Pen-y-ghent Cafe

The Pen-y-ghent Cafe is Closed Until Further Notice

Dear Customers/Friends

Our opening hours have recently been reduced and we are very sorry if they haven’t met your needs.

For a number of reasons outside of our control, we will be closing on Monday 3rd September 2018 for a prolonged period and until further notice.

We profoundly regret letting you down and causing disappointment or inconvenience, and wish to stress this decision has not been taken lightly.

We hope your trip here today is enjoyable

With warmest regards

All at Pen-y-ghent Cafe

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

Monday 9.00am-5.30pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 9.00am-5.30pm
Thursday 9.00am-5.30pm
Friday 9.00am-5.30pm
Saturday 8.00am-5.30pm
Sunday 8.00am-5.30pm

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

Setting-out Procedure

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)

Returning Procedure

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.

Safety Service

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.

Contact Details

Pen-y-ghent Cafe
North Yorkshire
BD24 0HE

Tel: 01729 860333
Email: [email protected]

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