Craven Herald, 31 May 2018
New guide to the Peaks trek
More and more people are tackling the Yorkshire Three Peaks -
often in a fundraising challenge - and the improving weather is
increasing the numbers. A new guide aims to help those takig on the
challenge. Leslie Tate reports.
AS we approach the longest day of the year - Thursday, June 21 - we also
approach the busiest time for those taking part in the gruelling Yorkshire
Three Peaks Challenge, writes Lesley Tate.
All manner of charities and organisations call on their supporters to
tackle the three peaks - Penyghent, Ingleborough and Whernside - to raise
money for their worthwhile causes.
Indeed a team from Craven Leisure in Skipton is due to tackle the peaks
next weekend (June 9) to raise money for Manorlands Hospice, and the pages
of the Craven Herald have been full in the last few weeks of groups carrying
out the challenge.
Those successfully completing the challenge - a distance of 24 miles with
a total ascent of 1.6km - in under 12 hours are considered to have done
well. Meanwhile, there are plenty of people who underestimate the peaks,
including those who have to be rescued by volunteers from the Clapham based
Cave Rescue Organisation (CRO).
Now, I have climbed all three peaks, Whernside, the tallest at 736
metres; Ingleborough, 724 metres, and Penyghent, 694 metres. But never one
after the other. I have seen plenty of walkers clearly on a mission to do
all three in daylight, but I would rather take my time, and enjoy the
experience - but then I do have the advantage of living nearby to go when I
want, and to put it off if the weather is inclement, which it can often be.
However, I am very tempted to join the ranks of walkers and fundraisers
with the publication of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Route Guide, by
Saltaire-based Tony and Chris Grogan.
First of all, the map is a useful, foldable A3 size., large enough to
read and small enough to pop into a roomy pocket, or small backpack. Opened
out, it covers the full, 24 mile circuit, with detailed, large scale mapping
and based on the latest OS maps - but with all the superfluous detail taken
There are clear helpful directions on the map itself. The guide includes
a route profile, along with mileage and suggested timings at each key point.
It is, say Chris and Tony, designed to help walkers get the most from
their adventure and to find their way easily and safely around the route, it
is also aimed at addressing some of the issues associated with the thousands
who visit the area every year.
Chris and Tony are highly aware of the impact of the estimated more than
70,000 people who visit the peaks, and how at peak times, it is not unusual
to see a thousand setting off at the start of the day - usually from
“It is also designed to help address a number of concerns that the rising
popularity of the challenge route has raised, with fell rescue service,
local residents and the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority,” they say.
They point out that last year, Clapham based Cave Rescue Organisation
(CRO) were called out to 91 incidents, many of which were to walkers of the
peaks, and including many who were ill prepared.
On one occasion, in November last year, when the nights were drawing in,
volunteers went to the aid of a man and a woman, in their early 20s at the
summit of Ingleborough. They were inadequately shod and clothed, had no
spare kit or food and only had mobile phones, for light and navigation.
Chris and Tony, mindful of the amount of traffic pouring into the area -
in 2012, Horton Parish Council engaged Colin Speakman to look at the traffic
issues in the village. He recommended people being encouraged to travel to
the area by train.
“A major opportunity,” said Colin “is to work with Northern Trains ... to
encourage many more three peaks walkers to travel to the area by train,
including using the railway to park and ride, thereby reducing their carbon
footprint and also pressure on car parking space in the village.”
The guide therefore encourages walkers to avoid early morning starts in
Horton by car, and instead to use the early morning daily train service to
start and finish at Ribblehead - next to Whernside.
“There is no official route or starting point, though the most popular
route is the one shown in the guide. Many choose to start in Horton, but
Ribblehead, with its early morning train service, makes a better starting
point. Whernside is climbed first, then Ingleborough, leading down to
Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Penyghent follows, then there is a seven mile trek
over Horton Moor to finish back at Ribblehead.”
A proportion of proceeds of the guide will be donated to the Three Peaks
Project, to help maintain the route and to protect the surrounding landscape
The guide also includes shorter walks - for those not wanting to do all
three at the same time. The three routes take a more leisurely route to each
summit and with a start point at railway stations at Horton and at
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Route Guide is published
by Skyware Ltd, priced £1.99. Available at: skyware.co.uk
Craven Herald & Pioneer, 20 Sept 2018
Horton-in-Ribblesdale residents' Three Peaks 'hell' prompts Skipton
and Ripon MP Julian Smith to seek answers
PROBLEMS of noise and disturbance caused to Horton-in-Ribblesdale
residents by organised walking groups taking the Three Peaks Challenge
have stirred Skipton and Ripon MP Julian Smith into action.
Mr Smith has written to the chief executive of the Yorkshire Dales
National Park Authority, David Butterworth, and says he is making
representations on behalf of a number constituents following concerns.
Last month the Craven Herald highlighted problems villagers were
faced with on a regular basis by large groups of people taking part in
the 24-mile walk, usually linked to a charity event.
Residents said they were disturbed by noise at all times of the day
and night through revellers on their way back from the hills, through
cars collecting walkers from outside the station, and through
loudhailers being used on the playing fields car park.
Bryan and Hilary Bowman, who live near the station, described the
situation as often being like “hell” with thousands of walkers passing
their door each year, some stopping to urinate nearby and others
verbally abusing them when they ask them not to park on private land.
The parish council has written on two occasions to the British Heart
Foundation whose organised charity walks prompted complaints of noise
from residents two years running.
The national park authority says it is developing a code of conduct
asking Three Peaks participants to respect those living along the route.
Andrew Blackburn, clerk of Horton-in-Ribblesdale Parish Council said:
“We are awaiting the code of conduct that Kate Hilditch of the Yorkshire
Dales National Park Authority is putting together, ratifying with the
YDNPA, then hopefully the Three Peaks Working Group and the parish
council will accept the new code and we can inform all participating
organisations and groups of what is expected/accepted practise.”
Walking guide publishers Skyware Press, of Saltaire, has had concern
of noise nuisance to residents for some time.
Their latest publication is a guide map, costing £1.99, of the
challenge route with suggestions to ensure the journey is safe and
doesn’t disturb local people.
Chris Grogan, of Skyware Ltd said: “This little guide is designed to
help walkers get the most from their adventure, to find their way easily
and safely around the route.
“It is also designed to help address a number of concerns that the
rising popularity of the challenge route has raised, with fell rescue
services, local residents and the national park authority.
“Our latest publication is a map of the challenge route that urges
walkers to have consideration if they start and finish their walk in
Horton-in-Ribblesdale but also to consider using the train and maybe
starting at Ribblehead.
“We work closely with the National Park and donate to their Three
Peaks Project from sales of the map.”
Mrs Grogan says as a guide publisher they want people to enjoy the
walks but has concerns of some people setting off ill equipped with
incorrect clothing or footwear and no spare kit or food.
This can result in the need for rescue by fell and cave rescue