Sunday, 16th November 2008

             

      

 

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
Time: 5 hrs    
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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