Outdoor Adventures

Wharfedale Three Peaks Yorkshire Dales challenge walk

With Mark Reid author of ‘The Inn Way’ & Mountain Leader

Birks Fell – Buckden Pike – Great Whernside
34 km (21 miles) – 1,200 metres of ascent – 11 hours

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The Wharfedale Three Peaks Challenge is a new hill-walking challenge that takes in the summits of Birks Fell (610m), Buckden Pike (702m) and Great Whernside (704m), the three mighty fells that enclose Upper Wharfedale.

Mark Reid knows Upper Wharfedale like the back of his hand and will guide you around this route (whilst sharing his knowledge of the area), so that you can forget about navigation and enjoy the fantastic views and wonderful landscapes instead.

It is a demanding walk that must be approached with preparation and training, but it is also an extremely rewarding walk that will be remembered for many years, for the views and landscapes along the way are simply breath-taking, from stunning valleys to wild moors and lonely fells.

Route: Kettlewell, Old Cote Moor, Birks Fell, Horse Head Pass, Yockenthwaite, Scar House, Cray, Buckden Pike, Memorial Cross, Great Whernside, Hag Dyke and back to Kettlewell. The walk is 34 km (21 miles) with 1,200 metres of ascent.

Highlights include: Broad moorland ridge between Wharfedale and Littondale, wild moorland of Birks Fell, superb views on the descent from Horse Head, Langstrothdale Chase, Wharfedale’s highest pub, Roman road, stunning views from the summit of Buckden PIke, WWII Memorial Cross, monastic roads and Iron Age defensive ditches, the plateau of Great Whernside and the highest chapel in England.

This guided walk is designed for solo or small groups of walkers who want to take on the Wharfedale Three Peaks challenge walk, but don’t want to worry about route finding.

  • Fully guided walk with Mark Reid (Mountain Leader)
  • Experience the camaraderie of walking a challenge route with other like-minded walkers
  • Discover the history, heritage, flora and fauna of Wharfedale
  • Share your sense of achievement with your fellow walkers
  • Raise money for your own chosen charity, if you wish
  • Small group sizes – maximum 10 people per walk
  • You are GUARANTEED not to get lost on our guided walk!

OUTLINE OF THE DAY

7:45am: Meet at Kettlewell, Wharfedale
8am – 7pm: Guided walk around the Wharfedale Three Peaks challenge
7pm: Well deserved celebratory drink at the Racehorses Hotel at Kettlewell

NB: Finish time is approximate

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This includes:

  • Full details of what to wear, bring and expect along the walk
  • Guided walk around the Wharfedale Three Peaks challenge, with Mark Reid
  • Completers' Certificate
  • Use of our outdoor gear if required.
  • TeamWalking Loyalty Reward scheme
NB: Please provide a packed lunch, lots of snack food and plenty of water for this walk, as well as a good pair of walking boots. Please see the Walk Overview for full details of what to wear, bring and general advice.
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