Completed the Yorkshire 3 Peaks for the first time yesterday.  A leisurely walk with the Northumbria LDWA group.  The route was Whernside – Ingleborough – Pen y Ghent (WIP) starting at Ribblehead.

The weather at the beginning was not nice with a stiff wind bringing with it low cloud and constant rainfall some of it quite heavy.  Needless to say the summit of Whernside was no place to linger and I confess to not noticing the trig point marking the top!

By the time we’d descended, a tricky path in the wet, the rain had stopped and the cloud was showing signs of breaking up.  It wouldn’t rain again for the rest of the day.

The group of nearly 30 had stretched out a bit by the time of reaching the base of Whernside so a regrouping was needed.  Chris, Joe and I then decided to make our way to the farm tea stop between Whernside and Ingleborough.  A tea and toilet stop.  The group had decided to split and soon the front group reach the farm but didn’t stop.  We waited for the second group.  After a discussion about the election we then headed off a group two.

Chris and I led from the front heading up Ingleborough and passed the first group just down from the trig point as they were heading down and we were heading up.  When making our way down from the trig Joe had also walked ahead of the second group and we descended as a group of 3.  We soon reached the front group who’d stopped for lunch. We joined them but they soon packed up and left us.  We waited expecting the second group to reach us, but they never did.  For the rest of the day we walked as a group of 3 and didn’t see the first or second groups again.

The weather got better and better and when we reached Horton in Ribblesdale we were able to enjoy a coffee and ice cream sitting outside in the sun.  Lots of 3 Peakers were finishing their circuits as we sat there.  As a newbie to this route I was really surprised by both the popularity (lots of bunk barns).  I liked that there were clockwise and anti-clockwise walkers, and walkers who set off from different places.  We were doing WIP. The classic is PWI.  But there were IWPs, IPWs and PIWs walking the route.

I’d not done any walking in the Yorkshire Dales in the years living in the North East.  But I don’t understand why because the journey to Middleton, then Brough, Kirby Stephen and then Hawes is pleasant and takes about 2-hours.  Now I’ve stood on the top of Pen y Ghent twice in the matter of a month.

Timings

08:36 Left Ribblehead
09:45ish Whernside summit
11:24 – 11:56 Farm cafe
12:59 Ingleborough summit
15:07 – 15:36 Horton in Ribblesdale
16:44 Pen y Ghent summit
19:28 Ribblehead

Stats from Moves App

54,883 steps
42.6 km (26.47 miles) [not sure Moves is very accurate]
9:05 hours walking time
2851 calories burned