Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 17th December 2006
Distance: 9 miles
Ascent: 2233 feet
Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
Start Grid Ref: SD746692
My fifth visit to Ingleborough and the first with my wife, this was also the one in which I enjoyed the best views.
Route Summary: Clapham - Clapdale Drive - Trow Gill - Gaping Gill - Little Ingleborough Ingleborough - Little Ingleborough - Newby Moss - Newby Cote - Clapham
1. The Lake in Clapdale
2. Trow Gill
3. The flanks of Little Ingleborough topped with cloud
4. Lisa climbing up into the cloud on Little Ingleborough
5. Simon Fell
6. Looking across Chapel-le-Dale to Whernside
7. Wisps of cloud below the summit
8. The trig point on Ingleborough
9. Lisa on the summit of Ingleborough
10. Looking back at Ingleborough from Newby Moss
Walk Detail: This was a long overdue excursion to Ingleborough for Lisa who had not been up there yet. She had been asking to go up there for some time but as I’d been so often myself I had been somewhat resistant to the idea.
The weather was excellent and the only cloud we encountered was that clinging to the higher reaches of Ingleborough itself. The approach past The Lake was very pleasant and much to be preferred to the route I’d gone with Matt a long time ago on our first mountain expedition.
The walk up to Trow Gill was also nice though I was glad to finally break out into open ground just by Gaping Gill which was an impressive sight. The staircase up Little Ingleborough which seemed to go on forever on my first visit here was much more friendly this time even if the only cloud in the area caught up with us at this point.
On the ridge of Little Ingleborough we got above the cloud for a dramatic first view of the main mountain’s distinctive top. We were rewarded with some excellent views from the top though it was also very cold.
The cloud was thicker on the way down and as with the previous visit I didn’t take the right path off Little Ingleborough on to Newby Moss. However once we got under the cloud we spotted a large cairn which marked a fairly clear path all the way down to the wall above Newby Cotes, a path that Matt and I had failed to find in worse conditions before.
The descent over Newby Moss proved to be most pleasant and gentle affording some nice views south towards Bowland and across to Clapdale Scars. Following this there was the necessary walk along the road back into Clapham.
Considering how long I had resisted this walk I really enjoyed myself.