(Map source: Andrew’s walks website http://www.andrewswalks.co.uk/pen-y-ghentmaps.html)
My passion for hill walking was reignited after our recent holiday in the Lake District. So while I had the chance I took a day off work so that we could head over to the Yorkshire Dales to to attempt to conquer another mountain – Peny-y-ghent.
Pen-y-ghent, together with Whernside and Ingleborough, is one of the “Yorkshire Three Peaks” which form the basis of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, the aim is which is to climb all three mountains, usually in under 12 hours.
We drove over to Horton in Ribblesdale, about an hour and a half away from home, parked up and set off. We decided to adopt the most popular route – up via Bracken Bottom and then down the other side.
The start of the walk took us through some typical Yorkshire Dales rolling limestone country
Pen-y-ghent came into view. Covered in mist it looked rather menancing
But the mist cleared as we approached the mountain revealing its dramatic outline
It’s a made of limestone topped with a cap of hard gritstone.
We joined the route of the Pennine Way and the climb started to get steeper. There were a couple of more hairy vertical scrambles up the gritstone
We finally made it to the summit to be greeted by views towards Ingleborough and Whernside, the other two “Three Peaks”. The scenery isn’t as dramatic as the Lake District and the grey cloudy day with flat light didn’t bring out the best of the landscape. But you get what you get and we were grateful that the mist had cleared.
We set back down the other side, following the rout of the Pennine Way.
A short steep section followed by a gentle descent down the ridge before taking the path almost a couple of miles along a relatively flat landscape. This is the view looking back towards the mountain.
The landscape here wasn’t so exciting but we took a short detour to visit the very dramatic Hull Pot, the largest natural hole in the UK
The steam running into the pot, which creates a waterfall in wetter weather, was dry, but it was still a dramatic sight.
Continuing the walk back to Horton – a shot looking back over the limestone outcrops to Pen-y-ghent
Coming back down to the village – with the summit of Ingleborough on the horizon
But one hill was enough for us so we headed to the Pen-y-ghent cafe for a well earned mug of very good tea.