Sunday, 7th February 2010

   

            

 

Walk: Ingleton, Fell Lane, Ingleborough, Humphrey Bottom, Chapel-le-Dale, Ellerbeck Gill, Twisleton, Scar End
Start Point: Ingleton main car park Grid Reference: SD 694 730
Distance: 11.5 miles Ascent: 2,500 feet
Time: 6.5 hours    
Weather: A dull and cold day with mist on Ingleborough and patches of snow in gullies, etc.
Comments: With no walk officially planned for today a small group headed for Ingleton, to head up Ingleborough and across to Twisleton. Unfortunately the bright and sunny conditions of the previous day were long gone and we were in for mist on the higher ground with some tricky sections of snow and ice. Heading up Fell Lane we encountered a few other groups with the same idea - on the tourist route for a change! It was soon obvious that the mist could not be avoided but, fortunately, the few flakes of snow did not last long - there was already enough on the ground to contend with. Morning coffee was taken at the shelter on the summit - a welcome break from the wind. The descent from Ingleborough always needs care and an appropriate bearing and this was certainly the case today, with the mist obscuring the views and snow obscuring the path! The daring duo headed down the usual path whilst the trembling trio sought out a less exposed route over the rocks and snow! Finally reaching the fence we found that our route of descent was completely blocked with snow which looked rather unstable. Heading further along the ridge we found a snow free section where we could descend reasonably easily. From here it was a straightforward walk across the valley to Chapel-le-Dale. A short climb brought us above Twisleton Scar and a pleasant green path led us on to Scar End. An easy descent was made to Twisleton Hall and a road walk took us back into Ingleton.

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Ready to leave the car park . . .

 

and we are soon leaving Ingleton behind

 

From Fell Lane . . .

 

our return route along Twisleton and down Scar End can be seen

 

But from the path to Crina Bottom it looks like we are heading into mist!

 

All too soon we have to add extra layers - the path looks muddy but, thankfully, it is frozen

 

At this level the snow doesn't cause too many problems . . .

 

but it gets deeper the higher we go . . .

 

and steeper as well!

 

Finally on the summit - check out the link to Ingleborough for a clear view

 

We take advantage of the shelter to stop for our morning break . . .

 

before setting off for Chapel-le-Dale

 

Route finding is tricky in the snow and mist . . .

 

best not go that way!

 

Kath's bearing is spot on and we reach the path . . .

 

where Marie perfects her technique of descending in snow and ice . . .

 

which is soon copied by Sheila

 

Lower down Marie . . .

 

relives her childhood!!

 

The route down is completely blocked with unstable snow . . .

 

so we find a suitable alternative . . .

 

and head across Humphrey Bottom . . .

 

from where we can see Ingleborough with his hat on

 

Typically, by the time we reach the limestone pavement . . .

 

 the top is clear (but not for long)

 

Time for a lunch break . . .

 

and check out Scar End across the valley

 

A double stile - rather like a grand staircase

 

Chapel-le-Dale Church - preparing for the afternoon service

 

The sculpture could easily be missed . . .

 

but you can read all about it

 

At Scar End the trees tell their own tale

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