What are the Yorkshire 3 peaks?
As we mentioned in our introduction, the Three Peaks consists of three hills and we think that each hill deserves to be spotlighted. Let's look at them individually:
If you've never climbed a hill in the Yorkshire Dales before and you're looking for a good hill to start with, Pen-y-ghent is a great option. It has quite a gentle incline and the circular route starts and ends in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, (a great little village with some lovely pubs), but still has incredible panoramic views from the top. It's only 694m high so not massive by any means, and the route is around 6 miles long. On the way down you can check out Hunt Pot and Hull pot, surface fissures that are fascinating to look down (but be careful near the edge!).
As the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, Ingleborough is definitely more of a serious hike than Pen-y-ghent. Large parts of the mountain are designated as Sites of Special Scientific Interest, with lots of interesting flora and fauna to be found there. The most popular hiking route starts and ends in Clapham, and takes you past the caves of Ingleborough and several gorges.
Whernside is the highest of the 3 peaks, and is a pretty grueling finish for anyone taking on the Three Peak Challenge. The climb is worth it though as the views from the top cannot be matched - on a clear day you can see the Howgills, the Lake District, and Morecambe Bay. If you've got your binoculars with you then you might even be able to see Blackpool Tower in the distance. It's typical to start your climb from Ribbleshead and to end by heading towards Bruntscar. If you could only climb one of the Three Peaks, this is the one we'd recommend!