Yorkshire Dales Walks
Date: 27th April 2013
Distance: 7.0 miles
Ascent: 1744 feet
Time: 4 hours 15 mins
With: Ed, David, Chris, Chris & Ian
Start Grid Ref: SD809722
A group walk on to Pen-y-Ghent on a beautiful spring day returning to Horton via short detours to Hunt Pot and Hull Pot.
Route Summary: Horton in Ribblesdale - Brackenbottom Scar - Pennine Way - Pen-y-Ghent - Pennine Way - Hull Pot - Horton in Ribblesdale
1. Looking over Horton towards Ingleborough
2. Ed posing on Brackenbottom Scar
3. Approaching Pen-y-Ghent
4. Pen-y-Ghent from the Pennine Way
5. My step-father David climbing Pen-y-Ghent
6. Fountains Fell and Darnbrook Fell from Pen-y-Ghent
7. Group shot on the top of Pen-y-Ghent
8. Plover Hill
9. The group descending Pen-y-Ghent
10. Looking across Ribblesdale towards Ingleborough and Whernside
11. A zoom shot of Hull Pot from Pen-y-Ghent
12. Looking back up at Pen-y-Ghent from Hunt Pot
13. The group having a rest at Hunt Pot
14. The impressive chasm of Hull Pot
15. Heading back down the lane towards Horton
Walk Detail: I've been up Pen-y-Ghent more times than any other hill but this time the walk had a slightly different twist as it was the first part of my brother Ed's stag weekend and I was acting as walking guide for the day for a small group most of whom hadn't done much hill walking.
I've been up Pen-y-Ghent in weather good, bad and quite frankly appalling. On this occassion the weather was absolutely perfect with a nice breeze, plenty of sunshine, a smattering of cloud and excellent visibility. We were incredibly lucky, especially as it had been raining most of the morning prior to us arriving in Horton.
Due to the difference in ability and fitness level we took the climb at a very leisurely pace with plenty of rest stops. I found it incredibly easy and I had to smile at the memory of my first climb up Pen-y-Ghent nine years before when I had just started hill walking. On that occassion I was so knackered by the time I reached the Pennine Way from Horton that I refused to tackle the final climb until I'd sat and eaten my lunch first.
As the walk leader for the day I was delighted that everyone seemed to really enjoy themselves and gain a real sense of satisfaction at getting to the top. Our descent was equally leisurely and I took the group on two little detours to see the pot holes of Hunt Pot and Hull Pot, the former an evil looking slit and the latter a very impressive chasm in the ground.
Upon getting back to Horton we pitched our tents at the Holme Farm campsite and sat outside in the sunshine with a celebratory can of beer enjoying the view back up to Pen-y-Ghent. A bit later we headed for a nice dinner and more traditional stag celebrations at the Golden Lion.