For many people Yorkshire conjures up images of farmers leaning on stiles and donning a flat cap before a backdrop of terrific scenery. By far the UK’s biggest county, Yorkshire offers visitors a vast wealth of landscapes, history, heritage sites and has arguably the best kept dialect in Britain. Party from dusk until dawn in Leeds, explore some of England’s savage history in one of York’s many historical sites and museums. Alternatively you can challenge yourself to the Yorkshire Dale’s three peak challenge, a much smaller and more feasible version than the National Three Peak Challenge! Popular amongst charity organizations and student sport groups, anyone fit and motivated enough to take the challenge is encouraged to do so!
The Yorkshire Dales National Park preserves some of England’s most distinctive scenery and a traditional farming and countryside way of life. This makes it the perfect place for a countryside retreat, and will take you a million miles from what may be for you an overwhelmingly urban life. Head to West Yorkshire and visit the small climbing town of Ingleton, which gives you access to the well-trodden Waterfalls Walk, which for a low fee, will take you on a breathtaking journey past some stunning waterfalls. Ingleborough, a relatively low mountain is very distinctly shaped with its flat top and steep sides, but makes a very rewarding climb, for the view on a clear day stretches for miles. The three peaks challenge is feasible in a day, if you are a fit and experienced walker.
Starting from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, the route first goes over Pen-y-Ghent, then Whernside (the highest peak standing at 728m high) before going over Ingleborough and arriving back at Horton. Before embarking on the challenge it is usual for walkers to either pitch a tent in the campsite at Horton-In-Ribblesdale, or in guest houses in the nearby settlements of Settle and Ingleton, or if you fancy something a bit more luxurious after a wearying day on the fells, book your group into Beech Tree self-catering holiday cottages, near Ingleton, which are used to accommodating guests completing the challenge. If you would prefer something catered, then check into Little Bank Country House, where rooms start at £75 per night, and are highly recommended by previous guests for the warm welcome and high levels of comfort.