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26 August, 2017
7:00 AM
Horton-in-Ribblesdale, os ref: SD810723

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St Vincent de Paul Society (SVP) in West Yorkshire invite you to take part in a sponsored “Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge” on 26th August to raise funds to support our work in the area.The Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk is a very demanding but rewarding walk. The Challenge will be lead by experienced walkers who will provide full safety support for the event, including a map of the route, refreshments, check points and back-up transport.

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To sign up or for more information, get in touch with Natalie on 0113 248 4126 or email


Event Information

Walking the three highest Peaks in Yorkshire is an exceptional achievement. Participants will climb:

Pen-y-Ghent (694m, 2277ft),

Whernside (736m, 2415ft) and

Ingleborough (723m, 2372ft)

Covering approximately 23 – 26 miles with a total ascent of 1672m, 5486ft within 10-12 hours.The information contained in this document will provide our participants with an overview of the challenge and its requirements.

Leaving early from Horton-in- Ribblesdale, walkers have to complete the challenge in

less than 12 hours, at which point you become a member of the SVP Yorkshire “Three

Peaks Club”.

Entry Fees & Registration

Each participant must register to take part, there is a £25 entry fee, (£10 for SVP staff and volunteers) which can also be gift aided, this is to help meet the organisation and administration costs, provision of refreshments etc. The donation is made at the point of registration via the website. Please Note: Once registered for the event, we will send you a welcome pack and communicate any further details to you via email wherever possible, please check your email address for updates, bulletins etc. regarding the challenge or go to the website for up to date information.

Fundraising & Sponsorship

We use the JustGiving and Virgin Giving websites to help raise funds and this saves you time on collecting sponsorship by enabling donors to contribute directly on line to your account and enables them to Gift Aid their donations which increases the income by 25% at no cost to them.

Many companies and organisations offer matched funding for their employees when supporting worthy causes. Why not ask your workplace whether they will match fund for your sponsorship – the company can claim tax relief and the SVP benefit enormously.

Speak to Natalie on 0113 248 4126 or email if you would like any advice or support with raising sponsorship


06:30AM The teams will meet at a central location in Horton in Ribblesdale (os ref: SD810723). Upon arrival participants will be briefed by the event co-ordinator on safety and route aspects.

07:00 AM We will depart at  and firstly ascend Pen-y-Ghent, continuing onto Whernside, then climbing Ingleborough, finally finishing back in Horton in Ribblesdale. Where you may decide to have refreshments or a much needed pint or two!!

Participants depart for Pen-y-Ghent via Brackenbottom, ascending through fields until the imposing hill face is reached. Scramble up the hill until the plateau is reached and then head to the trig point. Descend from Pen-y-Ghent, on the due west path and begin the ten mile stretch to Whernside. Stick to the paths as this area can be extremely boggy. Follow a track and the B6255 to Ribblehead Viaduct. Continue on the long slog past Blea station, up the dales way track before leaving it after Force Gill. The ascent is not hard just monstrous. Ingleborough can be seen from the trig point on a clear day. Descend the rocky path until Ivescar Farm is reached. Use the duct boarding to cross the marsh and reach the final steep accent of Ingleborough.


Environmental Considerations

The popularity of the Yorkshire three peaks challenge can create an increased environmental stress on the beautiful national park that is home to the Yorkshire three peaks. SVP follows the Institute of Fundraising’s code of practice and has its own principles on best practice.

Operating in small teams with our own transport we reduce the impact of such large events. Initially our teams are walking together, however teams soon spread out, limiting impact along the challenge.

All of our teams follow the same route and these are always over well paved footpaths, preventing any further footpath erosion. Our leaders all share a love for the mountain environment. They lead their team to a high standard, including the removal of all

litter, controlling impact in sensitive areas and sharing this knowledge and passion with their teams.

Fitness & Safety Considerations

Completing this challenge is no easy ambition, however with the right preparation, support and a heap load of determination the challenge is achievable to most.

Participants should plan some pre-event training which should include walking, swimming or cycling. Teams should be made aware that they will be doing a significant amount of cardio vascular exercise during the period.

SVP recommends that people with very little experience of training should seek expert advice to develop a suitable programme. Participants will find the challenge much more enjoyable if they arrive having done some form of preparation.

SVP will endeavour to make the event safe and enjoyable for the participants. However, the conditions found on the mountains in the UK can be unpredictable, so we therefore feel it prudent to make you aware of the following participation statement from the British Mountaineering Council;

 “The BMC recognises that climbing and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.”

In previous years, walkers camped across various campsites in the area. Please let us know if you are camping so we can look out for you!

Medical Considerations

Participants are responsible for any existing medical conditions which may affect their safety and ability during the challenge. Participants are asked to seek their doctors’ approval where medical conditions exist. Some participants may think it prudent to speak with a doctor prior to starting any fitness training in preparation. Each group will have a leader who will be able to deal with the common difficulties experienced during the challenge. The challenge leader will endeavour to pass on any medical details supplied to the emergency services in the event of any accidents or emergencies.

Equipment Requirements

A few items are very important to ensure that participants are able to complete the challenge

safely and in comfort:

Boots – if there is any one item which is essential it is a well fitting pair of walking boots. They should be in reasonable condition, with a good tread and provide ankle support. Please spend time walking in the boots to ensure that they do not rub, causing the classic problem of blisters.

Rucksack – Participants do not require large and expensive rucksacks (An average size is 25 litres). The equipment required for each stage of the event should easily fit into a rucksack of this size. Ideally rucksacks should provide ample shoulder padding with a padded waist belt. Please also protect your equipment by using a rucksack liner or tough plastic bag.

Waterproof layers – Participants should be aware that the weather even in June can be wet and windy. A windproof and waterproof jacket and trousers should be carried throughout the event.

Warm layers – SVP recommend that all participants follow the principle of layering. A number of clothing layers is preferable to one substantial fleece or equivalent. Participants should carry, as a minimum, one layer of trousers/thermal shirt, with two additional layers for the upper body. This should include at least one lightweight fleece. A warm hat and gloves are also essential kit in the rucksack. Spare clothing can be kept in the minibus dependent on the prevailing weather conditions and also spare socks if their feet become wet.

Further equipment in rucksack – lightweight (approx. 35ltrs):

■ Spare high energy food (chocolate, etc) However this will be provided at each check point

■ Water containers (minimum 2 litres) Bottled water will be provided at each checkpoint

■ NB: Lunch and hot/cold drinks will be provided before ascending Whernside and Ingleborough

■ Sun glasses

■ Sun block

■ Sun hat (weather dependent)

■ Flask

■ Spare clothing