Pen-y-ghent Café

Horton-in-Ribblesdale North Yorkshire BD24 0HE

The walkers' café par excellence is the focal point of the small village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale – it's well-known as the starting-point for climbs up fabulous Pen-y-ghent itself, the Dales' favourite peak, while hundreds, if not thousands, a year also use the café as launchpad for the gruelling Three Peaks Walk, a 25-mile, 12-hour marathon that takes in Yorkshire's three highest peaks, Pen-y-ghent included. Food and drink here is just what's required – big mugs of tea, all-day breakfasts, chilli bowls, warming soups, hot sandwiches, homemade cakes – while you can pack a picnic and get your flask filled too. There's a well-stocked shop for maps, guides and walking gear, and advice and encouragement is freely handed out over the counter. You need to call in advance if you want to use their check in-check-out safety service – but in any case the caff is the most welcome sight you'll see at the end of any day out in the hills hereabouts.

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