|Walk:||Horton Bridge, Brackenbottom, Pen-y-Ghent, Plover Hill, Foxup Moor, Hull Pot|
|Start Point:||Lay-by at Horton Bridge||Grid Reference:||SD 811 720|
|Distance:||9.3 miles||Ascent:||2,000 feet|
|Weather:||A dry and mainly sunny day with a cold wind on the ridge.|
|Comments:||A healthy looking group of 13 set off in
glorious sunshine to start the 1400 foot climb to the summit of
Pen-y-ghent. Leaving the village we passed through the small hamlet
of Brackenbottom to start the ascent which grew increasingly steep
and rocky with excellent views across to the smooth outline of
Fountains Fell. On reaching the summit cairn it was time for a well
earned break with everyone finding shelter from a cold wind which
had suddenly appeared. The view from the summit was superb with
Ingleborough and Whernside dominating the landscape. The route
continued along the ridge (unfortunately on the unsheltered side of
the wall) joining Pen-y-ghent with Plover Hill which was quite wet
and boggy in places. However, we all managed to avoid most of the
really bad patches and we arrived at the summit of Plover Hill in a
reasonably presentable state. The descent from Plover Hill started
off quite gently before reaching a short but very steep section to
Foxup Moor and down to a clear path to start the return journey back
to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. The walk along the valley was easy going
on a nice, grassy path with excellent views up to Pen-y-ghent on the
left. The stop for lunch about half way along the valley and with
the sun shining on us it made a most pleasant break. Continuing on
our way we soon reached the magnificent chasm of Hull Pot which was
thoroughly investigated by all concerned and where cameras were
working overtime. From Hull Pot we rejoined the main path which took
us back safely to Horton-on-Ribblesdale.
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Pen-y-ghent can be seen clearly from the car park
Ingleborough comes into view as we start to climb . . .
along an easy grassy path
Pen-y-ghent draws closer . . .
and the limestone becomes more evident . . .
with some sharper ascents en route
The sun highlights the escarpment on the Southern end of Pen-y-ghent . . .
whilst Plover Hill sits under a cloudy patch
The troops gather as we pause in the sun
We join the Pennine Way . . .
to climb up to the summit . . .
navigating some rockier sections
We find shelter from the cold wind for elevenses . . .
whilst some of the group choose the seats for their spot
Another view over to Ingleborough, the last on the Three Peaks Walk'
Plover Hill doesn't have much of a cairn to boast about - but it does have some good views . . .
including Ribblehead viaduct with Whernside, the second in the 'Three Peaks Walk', to the right
Another sunny spot marks our lunch stop
Don't get too close, John, or you may disappear with the water!
Ray and Ian take a close up look . . .
at the depths of Hull Pot . . .
whilst Rob and Marie inspect the beck on the opposite side . . .
but be careful - it's very, very, very slippery!
After posing in the sun at Hull Pot . . .
we head back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale after an enjoyable, but eventful, walk
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