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Yorkshire Dales – Three Peaks in three days

17th May 2016 by Jon Monks

Friday 6th May – Arrival day

Wow what weather, these were my thoughts as I was driving down to Ingleton to guide the famous Yorkshire Dales Three peaks.

After meeting the group in the evening we had a short walk to a local pub for the evening meal. We quickly got to know about each other before an early night in preparation for the first days walking.

Saturday 7th May – Whernside

What better way to start off than to tackle the highest of the three peaks, Whernside (2,415 ft).

We set off from Ribblehead and followed the railway for a short while before gaining height gradually up to the summit. It is not only the highest of the three peaks but also the highest point in Yorkshire.

After the traditional ‘summit shot’ we headed along the ridge before finding some shelter behind a wall for lunch.

After lunch it was a steep decent then a lovely section through some picturesque farmland back to Ribblehead.

On our we back to Ingleton we stopped off and went for a tour of White Scar Caves, the longest show cave in Britain.

After freshening up we were all out eating as a group sharing the great memories of the day.


Sunday 8th May – Pen-y-ghent

From Horton on Ribblesdale we headed up Pen-y-ghent (2,277 ft).

It was a gradual climb and as it was Sunday morning there was not many people around.

After a quick snack with a truly stunning view looking back on Horton on Ribblesdale we gradually climbed to the summit which was also our lunch stop.

We then dropped down a slightly steeper route and enjoyed the well-deserved tea stop back in the village before heading back to Ingleton.

It was certainly like being overseas as we headed out for our evening meal, it was around 20 degrees Celsius!

Monday 9th May – Ingleborough

The consensus was to walk Ingleborough (2,372 ft) from Clapham which is a very varied route.

We first passed through the stunning landscape of the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail before venturing onto the open hill ground and visiting Gaping Gill. Gaping Gill is a pothole that still retains the records for the tallest unbroken waterfall in England and the largest underground chamber naturally open to the surface.

We then climbed up over Little Ingleborough and the wind picked up a little but as we pushed for the summit of Ingleborough the wind was behind us for the final section.

After the summit shot we had lunch before heading back down to the village.

The third summit had been bagged and what an end to three glorious days walking. Good company, great walking and even better weather, what else could you ask for?

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