Pen-y-ghent: Walk Information

A 35 mile circular walk through three of the spectacular Yorkshire Dales, Ribblesdale, Littondale & Malhamdale, taking in the ascent of one of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks.

Day1: Settle to Horton in Ribblesdale (8.2m)

Settle is a bustling market town, with market day being every Tuesday. Home of the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway Line, you may be lucky enough to experience the sight of steam engines on the historic line. Leave Settle via the Ribble Way, mostly following the river upstream to Horton in Ribblesdale, the traditional starting point of the Three Peaks Walk. The Settle to Carlisle Railway Line runs through the village.

Day 2: Horton in Ribblesdale to Litton (10m)

Leave Horton via the Pennine Journey if you want to avoid the ascent of Pen-y-ghent. Otherwise follow the footpath leading you to the Peak. The name is thought to have come from the Welsh for Head of the Winds, so be warned! Pen-y-ghent is 694 m (2,277 ft) high. From the summit follow the footpath over Plover Hill, and join the Pennine Journey to Foxup. From Foxup you can either follow the river, bypassing the hamlet of Halton Gill, or take a short detour into the village, and say hello to the team in the Brigantes office! While you are here you can make use of Katie’s Cuppa’s, a do-it-yourself, honesty box tearoom (with toilet)! Rejoin the riverside footpath, and continue to Litton.

Day 3: Litton to Malham (10m)

Follow the riverside footpath to Arncliffe, of Water Babies and Emmerdale Farm fame, then continue onto Monks Lane eventually arriving at Malham Tarn, Water Sinks, Dry Valley, and descend Malham Cove (via the steps!) into Malham.

Day 4: Malham to Settle (6m)

Follow the footpath past Hill Top bunkbarn, turn left at Burns Barn, passing Butterlands Barn, and join the Dales Highway which you will then continue on to Settle.