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BDIA Yorkshire 3 Peaks Charity Challenge

Join us for the BDIA Yorkshire Three Peaks Charity Challenge 2024!

This event is your chance to conquer the stunning Yorkshire Three Peaks while supporting a great cause. Lace up your boots and get ready to hike through the breath taking landscapes of Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker or just looking for a fun challenge, this event is perfect for all levels. Enjoy the camaraderie of fellow participants as you trek through Pen-y-ghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough.

Make a difference while experiencing the beauty of the Yorkshire Dales. Don’t miss out on this unforgettable adventure – sign up now!

About the event

Members will meet in Ribblesdale on Saturday 7th September at around 6.30am (final timings and arrangements TBC) to start a Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge charity walk in aid of mental health, supporting the charity MIND. This classic 24-mile circular walk takes in Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen y Ghent, including over 5,000 feet of ascent and takes around 12 hours to complete. This will be a great event to take part in and will help to raise money for mental health, and will be supported by professional guides throughout.

How much does it cost?

There is a fee of £99 per participant to take part in the charity event with 100 spaces available. For this fee, you will benefit from professional guide services (Large Outdoors) during the walk, with 1 guide per 10 participants, and you will also receive a special commemorative event T-shirt.

How much do you plan on raising for charity?

We have 100 spaces available, so if we fill the event we aim to raise £4,000 from bookings that we will donate directly to Mind, and we have also set up a JustGiving page for participants and members. We are aware that this event is a challenge and won’t be for everyone, so for people who wish to donate to a great cause but do not want to take part in the event, please visit JustGiving.


What is the ‘Yorkshire Three Peaks’ challenge?
This challenge is on many a bucket list – a tick-off achieved when all 25 miles (40km)* of the circular route have been walked, with all Yorkshire Three Peaks – Ingleborough 2,372ft (723m), Whernside 2,415ft (736m) and Pen-y-Ghent 2,277ft (694m) – summited within 12 hours. This exclusive event offers an experienced Large Outdoors guide to support you to complete the circular route through the stunning Yorkshire Dales, encompassing the leg-tiring 1,585m (5,200ft) of ascent. * The route is often advertised as 24 miles, or 24.5 miles, however, our groups tend to clock up to 25 miles on the route we use.

What route will we follow?
We start from Horton-in-Ribblesdale and the route, handily, begins with a good leg-loosener as you set out along a fairly easy gradient for three miles with the distinctive anvil shape of Ingleborough, the first peak, in your sights. The summit offers panoramic views across the Dales and on to Morecambe Bay and the Lakes. Then you’ll begin your second ascent to Yorkshire’s Everest – Whernside. This hulk of a hill again provides lovely views. As you descend the reasonably easy slope you’ll be able to see across to the Ribblehead Viaduct, perhaps marvelling at the skills of the engineers and the sheer grit of the 2,000+ workers that built the structure back in the 1800s.

In fact, the viaduct is a half-way milestone, before you begin the long low level stage along tracks and field paths towards our final peak of Pen-y-Ghent. After the summit, there is just a short but steep descent and a final wander across some fields back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Are there cut-off points?
Yes – this is a challenge event after all! The challenge is to complete the route in 12 hours or less. First cut off: after Ingleborough is 3¾ hours after start. 11.13km and 539m ascent.
Second cut off: after Whernside, at Ribblehead road, is 3½ hours later. 11.25km and 505m ascent. Third cut off: before climbing Pen-y-Ghent, is 3 hours later.
When training for the walk, a pace of 3-4mph (5-6.5kmph) should be suitable – but don’t forget to include hills on your training routes! This is a 12-hour challenge and the group must complete the walk within this time. The cut-off points are for the safety of everyone. Our guides reserve the right to ask you to drop out of the walk at a safe point if they are concerned about your ability
to safely keep up, or you don’t make the cut-off times. Please see our Terms & Conditions for more information.

What happens if I can’t keep up, or I need/want to drop-out?
Your guide will advise you of the pace required throughout the walk to complete within the 12 hours. Your guide reserves the right to ask you to drop out of the walk at a safe point if they are concerned about your ability to complete within the time limit – this is for safety and the fairness of the group experience. If at any point you feel that you cannot keep up and/or will not be able to complete the challenge, it’s vital you let your guide know as soon as possible. Your safety and that of the group is their paramount concern, so the sooner they know the sooner they can assist. As per the Compulsory Kit List, it is important that you have money and a mobile phone with you if for any reason you are unable to complete the challenge and need to leave the group – you may need to arrange a taxi or public transport back to the meeting location/to your accommodation/for onward travel.

Can we buy food/drink on the walk?
There are no guaranteed stops for water refills or food along the route, so you should bring sufficient water (at least 2-3 litres per person) and plenty of food for the day.
There are usually opportunities en-route to buy refreshments, including hot drinks, but these places are independent businesses, so we can’t guarantee opening times and/or availability.

Is there a toilet?
There are toilets (usually 24hr) near the start point, in the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority car park; what3words///limelight.sharp.pelting. After the first peak, Ingleborough, there’s usually the option to use toilets at a farm shop. The farm shop does charge a small fee to use the toilet or asks that you purchase  something from the shop, so please make sure you have some money. Please note these are independent businesses, so we can’t guarantee opening times and/or availability.

Why do I need cash with me?
The ‘price to pee’ may be a snack or cup of tea (see above regarding toilets). Also, if for any reason you are unable to complete the challenge and need to leave the group, you may need to arrange a taxi or public transport back to the meeting location/to your accommodation/for onward travel. Taking a mix of cash and a card is advised.

Why do I need a mobile phone? And is there actually a signal?
If you need to leave the group for any reason, we ask that you contact your guide by text message when you have returned to the meeting point safely, as a courtesy. Plus, it’s always a good idea to have a mobile phone with you when you’re exploring the outdoors, just in case of emergency. There’s usually a good signal in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and at each of the summits. In between the peaks there often isn’t a signal, or it’s very patchy if you can find one.

Hotels nearby:

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Dedicated Y3P pages for videos and more Yorkshire Three Peaks advice:
We look forward to seeing you and helping you take on the challenge!


Acknowledgement of Risk Form (online via SmartWaiver)
Every participant of an activity led by Large Outdoors (the guided tour event operators for this event) must sign an online Acknowledgement of Risk Form in advance. You will be sent the link to complete this a few weeks before your walk. You are responsible for letting Large Outdoors know of any relevant Medical Details – medical conditions/injuries, or medical/
food allergies, when completing this form. If you don’t sign this form in advance, you can’t take part. Please see the ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RISK AND APPROPRIATE FITNESS/ EQUIPMENT section of our Terms & Conditions. Data will be collected in line with our Privacy Policy.

Kit List
Please ensure you have the items on our COMPULSORY KIT LIST with you for this challenge walk. Failure to attend with all of these items may mean you are unable to take part, as per our Terms & Conditions.

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