YORKSHIRE THREE PEAKS CHALLENGE WEEKEND
Friday 12th to Sunday 14th May 2017
At our last couple of weekend events we have chatted about the kinds of things you’d like to get involved with, and one of the themes that keeps being mentioned is that you want an opportunity to take part in a challenge hike. And who can say no to a little challenge?!
Jenni and Zoe, the Outdoor Bloggers organisers, would therefore like to invite you to join them to hike the Yorkshire Three Peaks on Saturday 13 May 2017. We will be making a weekend of it – Friday 12 to Sunday 14 May – and it would be fantastic to have a group of Outdoor Bloggers who want to take part in the hike join us for the duration.
View of the Ribblehead Viaduct, Ingleborough and Pen y Ghent (just) from Whernside.
The famous circular hike will start and finish in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, and will take us approximately 25 miles over three of Yorkshires biggest and most beautiful peaks – Pen y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough. Each of the peaks has its own character and offers some spectacular views, and in combination they offer a challenging but satisfying day hike. It’s a walk that hundreds of people do each summer, and while we know it’s a popular route, it is one that lots of people want to tick off their hiking bucket list. The “challenge” element is to complete the circuit in under 12 hours; but we will be very relaxed about the timings and, as always, will be much more concerned with having a great day outside than we will be about time keeping.
Open to all members of Outdoor Bloggers, the hike will be another excellent opportunity to meet up and get outside, this time with the added bonus of providing a bit of a popular challenge to complete.
We hope you can come along!
We will hike the traditional anti-clockwise Yorkshire Three Peaks route, starting and finishing in Horton-in-Ribblesdale, on Saturday 13 May. We will hike up Pen-y-ghent first, then Whernside, and finally Ingleborough. The total distance will be around 25 miles, and the total ascent will be in the region of 5,200ft (1,585m). This is a challenging hike thanks to the distance and ascent, but it is something that anyone with reasonable fitness who is used to walking can achieve with a little determination.
Path alongside the Ribblehead Viaduct.
While the whole route is not way marked, it follows well-trodden paths (and the Pennine Way in places), with primarily easy terrain, and is reasonably straight forward to navigate. It’s a popular walk and so there will almost always be other walkers in front and behind of us, making it a great one for meeting and chatting to other people along the way.
As always with Outdoor Bloggers events, our aim is to bring like-minded bloggers together to enjoy the great outdoors. If the weather is not kind to us that weekend we will make a collective decision on the day whether to do the full hike, hike a circular route on one of the peaks or another route close by, or whether to hunker down in the pub for a long lazy lunch.
We will be camping on the Friday and Saturday nights at Holme Farm Campsite, a lovely little campsite with basic but decent facilities in Horton-in-Ribblesdale that sits at the start of the route and is very close to a pub with a simple carvery. We would absolutely love it if you’d camp with us, but we will leave you to book your own camping. The site offers good value for money – around £8 per night if for one person, one tent and one car, and the site runs a cash on arrival policy. When booking your pitch, please mention that you are camping with the Outdoor Bloggers group, it will make no difference to the cost of your booking but will help us on arrival in case they want to put us somewhere specific on the site. We know from experience that this is a popular choice for walkers doing the Yorkshire Three Peaks, and so early booking is definitely advised.
The campsite “office” at Holme Farm Campsite, Horton in Ribblesdale.
If you would rather not camp please feel free to book yourself into a B&B in the village (there are a couple), or you can just join us for the hike on the Saturday if you prefer. Please let us know when you book your place at the event what your plans are so we know who to expect when. We will let you have a schedule nearer the time so you know what time we are planning to leave the campsite to start our hike and can plan your journeys accordingly.
As we will all be arriving at different times on the Friday evening we will bring our own food and camping stoves for our evening meal. We may choose to head to the pub for dinner on the Saturday after our hike depending on when we get back to the site, but please come prepared to cook your own dinner as we cannot guarantee the pub will still be serving dinner (or that we will all want to go there to eat). Of course if you choose to eat at the pub both nights that is completely up to you.
Our plan is to head to a local village pub for lunch on Sunday after we’ve packed up our tents and before we head home to have one final chat before we all go back to the reality of our normal lives.
Interested? We hope so!
The hike will be the only organised activity this time around – it’s an opportunity for us to do the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks route as a group.
If you’re not a fan of hiking please don’t feel left out, we have plans for a couple of non-hiking events in 2017.
We will be organising our third annual Outdoor Bloggers Weekend for October 2017, which will include a number of activities.
If you have anything you’d particularly like to do please let us know!