The Three Peaks area covers about 160 square kilometres of upland in the Pennines, with internationally famous limestone scenery. Much of the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, owing to the special nature and fragility of its upland ecosystem.
Whernside, Ingleborough and Penyghent, the Three Peaks, all around 700 metres high, are probably the most popular outdoor areas in the Yorkshire Dales National Park due to the wild landscape, the limestone features, and the hill walking potential. As many as 120,000 people climb Ingleborough each year.
The combination of high rainfall, poor drainage, and thousands of boots tramping across fragile vegetation have brought massive footpath erosion and damage to the natural ecology. As a result, the National Park has established several innovatory schemes to repair paths and safeguard the environment whilst preserving the natural wilderness feel.
Ribblehead, at the top of Ribblesdale, is in the centre of the Three Peaks and is itself famous for the Ribblehead Viaduct where the Settle-Carlisle Railway crosses the boggy moor. This was the site of an infamous shanty town during the railway construction, a task which required many tunnels, viaducts and bridges, and cost many lives. The ascent of Whernside is tackled from the Ribblehead area.
Further down the dale, Horton in Ribblesdale is a stopping off point for Pennine Way walkers and for the ascent of Pen-y-ghent. Dominated by its limestone quarry, it is a useful base for exploring upper Ribblesdale. The dales road continues through Stainforth, whose ford was replaced by a graceful packhorse bridge in the 1670s, and past Langcliffe to Settle, the market town for the area, overlooked by the enormous limestone crag of Castleberg.
Settle's market charter goes back to 1249, and on Tuesdays its Market Place is filled with a variety of colourful stalls, overlooked by the unusual two storey arched Shambles. Settle has retained many of its old buildings and its intimate atmosphere, with a wide range of small, independent shops. Nearby Giggleswick is an interesting village, well known for its public school.
Settle is by-passed from the A65 Leeds-Kendal road, which continues north west to Clapham, also by-passed.
More wooded than most Dales villages, Clapham is an excellent base for exploring Ingleborough and the limestone landscape north of the village.
The Farrer family rebuilt Ingleborough Hall, planted thousands of trees, and transformed the village. They discovered and opened up Ingleborough Cave as a visitor attraction, now forming an outlet to the famous Gaping Gill system. The Reginald Farrer nature trail commemorates his exploits travelling the world in search of plants and new species. Every autumn is the Three Peaks Cycle Race.
Close to Clapham, Austwick is the site of the famous Norber Erratics. These are boulders carried by a glacier during the late Ice Age and dumped on this limestone plateau.
The limestone supporting them has been eroded away by rain and wind, leaving the huge boulders supported on small pedestals of white limestone.
Further north west, Ingleton provides another route to walk up Ingleborough, and is famous for its Waterfall Walk through the local ‘glens’. Village streets are narrow and winding, centred on the tiny market place.
On the Hawes road from Ingleton, White Scar Cave is open daily and features the longest show cave in Britain.
This Ingleton Caravan and Camping Site benefits from an on site leisure centre with indoor pool, sauna and gym. It is secluded with beautiful 3 peaks views. All caravan pitches have hard standing and electricity. Facilities include toilet and shower block and drying room.
The Harts Head Inn is a 4 Diamond Country Inn in Giggleswick, within easy walking distance of Settle. Offering 10 en-suite bedrooms with a first class restaurant menu, wide range of ales and an emphasis on service and quality, Harts Head makes a superb location for a holiday or short break.
With stunning views of Three Peak's Ingleborough, this large character cottage style apartment boasts exposed beams and cosy log burning stove. It comfortably sleeps 6 with king size master bedroom, family room and flexible sofa bed. Moorgarth Hall is an ideal base for exploring the Lakes and Dales.
Inglefall Cottage is a large cottage for family and friends holidays or outdoor activity short breaks. It is near the Ingleton Waterfalls walk in Ingleton centre. Cosy accommodation with 2 woodburners and up to two well behaved dogs welcome. Combine with next door Jasmine Cottage for group accommodation of up to 11.
Cowper Cottage offers 4 Diamond Silver Award B&B accommodation near the Ribble Way long distance path, offering a wonderful view of open countryside with Pen-y-Ghent in the distance. Locally there is the Yorkshire Dales 3 Peaks, numerous short walks and easy access to Dales attractions.
A truly contemporary Yorkshire Dales country house hotel. Stylish and sophisticated but not at all stuffy, offering the warmest of welcomes, superb boutique style accommodation and delicious food in our bar and brasserie.
Two delightful riverside cottages in a wonderful setting by the River Greta with free fishing, extensive grounds and woodlands. The cottages are pet friendly with bike storage and offer easy access to the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks, the Trough of Bowland and the Lake District.
This high quality B&B accommodation in the centre of Settle and the Yorkshire Three Peaks region offers 6 delightfully individual en suite rooms blending period decor with modern features. There is a ground floor room which is also pet friendly, guest parking and secure bicycle storage is available.
