Date: Friday 9th July 2021
Duration: 3 days
Location: Yorkshire Dales National Park
Entry fee: £80
Minimum sponsorship: £550
Join #TeamStGiles for the Three Peaks Weekend
Ready to go the extra mile for your local hospice? The Yorkshire Three Peaks, in the Yorkshire Dales, represents a challenge for the keenest of walkers. You’ll scale three mountains in two days – no mean feat! But as part of #TeamStGiles, you’ll be supported every step of the way.
This trek provides an exhilarating and demanding tour of some of the most spectacular countryside England has to offer. A region shaped by glaciers many thousands of years ago, characterised by striking limestone outcrops and unusual rock formations. View the famous Ribblehead Viaduct en-route, part of the scenic Settle to Carlisle railway line.
Your base is brilliantly-located on a friendly campsite with great facilities and views.
Day 1: Arrive at camp, Yorkshire Dales
You will arrive late afternoon at your campsite near Chapel-le-Dale, nestled between two of the three peaks. After dinner and a thorough trip briefing you will have chance to prepare your kit and get a good night’s sleep, ready for tomorrow’s strenuous challenge!
Day 2: Ingleborough & Wernside
After a hearty breakfast you will begin walking south through the broad green dale, criss-crossed with dry-stone walls. Ingleborough’s stepped shape – due to its alternating layers of limestone, sandstone and shale – rises before you. Whernside, the second peak, dominates the landscapes behind. As you pass through the village of Chapel-le-Dale, you will soon reach the base of Ingleborough (723m), where a stepped path zig-zags fairly steadily to the summit of your first peak. Soak up the views over the surrounding dramatic landscapes, an area of rocky outcrops and limestone scars, and the impressive sight of the famous 400m-long Ribblehead Viaduct, built in the 1870s.
You begin to descend along a ridge to the valley below, where you will walk parallel to the Settle – Carlisle Railway, enjoying a flattish section! You will then pass through Ribblehead, at the head of Chapel-le-Dale, and can admire the Viaduct from close quarters.
From here you can also see the distinctive whale-back shape of Whernside (736m). We pass numerous limestone escarpments and outcrops; this amazing scenery provides wonderful motivation to keep those legs moving! You gradually begin your ascent, following a slabbed path all the way to the summit. The last section is particularly steep but your efforts are rewarded with the views – on a good day you can see across to Morecambe Bay on the west coast – and the knowledge that it’s not far back to camp! After a short break you will come down steeply off the mountain and trek the relatively short and flat distance to camp, where you will enjoy a great evening meal with fellow trekkers. Distance covered: approx. 12 miles.
Day 3: Pen y Ghent and depart
A short drive (15-20 mins) to Horton in Ribblesdale, where you take the Pennine Way towards your third and final peak – the distinctive stepped outcrop of Pen-y-Ghent. As you ascend, enjoy good views back towards Horton and across to yesterday’s achievements: Whernside and Ingleborough. Clear, well-worn paths lead quite steeply up to the summit; there are some steep stone steps too. Enjoy time at the summit (694m) to take in the views before taking a westerly path down off the mountain and loop round to Horton once more (exact route may depend on group ability), feeling pretty pleased with yourself and your accomplishments! You will then say goodbye to the new friends made, the incredible scenery conquered, and the pride in knowing you have completed something amazing for your local hospice! Distance covered: 8 miles.
This is a tough and rewarding weekend in steep, rugged country, offering an unforgettable sense of achievement.
Sign up on your own or with friends, family or colleagues to be a part of #TeamStGiles. After registration we will support you every step of the trek, with information on effective training, fundraising and sponsorship tips, kit lists, local information and answer any questions you might have.
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We’re here for you… because you’re here for us
“St Giles was like a home from home for us. Staff were amazing and giving something back by taking part in fundraising events has really helped us come to terms with his loss.”
Every time sisters Ellen & Laura Knowles look to the stars, they think of their dad, Alf, who died at St Giles. So when they got the chance to join an overnight trek up Mount Snowdon on Ellen’s birthday they decided it would be the perfect way to honour his memory.
Ellen and Laura signed up a team of 14 friends and family members to join the night-time trek in August 2019, raising an amazing £5,700 for St Giles Hospice.
“We’d already done the 25km Trekfest for Dad but I thought that trekking up Snowdon through the night on my birthday would be extra special.” said Ellen.
“Reaching the summit was beautiful – something I’d definitely recommend doing. It was gruelling but, because we were a team of very close family and friends all doing it for dad, we kept each other going.
“He would have been so proud of what we’ve achieved and it’s great to think that more people will get the same end of life care as Dad because of it.”
Since Alf died Ellen and her family have raised more than £30,000 for St Giles Hospice in his memory taking part in treks and organising events.
Please join Ellen and fundraise for St Giles to help us to support local people and their families, living with a terminal illness.