Sunday, 18th August 2013

Walk: Brackenbottom Scar, Pen-y-Ghent, Plover Hill, Foxup Moor, Pen-y-Ghent Gill, Blishmire House, Dub Cote
Start Point: Horton Bridge Grid Reference: SD 811 720
Distance: 14 miles Ascent: 3,000 feet
Time: 6.75 hours    
Weather: A couple of early showers clearing to a sunny afternoon
Comments: The rain decided to give us a drenching as we left the cars but fortunately it wasn't long before the weather improved and the mist started to clear from Pen-y-Ghent. The trek from the summit to Plover Hill always seems to take longer than expected - probably due to the meandering route taken to avoid the worst of the peat bog! Descending to the bridleway we turned east for Foxup Moor and eventually reached a pleasant green track leading to the road. We soon dropped into Pen-y-Ghent Gill, a narrow and sometimes rough path that contours the flanks of the gill. After continuing on to Blishmire House we joined the Pennine Way but resisted the temptation to follow it back up Pen-y-Ghent. Instead we made for Dub Cote Scar Pasture then headed past Dub Cote and back to the cars.

 

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The mist still hangs around Pen-y-Ghent . . .

 

but clears as we climb higher up

 

The first section of our ascent is a gradual rocky climb . . .

 

but this is followed by a more rocky section

 

The mist hangs in the valley as we reach the summit . . .

 

but the sun is shining by the time we reach the bridal path

 

Foxup from Foxup Moor

 

Littondale comes into view . . .

 

followed by Fountains Fell

 

We soon leave the road . . .

 

to descend into Pen-y-Ghent Gill . . .

 

where our path is rough at times

 

A rocky gully provides shelter from the wind

 

I wonder how long the pipes have been providing a local 'water feature'?

 

Pen-y-Ghent comes back into view

 

The cows kindly moved away from the gate - with a little gentle persuasion

 

Blishmire House as the sun shines on Pen-y-Ghent

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