Sunday, 22nd March 2009




Walk: Clapdale, Trow Gill, Gaping Gill, Ingleborough, Sulber Gate, Long Scar
Start Point: Clapham Grid Reference: SD 745 692
Distance: 11 miles Ascent: 2, 640 feet
Time: 5.5 hrs    
Weather: Dry and mainly overcast with a covering if mist on the summit.
Comments: Nine walkers set off from Clapham in fine but breezy conditions heading north through the village. This was followed by a gradual ascent to Clapdale Farm before descending to join the main path which passes the entrance to Ingleborough Cave. Beyond the cave the path lead to the ravine of Trow Gill which involved a steep climb though an array of boulders before emerging into a valley and an open fell side. A short detour followed in order to inspect Gaping Gill with some members of the group taking a much closer look at the big hole than others! Returning to the main path we then began to climb the ridge of Little Ingleborough where we had a brief stop for “elevenses”. Being suitably refreshed we then continued the climb to the summit plateau of Ingleborough and despite an increasingly strong wind the mist came down to restrict visibility. We did however manage to locate the trig point for a team photograph before commencing our descent. Just beyond the summit the mist started to clear and we were rewarded with a glimpse of the Ribblehead viaduct in the distance. The descent continued across the flank of Simon Fell Breast and onto a section of limestone before reaching the crossroads at Sulber where we found a sheltered spot for lunch. The return journey over Sulber Gate and across Long Scar made very easy walking on grassy but firm path at the end of which we than proceeded along a walled track offering views across to both Trow Gill and Ingleborough Cave. The final part of the walk took us through a couple of dark tunnels before emerging into the village of Clapham.

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The group passes the entrance to Ingleborough cave - but no tours for us!


Beck Head bridge crosses Fell Beck . . .


as it emerges from the limestone passages


Heading up to Trow Gill . . .


a ravine created by the melt waters of the Ice Age


Crossing the stile we can see Little Ingleborough to the left and Ingleborough to the right - in mist!


Gaping Gill, where Fell Beck falls 341 feet into a chamber said to be large enough to hold York Minster


4 intrepid explorers make their way to 'the big hole' . . .


whilst the other 4 check out the information board


The slopes of Little Ingleborough gave some shelter from the wind for our coffee stop . . .


but there was a very strong (and cold) wind when we reached the summit of Ingleborough


Descending the 'yellow brick road' . . .


and the mist is lifting as we look back


Hardy cattle graze amongst the limestone outcrops . . .


as we make our way . . .


to a sheltered spot for lunch


Looking across to Pen-Y-Ghent . . .


there is a wide expanse of limestone pavement - Moughton Scars


From our return path we can see the ravine of Trow Gill . . .


and a shortcut we could have taken - note the stile in the wall at the bottom of the hill


The show cave looks deserted


Anyone got a head torch?!!

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