The Pen-y-ghent Cafe is a popular destination to start the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. The cafe is very close to the National Park Car Park in Horton-in-Ribblesdale and offers a checking-in and checking-out system to officially record your time.
The cafe is also a shop and stocks any items you may have forgotten: clothing, torches, batteries, first aid supplies, food, maps and much more.
Standard Opening Hours
The cafe operates reduced hours during the winter. Please contact the cafe for up-to-date opening times if you are attempting a challenge during the winter season.
The cafe has a car park for short-staying customers and is often used by cyclists, motor bikers and hikers.
You cannot park at the Pen-y-ghent Cafe whilst completing the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Checking in and Checking out
If the Pen-y-ghent Cafe is closed, put a note in the cafe’s letterbox before setting off. Include the following on your note:
- Full name
- Time of leaving (using the cafe’s clock)
Return to the cafe and ask a member of staff to clock you out.
If the cafe is closed put a note in the cafe’s letterbox showing the following details:
- Full name
- Time of return (using the cafe’s clock)
- Email address (or postal address if you do not have an email)
- Contact phone number
It is traditionally regarded as an achievement to complete the Yorkshire Three Peaks within 12 hours. Those who use the checking-in/out system and complete the challenge within 12 hours are invited to the Three Peaks of Yorkshire Club.
From 1967 until 2009, Pen-y-ghent Cafe offered a safety service for anyone attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks. It was taken seriously if anyone failed to return and sometimes the rescue services were called upon.
This service is no longer available.
Tel: 01729 860333