16th October 2010

Today’s walk has been in the pipeline for the past four weeks or so & to accompany me I had a guy of whom I hold a lot of respect for as do most others in the form Of Stuart Greig, Administrator of Walking Places, Long Distance Walker, Fell Walker & now Author of his first completed guide book ‘Walking The Herriot Way’. PYG for me personally was a fell to be accomplished in no uncertain terms or manner it was just one of those places as a walker I had to visit.

So a couple of weeks ago I asked Stuart would he accompany me, we arranged a date & in between the pair of us had been struck down with the black death that’s sweeping the country anyway we managed to keep to the date arranged, for me PYG was a first time walk, for Stuart he’d included PYG while walking the Pennine Way back last May so as he was familiar with the surroundings &  we both agreed once we summated PYG we’d then head over to Plover Hill, a mile or so of vast open peat bog, dark rain promising rain clouds & a good excuse to break the brand new Salomon boots in .


Wainwright Guidebook N / A


Ascent: 1,810 FT, 552 Mtrs
Wainwrights: N/A
Weather: Mixed Cloud & Sunny Intervals, Cloud Lying Low On Tops To Brighten Up Towards The Latter Of The Afternoon, Highs of 14° Lows Of 6°
Parking: The CP At The Side Of PYG Cafe, Horton-In-Ribblesdale
Area: Yorkshire Dales National Park
Miles: 9
Walking With: Stuart Greig
Ordnance Survey: OL2
Time Taken:  

Map and Photo Gallery



Pen-Y-Ghent from the car park, we’d made great time getting here (8.00am) and was lucky enough to grab one of the last parking spaces on the car park, going off the lack of spaces we could tell its going to be a busy day on the fells today.


The Pen-Y-Ghent cafe and the smell of bacon sandwiches were almost to tempting.


St Oswalds Church, Horton In Ribblesdale circa 1556



As we leave the terrace we or I got  my first sight of Pen-Y-Ghent, & fingers crossed it looks like the cloud might be lifting.


And through the wall.

And from the Limestone, PYG really does remind me of Yewbarrow


looking up the first real steep section of path & time for a quick breather.


And looking back down towards the Pennine Way, we managed to overtake most of the walkers seen here most of them enjoying there walk & some of them a little out of breath!



The last section before the summit & a little scramble is needed.


And a short while later the Summit Trig Point comes into view.


Peny-Y-Ghent Summit Trig Point & time for a little rest stop.


And no sooner had we sat down the crowds caught up with us!


Leaving Pen-Y-Ghent we head for Plover Hill seen just under the cloud.


Looking back at Pen-Y-Ghent & I think we left at the right time!


Stuart negotiating the peat bog.

You really would have to go out your way to avoid the boggy sections like this so  I just wadded in with the new boots & stopped  pussy footing trying to negotiate a way around


Looking across to Inglebourgh, one of three of the Yorkshire three peaks Pen-Y-Ghent being another.


Plover Hill summit is over the style & a hundred yards or so over to our right, but for now we decided on a rest stop against the wall out of the wind & time for a coffee & flapjack.


Pen-Y-Ghent from Plover Hill small summit cairn, the wind felt quite wintery right about here so it was small stay & a couple of shots with the cameras.


The winter conditions continued as we made our way down to rejoin the main path at Foxup Lane.


‘Has your coach broke down’ With a slight hint of sarcasm, I don’t thing they were really happy with Stuart’s remark but it sure made us chuckle, the guy right at the back walking up the hill with his hands in his pockets gave us the impression he really didn’t want to be there …oh dear


Inglebourgh’s table top cloud free summit.


Hull Pot, a now collapsed cave & rumoured to be ‘Britain’s biggest natural hole’ at 91 Meters Long & 30 Meters wide you can see why.


Taken from the dry river bed that once supplied the cave with water then disappearing deep under ground.



And from the opposite side looking at the river bed & a section of the 18 Metre deep wall.


Plover Hill & Pen-Y-Ghent taken from Hunt Pot, the rocky chasm disappearing just behind the tree.


And now for the gentle yet rocky 2 mile stroll back into Horton.

Today has been a real pleasant change for me in more ways than one, one I walked with a good friend shared some good laughs & found we shared not just an interest in walking but others too, I think I can say we drink from the same glass which is great considering we only spent four or so hours together, number two reason is I’ve climbed another Fell I’ve always wanted to climb but hopefully it wont be the last time I climb in Yorkshire.


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