Sunday, 21st October 2018

Walk: Stainforth, Pen-y-Ghent, Horton in Ribblesdale, Dry Rigg Quarry
Start Point: Stainforth Car Park Grid Reference: SD 820 672 
Distance: 14.5 miles Ascent: 2,800 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Wet and miserable in the morning with low cloud, drier in the afternoon.

Six walkers attended for this walk in the Yorkshire Dales. It was waterproofs on from the start and no views as we made our way to Pen-y-Ghent. Due to bad planning I had chosen the same day as two coach loads of young people who were climbing the “Yorkshire Three Peaks”, hence the fell felt somewhat overpopulated. Leaving the summit we made our way down to Horton in Ribblesdale where we joined the Ribble Way for a time. Leaving the Ribble Way at Craghill farm we made our way around Swarth Moor and Dry Rigg quarry to join the Pennine Bridleway. We followed the bridleway for a couple of miles before leaving it to follow a number of field paths back to Stainforth.

Pen-y-Ghent summit

Laughing at the rain

Group photo at Horton in Ribblesdale

Sinister sign in Foredale

Dry Rigg quarry . . .

and again

Swarth Moor an area of outstanding raised bog apparently

Pen-y-Ghent clear of cloud now

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