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Ribblesdale and the 3 Peaks Region

Ribblesdale is one of the Western Dales whose river, the Ribble, runs from its source at Cam Beck and Gayle Beck near to the famous Ribblehead viaduct, which carries the steam trains from Settle to Carlisle, to its mouth, the Irish Sea.

Ribblesdale runs south from the Ribblehead and Whernside, the highest of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks. It continues between Ingleborough and Pen-y-Ghent, the other two peaks that make up the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.

It stretches through Selside, Horton-In-Ribblesdale, Helwith Bridge, Stainforth and Langcliffe and past the bustling market town of Settle.

To the south of Settle the Ribble passes out of the Yorkshire Dales into gentler landscapes. It passes between the moors of Bowland and Pendle Witch Country, past Preston and to the Irish Sea between Lytham St Annes and Southport.

The Yorkshire Dales 3 Peaks Challenge is undertaken by thousands of people each year. The challenge starts and finishes at the Pen-y-Ghent café in Horton-In-Ribblesdale, about 2 miles from the Helwith Bridge Inn and takes in the ascents of Pen-y-Ghent (2277 ft), Whernside (2415 ft) and Ingleborough (2372ft) The route is 24.5 miles, involves 5,000 feet of ascent and is to be completed in 12 hours.

Other long distance walks that pass through the region are the Pennine Way, Dales Way, Dales Highway and Ribble Way.