Bagging Yorkshire’s Three Peaks is high on the bucket list for anyone who enjoys walking in the great British outdoors – particularly since TV presenter Julia Bradbury featured one of them, Penyghent, earlier this year. Now, with a rush of visitors expected to tackle the challenge, hospitality group James’ Places – whose Falcon Manor and The Royal hotels are on the doorstep – has issued some tips to would-be Three Peaksters.
Said group marketing manager Heidi Kettle: “Whether walkers are tackling one, two or all three peaks, they are sure to enjoy the fantastic scenery and breathtaking uplands of the Yorkshire Dales.”
- Pack the right gear. Be sure to bring your worn-in walking boots and comfortable outdoor clothing for every eventuality as the 24 mile exposed route can take its toll on the unprepared! Don’t forget the sun cream too!
- If you want to do all three, familiarise yourself with the route by walking the peaks individually. Everyone who comes here falls in love with the area and it’s worth making return visits to prepare for attempting all three in one go.
- Tell someone where you’re going, your planned route and how long you expect it to take. Don’t forget to check in with whoever you told when you return!
- Check out the Yorkshire Dales National Park website which has details of a Three Peaks app, lots of information and a printable certificate to commemorate your challenge.
- You will be out on the hills for a few hours – possibly around 12 if you go for all three – and although there are pubs and tea caravans along the way, you are well advised to take food and drink with you. Ask about our packed lunches.
- If you’re unsure about map reading and finding your way, learn how to do it and consider in advance hiring a local guide. Our hotels can put you in touch with the right people.
- Do reward yourself with a fantastic dinner afterwards and raise a glass to the mountains. This is where our Muddy Boots and Spring Break deals really come into their own!
- Penyghent, meaning ‘hill of the winds’, is best tackled from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, which is easily accessible by train on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway or by car; it is just six miles outside the market town of Settle.
- If Ingleborough is the intention, there are a number of routes which can be taken to reach the summit, one of the most popular being from Ingleton via Crina Bottom, an out and back of approximately six miles.
- Gaping Gill, one of the largest known caves in the country, is near the path up Ingleborough from Clapham. Over the May and August bank holidays caving clubs set up a winch taking members of the public down the 98 metre shaft into the famous pothole.
- The walk up Whernside passes the iconic Ribblehead viaduct, the 24-arch structure which carries the Settle to Carlisle railway. This was the setting for the recent TV drama ‘Jericho’.”
And some fun facts about the Three Peaks:
- Whernside is the highest at 736m (2,415 ft) followed by Ingleborough, 723m (2,372 ft) and Penyghent, 694 metres (2,277 ft).
- Most people aim to walk it in under 12 hours. However, there is an annual running race, coming up on Saturday April 29 this year, which was first held in 1954, and the record is a mere 2 hours 46 minutes and 3 seconds.
- Falcon Manor and The Royal Hotel both offer safe cycle storage for guests who wish to enjoy views of the peaks from their bikes on the many lanes and bridleways in the area.
Said Heidi: “We want our guests to have a fabulous time during their visit to Settle or Kirkby Lonsdale. Both are extremely well located for the Three Peaks and give hikers a touch of luxury to look forward to when they’ve ticked off their challenge.”
Falcon Manor and The Royal Hotel are part of the James’ Places group of hotels, inns, interior design and hospitality businesses across the Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales and South Lakes, all different yet sharing the same service values and ethos.
Picture shows Penyghent with Hunt Pot in the foreground.