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Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Frequently Asked Questions

Guided run on the Yorkshire Three Peaks

Here are our most FAQ’s about our guided Yorkshire Three Events. We hope you find the answer you are looking for!

Q: What kit do I need to bring?
A: We send out a recommended kit list as soon as you book and resend it two weeks prior to your event taking place.

Q: Are there any toilets on the route?
A: Yes and No. There are toilets on arrival to the main carpark. Out on the walk there aren’t any toilets. People tend to go behind a wall. There are roughly 250,000 people that do the Yorkshire Three Peaks each year as you can imagine the two pubs that are on route are not that happy with people using their loos. If you desperately need to, we strongly advise you to ask before you use them and perhaps make a donation or buy a small drink or chocolate bar.

Q: The forecast is to be sunny, do I need to take my waterproof jacket and trousers?
A: Yes, although it isn’t forecast to rain the Yorkshire Three Peaks has some unpredictable weather at times and they are also good for keeping the wind off you as well as keeping you dry.

Q: What time do we start?
A: We aim to meet at 0630 to 0645 on all of our Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Events with the intention of setting off at 0700 at the latest.

Q: How long does it take?
A: The aim is to complete the challenge in under 12 hours. We do have it occasionally where people take longer than 12 hours that is not a problem.

Q: Can I take my dog?
A: No. We don’t allow any dogs on our guided Yorkshire Three Peaks events.

Q: What food should I bring?
A: We recommend eating like you would on any normal day just bring more of it. Flapjack and salted crisps are good too. You will burn roughly 5000 calories and loose about 5 litres of water in sweat.

Q: How much water should I bring?
A: We recommend everybody carries atleast two litres. We do carry extra water in our support vehicle.

Q: Can I do the walk it in trainers?
A: Yes, but we recommend walking boots. Paths are rocky at times and there can be areas of boggy ground.

Q: Should I bring spare socks?
A: Yes, spare socks can help prevent blisters on sweaty feet. There is also something quite nice about putting fresh socks on tired feet.

Q: What happens if I can’t complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks or want to drop out at a certain point?
A: We have a support vehicle on all open events which if for any reason you feel like you want to stop at the 2 check points on route 10 miles in and 18 miles in, we will transport you back to the start. If you have a private booking and haven’t requested a support vehicle you can get the train from Ribblehead Viaduct or if you are at the pub after Whernside you can get a taxi back to the start. A taxi is around £25.

Q: Where do we start the walk from?
A: All our guided Yorkshire Three Peaks events start in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. We park in the national parks carpark which costs £4.50 for the day. There are other carparks which are cheaper but by paying in the national parks carpark the money generated goes back into looking after the paths etc on the Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Q: Which way do the Yorkshire Three Peaks?
A: We walk the Yorkshire Three Peaks anti-clockwise. Doing Pen-y-Ghent, then Whernside and then finish with Ingleborough.

Q: Do walking poles help?
A: Yes and no. If you haven’t used them before you can often find they can get in the way, but they are also very good for taking some of the weight off your knees on the descents. We do carry some spares in our support vehicle.

Q: Will we be walking in a large group or small group?
A: We have one guide for every 10 clients so we will aim to split people into small groups.

Q: If my group are walking slower than I want to, can I leave the group?
A: Although we don’t recommend you leaving your guide as they are responsible for your safety. We can’t stop you from walking off. If you do want to leave the group you must inform your guide and we are then no longer responsible for you.

Q: Do I get a certificate on completion?
A: Yes, we offer all our clients a certificate on completion.

Q: Can and how do I sign out at the café?
A: Yes, you can write your name, email address and the time you are starting the walk, post it through the letter box. Don’t forget to sign back in though with your name, email address and time.

We hope these questions have helped. If you do think of any questions that we haven’t answered please do get in touch with us.