Guided walks & The Three peaks
Experience the very best of the Yorkshire Dales
and the Three Peaks
The Yorkshire Dales is home to one of the largest and finest limestone landscapes in Britain!
Since their formation nearly 350 million years ago in a shallow tropical sea near the equator, the limestones of the Yorkshire Dales have been heavily sculpted by the action of ice, water and geological faulting into a unique and dramatic ‘karst’ environment. A true masterpiece of nature!
In just one day, the intrepid walker can be summiting one of the famous Three Peaks (Ingleborough, Penyghent, Whernside), scampering across magnificent limestone pavements adorned with rare flowers, peering into the depths of the many potholes and caves, gazing up at towering crags, cliffs and gorges, ambling along quiet rivers and scenic valleys or learning about the rich mining history.
At Yorkshire Dales Guides, we are extremely passionate about the area we’ve come to call home, and we’d love to share the landscape, history and some of our favourite places with you! You may have a walk in mind, or would like us to provide some bespoke routes for you to choose from based on your interests and ability.
From half day to multi day walks, the three peaks challenge, a day of ‘spot-holing’ (i.e. going to find some of the most impressive cave entrances, like Gaping Gill), a tour of the most spectacular geological features at Malham Cove and Gordale Scar, or maybe getting off the beaten track down one of the many quiet and beautiful valleys like Littondale and Swaledale, we’re positive we can cater for your requirements!
All our guides are highly experienced, hold a first aid qualification and are very active walkers or fell runners so they can not only guide you but also tell you many stories on the way!
Ingleborough (723m), Penyghent (694m) and Whernside (736m)…..probably the most well-known and loved of the Yorkshire Dales’ mountains, and rightly so! A walk to take in all three summits on a single day is a truly special and varied day out. At around 24 miles in length with nearly 1 mile of ascent, it is a challenging undertaking, but one which is well within the capabilities of any reasonably fit, determined and equipped walker! Steph and Mike are keen and experienced ultra-distance runners having completed such events as the 108 mile Spine Challenger Race and 82 mile Dales Way challenge, and so know a thing or two about long distance challenges and how to prepare for them.
With our office located only 10mins drive from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, the Yorkshire Dales Guides staff are often to be found walking and running on the three peaks and so know them extremely well. It is this knowledge combined with our extensive experience of organising three peaks walks for both individuals and large groups, and our dedication to providing a highly professional service which means you can be sure of a great day out on the Yorkshire three peaks walk with us.
Tackling the Yorkshire three peaks in a single day is not the only option though. You may prefer to tackle each peak on separate days over a long weekend, or walk the route over a more leisurely 2 days, or even start from your accommodation, for example, in Ingleton as opposed to the traditional starting point in Horton in Ribblesdale. Whatever your desires, we’re here to make it work and a memorable experience (in a good way…..of course!).
Have already completed the Yorkshire Three Peaks walk and fancy a different challenge? Then why not try an alternative three peaks circuit taking in Birks Fell (610m), Buckden Pike (702m) and Great Whernside (704m) from the beautiful village of Kettlewell. Get in touch for more information!
Handy Tip: If you’re thinking about doing the three peaks, get your accommodation booked as early as you can! Even a year in advance is not too early due to the popularity of the route. Consider doing it in early May or towards the end of September when the weather can still be good and the route a little quieter.