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Three world-famous National Parks, three Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, wild moors, rolling hills, rugged coastline and stunning views around every turn. Yorkshire is made for walking and Bedale is the perfect place to explore them all.
For those who like a real challenge, Yorkshire’ superstars, the Three Peaks Challenge is a must . The Yorkshire Three Peaks walk is a famous challenge walk in the Yorkshire Dales, taking in three of the highest summits in the area; Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.
Each of these hills is worthy of spending a day on but each year many walkers attempt to walk all three in less than 12 hours. The route is 24.5 miles (39km) long and has over 5,000 feet (1,600m) of ascent. If you make it in 12 hours or under, you can join the Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club, provided you’ve clocked out and in again at the Pen-y-ghent Café in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Horton-in-Ribblesdale is a popular starting point and has a train station, so save your energy for the walk and leave your car at home.
NOTE – the route for the Yorkshire 3 Peaks has changed and all visitors doing the walk must use the new 2013 routes, which are downloadable too. A stretch from Pen Y Gent was so waterlogged after last year’s rains that walkers found themselves up to their waists in mud! So this section has been rerouted, adding a short distance to the walk.
Fancy a short walk? With miles and miles of country lanes, unspoilt villages, canal towpaths, lush valleys, archaeological sites and wildflower meadows, you’re spoilt for choice. Take a look at Northallerton Striders for a great selection of shorter local walks.