Max Bronstein | Yorkshire Three Peaks
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Yorkshire Three Peaks

The Yorkshire Dales

Yorkshire Three Peaks

Horton-in-Ribblesdale is a small village in the middle of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, a short train ride from Leeds, cross-country. It has two pubs, a small community of houses, a cafe, a church and a campsite – perfect location to start what is a wondering and challenging day walk. Arriving the afternoon before to camp and have a mooch round the village sets the scene for the day to follow. We wake up at around 5am to start and head off towards the first peak. It isn’t too long until you reach Pen-y-Gent (694 metres), which is the smallest peak. The descent takes you through the cloud and as the sun starts to rise, the Dales come into view – a wonderful way to observe the national park from a height. A long and winding path takes you onto Whernside (736 metres), which is a gradual ascent to get to the top – then there is Ingleborough (723 metres), which has the steepest ascents of the three peaks. Legs can be shaky at this point and if the wind isn’t in your favour, it rushes across the face of the peak, making life much more difficult – but reaching the top of the last of the three saddles is a wonderful feeling. At this point in the walk, its a slow descent all the way back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale and straight to the station, where the last train takes us all the way to London via Leeds. I have done this walk twice and would like to visit the Dales every year or so, as it is a very challenging and exciting day walk, testing fitness and do-able enough that people interested in walking can come along to enjoy the gorgeous landscape – each peak has different challenges, which makes the walk very exciting.


September 9, 2014