back here for updates, as we will need to see how the COVID situation is nearer to the time.

Second event for 2021 – 26th June

This year we are holding multiple events for Yorkshire 3 Peaks, and will be running our 15th event on Saturday 26th June 2021, following hot on the heels of our last event on spring bank holiday weekend (29-31st May 2021). You can read our report from that weekend below, click here!

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.

Whilst the main event was cancelled in 2020 due to COVID-19, you can read about smaller trips to the Yorkshire 3 Peaks in 2020 and fund raising on the page here.


With COVID-19 restrictions easing and the Governments roadmap, small groups of up to 30 (thirty) may be able to meet outside. You need to do your own assessment of any COVID-19 risk etc., before deciding to attend. Please keep a safe distance and when meeting walkers coming from the opposite direction, allow space to pass each other. Please also keep the National Park tidy by carrying back all your rubbish including banana peels.

This year, please organise local groups to do the challenge of 1 or 2 or all 3 peaks. There will be no registration desk & no service points. Our usual car park will be open with a parking cost of £4 per car. Toilet facilities will be available at the adjacent National Trust car park.

Viaduct / Junction of Ribblehead / Station Inn
Teas, ice-creams etc. will be on sale
Ladies will be able to use toilets at Station Inn (small donation)

There is a Tea stall coming down Whernside 1 mile from the main road. Toilet facilities available for customers and they will also top up your water.

Those who need to retire at Viaduct or after coming down Whernside, there are train services from Ribblehead (Viaduct) to Horton in Ribblesdale.



Registration  – you make a Donation to participate (There is no registration fee ) 

General Donation – is when you are not able to participate in the walks – most welcome from well wishers 

The Virgin Money Giving site will ask if you want to pay the admin charges on top of the Donation. Please choose YES if you are able to.

Tick the Gift Aid Tax relief box if you are a UK tax payer – most important.

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Registration & Fund Raising


  • Please read our trek details and disclaimer before proceeding with registration.
  • This year’s registration form can be found at the bottom of this page. The same form can be used for individual and group registrations.
  • We ask that if possible, you fill in the form directly in the Word document, and email the completed copy back to us. This will make it much easier for us to process, but if for any reason you can’t do this, then we can still accept printed forms.
  • Every participant should make an effort to raise funds. Sponsorship forms are available to download below.
  • Please email forms to: ctay3peaks@gmail.com


  • Donation: (You can donate more!)
    • £10 – Working Person and Pensioners
    • £5 – Others (including children, students and unemployed)
  • Please make donations online, directly to our Virgin Money page, under the name of the main registrant. Please ensure Gift Aid is applied as appropriate.
  • Please complete the comments box with names of participants
  • https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/Team/CTA202122
  • Please note that parents can donate one amount in total for their family members as part of their own donation for gift aid purposes.
  • Please read our trek details and disclaimer before proceeding with registration.
  • When making the donation, we recommend you use a debit card to save on admin fees.
  • Please remember to tick the tax relief box.

Fund Raising

  • We recommend each walker/family raises a minimum of £50 for SEWA UK.
  • You can also create your OWN online fundraising page as part of our team
  • Email  ctay3peaks@gmail.com
  • Then follow instructions to open your own page

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 6.25am for registration & there will be a briefing at 6.50am.

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.

Watch our video guide on: What to wear


Watch our video guide on: What to pack



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.

Guides 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.

Marshals 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

Walks to be confirmed – please note that the below are draft.

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

Transport to base will only be provided in an emergency, such as in the case of injuries. This will be available from:

– Service point at T Junction/ Station Inn and,
– Service point at Base of Whernside / The Old Hill Inn

Our Marshals and guides will decide on a need basis, and we request a £2 contribution to cover fuel costs.

TIME LIMIT: 11.00 AM – our marshals will review time limits depending on the weather conditions. Beyond this time limit, you will be advised to do only two peaks.

2) Two Peaks walk Grade: Moderate to Hard

Pen-y-Ghent and Ingleborough: 18 miles total climb 3,300ft
Pen-y-Ghent to Station Inn/Viaduct with the 3 peakers

Our Marshals will be at hand to give advice and directions.

  • At the T Junction, walk on the main road B6255 past Station Inn on the right, towards The Old Hill Inn.
  • The Road distance is 1.55 miles and at slow pace will take 30 to 35 minutes.
  • Please walk in single line on the right-hand side of the road so that you can see the cars coming.

At the start for Ingleborough there is a open grass area where you can rest and have lunch. Please only proceed with our guides.

You will meet with the 3 Peakers and proceed to the summit of Ingleborough, and then back to Base.

Training – hill walking, town walking, running, gym & yoga etc

Only emergency transport will be available 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.

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.

Forms & Maps

Report from 29-31st May weekend

In covid restrictions the clouds lifted to bring clear blue sky. We split the walking groups over the three days in manageable numbers. Many participants were coming to the Yorkshire mountains for the first time.

Total attendance was 268
Number who completed:
1 Peak 197
2 Peaks 27
3 Peaks 44

It was good to see so many first timer families taking part. There were some knee problems for few, but they persevered to complete the challenge. Few will have heroic stories to tell about their adventure to their friends, families and local Shakhas. Eleven participants came from Peterborough Shakha, being their first visit.

Many of the participants have expressed their sincere gratitude to the team leader guides. Our experienced walking volunteer guides / team leaders acted with care and consideration.

Funds raised as of 14th June: £4,275 inc. tax relief.
As part of our CTA Local Walks Initiative:
Leamington raised £175
Rugby raised £1090

On behalf of CTA – Charity Through Adventure I wish to thank all our volunteers and participants for taking part. Thank you to all for your generous donations which will be allocated to Nepal Covid.

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