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Y3P Challenge Route Times

By 25th July 2020January 5th, 2021Summer, Tips, Walking


These tables show typical times for the Yorkshire Three Peaks (Y3P) Challenge route.  This shows you how long each section should take, so that you complete the Y3P Challenge in 12 hours. This will help you plan how fast you should walk.


There are three tables, once for each start-point: Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead and the Old Hill Inn. From each of the three start points, you have two choices – to walk the circuit clockwise or anti-clockwise. This will dictate which mountain you climb first (and last).

Tables showing the Y3P Challenge route times

Column 1 – Time to Next Point

There are three columns for each route choice. The first column shows how many hours it will take to reach the next named point. For example, for the Horton Anti-Clockwise route, it should take (at most) 2 hours to reach the summit of Pen-y-Ghent.

Column 2 – Cumulative Time at Next Point

The second column shows the cumulative time, or total elapsed time, from the starting point to the named point in question. For example, on the Horton Anti-Clockwise route, it should take at most 5 hours and 15 minutes to reach Ribblehead (2.00 + 1.45 + 1.30).

Column 3 – Time of Day at Next Point

The third column shows the actual time of day that  you should reach the named point, assuming a starting time of 06.30am. For example, on the Horton Anti-Clockwise route, starting at 06.30am and reaching Ribblehead 5 hours and 15 minutes later would mean that you should arrive at 11.45am.

Other Points

You will see that these times mean that you complete the Y3P Challenge in exactly 12 hours, so that assumes that you will have maintained a constant speed throughout. In reality, many people will get increasingly tired and move slower towards the end. This means that you should be aiming to complete the earlier sections in less than the time shown.

These times already include any rests that you decide to take – there is no ‘extra’ time for resting!

See our full article giving lots of information, advice and top tips on everything from route choice to kit and training – and on to the natural world around you.