The Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in Yorkshire have been made famous by Three Peaks Challenge, a Marathon in the Mountains. The area is wild and off The Challenge route there are miles of empty paths to explore. With a wide choice of luxury and great value bunkhouses why not take the time to explore more. Or plan a research trip to optimise your time on the day of your challenge staying at one of the bunkhouses on the route.
The Three Peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in Yorkshire have been made famous by the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a Marathon in the Mountains. Victoria Wilkinson, winner of the ladies race for the past 5 years recommends that anyone training for the Challenge should include a weekend recce of the route She recommends a stay in one of the bunkbarns with a group of friends as a great way to do this.
Of course you do not need to bring a group of friends for your trip, as many of the bunkhouses in the area provide accommodation for individuals, whether in a great value dorm or a more luxury private room. Whichever you choose the self catering facilitates available in the bunkhouses will make your stay good value. Your bunkhouse or hostel will often also provide a place to leave your car, with many bunkhouses being right on the route.
The area around the three peaks is wild and off The Challenge route there are miles of empty paths to explore. With the wide choice of luxury and great value bunkhouses available, why not take the time to explore more of the area? With hostels strategically placed along the route you can walk the Three Peak Challenge in a gentle two days and take in all the scenery has to offer. Or even better leave the route entirely and explore this classic wilderness area without the crowds to distract you.
This Marathon in the Mountains is a blue-riband event of the fell running calendar. The races takes on three highest mountains in Yorkshire – Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough over 23.3miles and over 1600m of ascent, quite a daunting prospect! There’s some great advice from the National Park Authority on how to keep this event sustainable here. Details of the Three Peaks Trail can be found on the Long Distance Walkers website.