Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 9th October 2005
Distance: 7.0 miles
Ascent: 1744 feet
Time: 2 hours 45 mins
Start Grid Ref: SD807725
Another visit to an old favourite, this was Lisa's first time on Pen-y-Ghent.
Route Summary: Horton in Ribblesdale - Brackenbottom Scar - Pennine Way - Pen-y-Ghent - Pennine Way - Hull Pot - Horton in Ribblesdale
1. Pen-y-Ghent from below Brackenbottom Scar
2. Lisa approaching Pen-y-Ghent on the Pennine Way
3. Lisa climbing the upper slopes of Pen-y-Ghent
4. On the summit of Pen-y-Ghent
5. Fountains Fell
6. By the Pennine Way as it descends north from Pen-y-Ghent
7. Stood next to the impressive Pen-y-Ghent pinnacle
8. Hunt Pot
9. Hull Pot
Walk Detail: This walk had two purposes in mind, firstly to get Lisa to climb one of the higher Dales hills in preparation for our week away in Uldale in the Northern Lakes in November and, secondly, to take Lisa up another of the Three Peaks.
It was a nice day with some mist and patches of light low cloud about. The climb up from Horton was enjoyable and was enlivened by Lisa dropping her bottle of water into a large piece of manure.
On the summit we were treated to some low white cloud caressing the tops and giving some atmospheric views of Fountains Fell. It was the first time Lisa had been in low cloud and the first time I'd been in low white cloud. Whilst on the top we were also amused by a runner and his dog striking almost identical poses as they enjoyed the views of Fountains Fell.
On the way down I made a point of visiting the Pinnacle for the first time in five visits to the mountain. It was very impressive and well worth the detour. Also impressive was Hunt Pot which is well described by Wainwright as 'an evil slit'. Lisa was also impressed with the much larger Hull Pot, one of my favourite geological features in the Dales.
The route back from Hull Pot was as easy and pleasant as I remembered it through some nice limestone scenery. Back in Horton Lisa even treated me to a rather nice cheeseburger at the Pen y Ghent café. All in all this was a very successful and enjoyable trip out.