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Dec 06

Pen Y Ghent 2012

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Distance 10.5km
Total ascent 504m

It was late September in 2012 when I did this walk. It was one that I had wanted to do for a while, partly to exorcise a ghost from the past and secondly to complete the 3 Peaks, albeit on seperate occasions (I will do them all at once someday). Anyway I had a weekend to myself and set off to the Dales, Horton in Ribblesdale being my starting point.

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Says it all…

My starting point was the car park in Horton in Ribblesdale and after paying the high parking charges I set off on the road towards the church that would lead me onto the track towards open country.

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My target covered in cloud.

It was a cloudy and windy day with a chance of possible showers but, I was looking forward to the walk.

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The campsite where my father and me stopped when we did the Pennine way in 1989

As i walked on towards the church, I passed the campsite where I stopped with my dad when we did the Pennine way years ago. It was a memorable night because we had torrential rain all night and I woke about 2.00 am with my sleeping bag under about 3 inches of water. My dad somehow slept through this inconvenience, whereas I picked my sleeping bag up and set off for the public toilets to try and get some sleep. I was again awoken by another bloke who, to put it mildly, made me feel uncomfortable being in the toilets with. Sleeping in 3 inches of water didn’t seem like such a bad idea after all, so I picked my sleeping bag up and made my way back to the tent.

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The campsite. I think we must have pitched our tent in the dip.

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Horton in Ribblesdale church

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Not far to the summit.

Once I found the track at the back of the church, it was a walk for about half a mile til I came to the path that lead me to the start of the climb .

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Looking back at the buildings which mark the start of the climbing

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Pen Y Ghent

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Looking back at Arcow quarry

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The path was boggy in parts but generally ok.

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The distinctive shape of Pen Y Ghent looking magnificent.

As i got nearer to Pen y Ghent, my pace seemed to quicken as I wanted to get to the top as soon as I could. However, as I got higher, I began to feel the wind getting stronger and stronger.

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Some conveniently placed steps

As I approached the steps at the side of the hill, the wind was really strong and as it was coming from behind me, it literally pushed me up the steps.

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The final climb to the summit

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Looking back at a section of the pennine way

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The summit of Pen y Ghent 694m

The final climb to the summit was a mixture of path walking and some easy scrambling, although I had to be careful as the wind was almost knocking me sideways in some parts of it.

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A plaque on the wal

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The obligitory “selfie”

After reaching the top I had some food and had intended carrying on to Plover hill, but with the wind blowing as it was I decided to get to lower ground as quickly as possible so I changed my route and followed the path that would lead me too Hull pot.

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Looking back at Pen y Ghent

After a walk of about half an hour, I arrived at Hull pot, and after not knowing what to expect, I was surprised at the size of it.

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Hull pot beck flowing into Hull pot

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A great shot of Hull pot.

I spent a bit of time walking round here, then began my trek back to Horton in Ribblesdale, which was basically a straight downhill path about 2.5 km in length. A perfect finish to a great walk.

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The western slopes of Pen y Ghent

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Hunt pot

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The beautiful Dales

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Strange hollows in the ground are common round here.

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Horton in Ribblesdale

I finally arrived back at my car about 4 hours later. It isn’t the longest walk or the highest hill I have ever climbed, but it is definitely up there with my favourites. Its setting, and what I think its almost fortress like appearance are what draws you to this fantastic hill. I would recommend everyone who likes walking to try this walk…

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