Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 12th April 2004
Distance: 7 miles
Ascent: 1766 feet
Time: Too long ago to remember!
Start Grid Ref: SD807725
Our first visit to Pen-y-Ghent was thankfully in better weather than Ingleborough - still no view from the top though.
Route Summary: Horton in Ribblesdale - Brackenbottom Scar - Pennine Way - Pen-y-Ghent - Pennine Way - Hull Pot - Horton in Ribblesdale
1. Matt with Brackenbottom Scar and Pen-y-Ghent in the background
2. By the trig point on Pen-y-Ghent
3. Our route down Pen-y-Ghent following the Pennine Way
4. Looking down into Hull Pot
5. Looking across Hull Pot back up to Pen-y-Ghent
Walk Detail: Our Good Friday soaking on Ingleborough hadn’t put us off sufficiently enough to stop us from climbing Pen-Y-Ghent on the Easter Monday. Thankfully the weather was much better this time but the summit itself was cloud topped when we got there and so for the second walk in a row spoilt the chance of any views.
It is funny to think now but I had to stop several times to catch my breath and when the Horton path met the Pennine Way below the final ascent I had to stop and have some Tomato Soup to give me some energy!! Another amusing memory is that, unlike Ingleborough, we could actually see how high we had to climb and kept looking at each other thinking ‘Oh my god!!’
The scramble to the top of Pen-Y-Ghent is one of the more exciting moments that the Yorkshire Dales has to offer for the walker. As mentioned our view at the summit was obscured by clouds which blocked even Fountains Fell from sight.
The descent was quite pleasant and the weather typically began to improve the moment we left the summit. Before turning back to Horton we made a slight detour to view Hull Pot, which really is a must as it is easily one of the most impressive pot holes you can see.