Come climb with us! 3 Peaks Challenge
29th June – 1st July, 2018
The Yorkshire Three Peaks, in the Yorkshire Dales, represents a challenge for the keenest of walkers. To scale three mountains in two days is no mean feat and provides an exhilarating and demanding trek in some of the most spectacular countryside England has to offer. This fundraising event is a tough and rewarding weekend in steep, rugged country, offering an unforgettable sense of achievement.
As part of our 15th Anniversary celebrations, AMEND has organised a bespoke (AMEND-only) fundraising weekend, which means that, if you want to take part, all you have to do is pay a small registration fee (£50) and raise sufficient funds to go (minimum £400 but please aim for a minimum of £500 if you can). AMEND then pays the bill from the funds raised and benefits from any extra funds.
The adventure begins on Friday 29th June, with arrivals at the Philpin Farm family-run campsite from 4pm and dinner with your fellow climbers at 6pm. If you have a long journey or have trouble taking time off work, arrivals after this time are fine. The briefing about the challenge takes place at breakfast the following morning. The campsite has WIFI so you’ll be able to post those all important challenge updates to make your friends jealous!
After a good fuelling breakfast in camp, we set off, walking south through the broad green dale, criss-crossed with dry-stone walls. Ingleborough’s stepped shape – due to its alternating layers of limestone, sandstone and shale – rises before us. Whernside, our second peak, dominates the landscapes behind us. We pass through the village of Chapel-le-Dale and soon reach the base of Ingleborough (723m), where a stepped path zig-zags fairly steadily to the summit of our first peak. We soak up the views over the surrounding dramatic landscapes, an area of rocky outcrops and limestone scars, and the impressive sight of the famous 400m-long Ribblehead Viaduct, built in the 1870s.
We then descend along a ridge to the valley below, where we walk parallel to the Settle – Carlisle Railway, enjoying a flattish section! We pass through Ribblehead, at the head of Chapel-le-Dale, and can admire the Viaduct from close quarters.
From here we can also see the distinctive whale-back shape of Whernside (736m). We pass numerous limestone escarpments and outcrops; this amazing scenery provides wonderful motivation to keep our legs moving! We gradually begin our ascent, following a slabbed path all the way to the summit. The last section is particularly steep but our efforts are rewarded with the views – on a good day you can see across to Morecambe Bay on the west coast – and the knowledge that it’s not far back to camp! After a short break we come down steeply off the mountain and trek the relatively short and flat distance to camp, where we enjoy a great evening meal in camp with our fellow trekkers. Night camp.
Trek approx. 12 miles (6-8 hours)
A short transfer (15-20 mins) takes us to Horton in Ribblesdale, where we take the Pennine Way towards our third and final peak – the distinctive stepped outcrop of Pen-y-Ghent. As we ascend, we enjoy good views back towards Horton and across to yesterday’s achievements: Whernside and Ingleborough. Clear, well-worn paths lead us quite steeply up to the summit; there are some steep stone steps too. We enjoy time at the summit (694m) to take in the views before taking a westerly path down off the mountain and loop round to Horton once more (exact route may depend on group ability), feeling pretty pleased with ourselves and our accomplishments! After the short transfer back to camp, we say goodbye to the new friends we’ve made and the incredible scenery we conquered, and head home, taking a huge sense of achievement with us.
Trek approx. 6-8 miles (4-5 hours)
Please sponsor our trekkers if you can. Thanks!
- Jo Grey
- Alan Grey
- Laura Jones
- Gill Underhill
- Kevin Masters
- Maralyn Druce
- Tom Mitchell
- Alison Morris
- Charmaine Chantler
- Crystal MacLeod
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