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
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
MARK REID is the author of 17 walking guidebooks including ‘The Inn Way’ series. He is a qualified Walking Group Leader, Hill & Moorland Leader and Mountain Leader, and has an unrivalled knowledge of the history and geography of the North of England; he also has a BA (Hons) Geography degree from the University of Lancaster. Mark Reid has walked over 20,000 miles of footpaths over the 20 years, and has taken over 10,000 people out walking in the countryside. Mark has appeared on ITV YORKSHIRE on the TV walks series ‘A Breath of Fresh Air’ along with ITV weatherman Jon Mitchell, as well as ITV1’s The Dales.
EXPERIENCE, FITNESS & INFORMATION
- This is a long distance challenge walk that covers 34-km (21 miles) in a single day, with 1,200m of ascent and three hill/fell summits (one at 610m, two over 700m) that will take around 11 hours to complete. It is a long and demanding walk, with rough terrain in places as well as high ground across moorland, hills and fells.
- A good level of fitness and stamina will be required to complete this walk; preparation and training will be necessary.
- Successful completion of this walk will depend upon your own level of fitness, stamina and preparation, as well as good fitting boots and no minor injuries along the walk, such as blisters, pulled muscles or sore knees etc. By taking part in this guided walk, you understand and accept the risks involved in undertaking a long distance challenge walk. Participation of this guided walk is no guarantee of successful completion.
- We can provide full outdoor walking gear, including waterproof jackets, trousers, fleeces, rucksacks, gloves and hats.
- We are fully insured (public, civil & professional indemnity insurance)
- All of our instructors are fully qualified and experienced Mountain Leaders
- So far, we have taken over 10,000 people out walking, and have a wealth of experience dealing with all ages and abilities.
- Part of the attraction of valley, hill and mountain walking is the challenge of tackling different terrains, landscapes and weather conditions. Every effort is made to minimise potential hazards; however, the very nature of hill and mountain walking involves a certain level of unavoidable risk of accident and/or injury. By taking part in this activity, you are aware of and accept these risks.
- Our walks are suitable for all ages. Under 18s (minimum age 14) may attend if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. The child must be accompanied at all times during the walk by their parent/legal guardian.
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