Lundholme Farm offers 2 beautiful barn conversion cottages; Low Barn Cottage sleeping 6, Holme View sleeping 4 and a static caravan sleeping 6. Book them all for group accommodation for 16 people. Cottage with disability access. Stables available. Free Trout Fishing. Free Wifi. Pets welcome.
Jasmine Cottage is a small cottage for couples holidays or small family short breaks. It is in the heart of Ingleton near the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. Cosy accommodation with underfloor heating and up to two well behaved dogs welcome. Combine with next door Inglefall Cottage for group accommodation of up to 11.
Barnstead Bunk Barn offers self catering accommodation for 22 people. Old Stable Cottage sleeping 2 -4 can be booked together or separately. Both bunkbarn and cottage are ideal bases from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales. Guests are welcome to enjoy the on site leisure centre with pool, sauna and gym
Bunkbarn accommodation in Yorkshire 3 Peaks area offering low cost, simple, yet comfortable accommodation for up to 46 party members plus 4 separate staff/leader places. Facilities include: conference room, recreational area in separate barn, camping area, full catering by arrangement.
Historic Yorkshire Dales pub accommodation with superb food, between the Yorkshire Three Peaks of Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent. Also member of the Caravan Club, offering hard standing for 5 caravans. Winston Churchill used to stay at Old Hill Inn for fishing holidays.
This cosy holiday cottage is ideally located in historic Upper Settle. With a woodburning stove, fabulous views across Settle to the hills beyond, plus a lovely private garden, this is delightful place to stay. Within walking distance are shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs serving good food.
Ingleton and the surrounding area welcomes holidaymakers and boasts a range of holiday accommodation catering from Hotels and B&Bs to Cottages and Bunkbarns.
Broadrake is at the foot of Whernside in the scattered hamlet of Chapel-le-Dale and a stone's throw from the Three Peaks Challenge Walk with spectacular views to Ribblehead and Ingleborough. Self catering accommodation near Ingleton and Settle for 20, superb first floor communal space with kitchen facilities.
4 Cottages near Ingleton Yorkshire Three Peaks area sleeps 2 to 7, ideal for an individual or group holiday for up to 20 people. Set in 6 acres of open countryside with easy access to the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Forest Of Bowland, the cottages are great for family and outdoor pursuits holidays.
Peaceful 4 Star country Guest House acommodation in Ingleton, Yorkshire Three Peaks area offering Dinner, Bed and Breakfast. Relaxing base for touring Yorkshire Dales and Lakedistrict or outdoor pursuits; walking, fishing, cycling and potholing. Free wifi, secure garage for bikes and drying facilities available.
B&B with good, home cooked breakfasts on a working dairy farm in a peaceful position with wonderful views near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Explore this stunning walking area with limestone crags, birdsong and wild flower meadows. Children at half price and dogs by arrangement.
West View is a converted barn set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park providing comfortable, centrally heated accommodation for individuals, private groups (including walkers, climbers, cavers) or professional training groups for corporate bonding sessions.
In the unspoilt old market town of Settle at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Oast Guest House welcomes vegans, traditional vegetarians and people who require special diets for bed and breakfast with optional dinner.
Horton Villa is located in the heart of Horton in Ribblesdale, a stunning Yorkshire Dales village which is the start of the legendary Three Peaks walk. The house has been carefully and sympathetically restored during 2014 and aims to provide a comfortable stay and a warm welcome to hikers and drivers alike!
Bed and breakfast accommodation convenient for the Yorkshire Dales and for tourists visiting the Settle and Skipton area. Also ideal for those travelling on the A65 towards the Lake District.
Seed Hill Guest House is situated in the centre of Ingleton village, close to the famous Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. It offers en-suite rooms for short breaks, walking and biking holidays as well as storage for bikes, a drying room and private carpark.
Six beautiful holiday cottages in Ingleton sleeping 2 to 8 people in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales offering 3, 4 and 7 night breaks. 4 Star 2010-2015 Official English Tourist Board Gold Award. 10 Minute walk into village. Each cottage has a cosy log burner and one offers disabled facilities. Dog friendly accommodation.
Two beautiful, self-contained holiday apartments provide the perfect retreat in which to relax and unwind and are ideal for couples, small families or small groups of friends. They have a fresh, contemporary style and have been converted to a very high standard from the old shippon and dairy. Pets welcome.
The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Paul Shorrock explores each of the Yorkshire 3 peaks through six day walks before moving on to the whole challenge. Includes OS 25k large scale mapping of all the walking routes.
The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk: A 25 Mile Circular Walk Starting in Horton in Ribblesdale A detailed description of the 25-mile circular 3 Peaks walk of of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough Useful particularly for preparing the novice walker.
OS Explorer ACTIVE OL2 Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western areas (OS Explorer Map Active) lets you explore South and West Yorkshire Dales. Highlights include: Skipton, The Pennine Way, Settle and The Yorkshire three peaks, Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent.