A long days walking the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Challenge.
Date: 30th April 2017 Distance: 39.5km (24.53 Miles) Parking: Car Park in Horton
Start Location: Horton in Ribblesdale Ascent (m/ft): 1743m (5718ft) Weather:

Mostly Cloudy

Time Started: 07:05 Highest Point: Whernside (736m/2415ft) Difficulty: Very Difficult
Duration: 11 Hours 35 Minutes        
Route: Horton in Ribblesdale - Brackenbottom - Brackenbottom Scar - Pen-y-Ghent (694m/2277ft) - Pennine Way - Whitber Hill - God's Bridge - Nether Lodge - Lodge Hall - Gauber Road - Ribblehead - Ribbleshead Viaduct - Blue Clay Ridge - Whernside (736m/2415ft) - High Pike - Bruntscar - Chapel-le-Dale - Highwood Pasture - Ingleborough (723m/2372ft) - Simon Fell Breast - Shooting Hut - Sulber Nick - Horton in Ribblesdale

Its going to be a long days walking today! I put it off last time I was in Yorkshire but this time I was going to do it!

About 10 minutes or so into the walk and the views are opening up on the way up to Pen-y-Ghent.


Pen-y-Ghent ahead.


Looking fantastic from this angle.

Such a beautiful mountain to climb.

My favourite view of this superb mountain. Lots of people ahead of me and many far behind too!

The summit Trig on Pen-y-Ghent.

The haze made other peaks look further away than they actually are but thats Ingleborough which is the final peak of the day.

The path down follows the Pennine Way. Lots of erosion work going on.

Thats Plover Hill over there.


And thats the view down to my left. The path you can see is the Pennine Way and the route I will be following.


This sign post marks a new diversion of the route to prevent erosion.

A small tarn and Hull Pot. Really wanted to visit Hull Pot today but I wasn't sure if time or legs would allow.

A view back to Pen-y-Ghent.

Off the Pennine Way and about to join it again in a short distance.

Sunshine over Ingleborough.

And now over me which was a delight considering there wasn't much about. This view shows Whernside over in the distance which is where I'm heading now.

Rejoining the Pennine Way with a view across to Ingleborough.


Whernside in the distance.


It looks a long way back to Pen-y-Ghent.

Ribbleshead Viaduct. It was just here that I actually sat down and had a little rest, I had done 10 Miles and was getting a bit hungry. Thankfully there was a food van just off the road!

The amazing viaduct. Click for larger version.

Time to start heading up to Whernside.

Ingleborough.

Whernside.

Lots of people heading up Whernside today.


The railway going into the tunnel at Little Dale.


Lovely waterfall near the path.

Still a mile or so to Whernside.

A long way back to Pen-y-Ghent.

The tarn below Whernside with the summit up over there.

Looking down on the tarn with a view to Pen-y-Ghent to the left and Ingleborough to the right.

Distant views from Whernside.

Dent Head viaduct and Wold Fell.


Ribbleshead Viaduct.


Almost at the summit now.

The summit Trig on Whernside. Technically I'm now in Cumbria!

A view across the summit to Gragareth.

After a stop for some hot food thanks to the jetboil I headed off to the south towards Ingleborough.

Seems like everyone else had the same idea!

A view across the fields to Ribbleshead Viaduct.

Down at Chapel-le-Dale there is a sign saying just 2 miles to Ingleborough. Not far now!


Just a few minutes past the sign you get a great view up to Ingleborough... That way looks rather steep though...


Enjoying the Limestone Pavements.

So peaceful it was like being on the moon or something.

Still looks like this way is going to be steep!

Oh yes... that is steep... especially considering I've walked what 18 miles to get here...

A great view back to Whernside.

Up in a jiffy!This wall is part of the old Iron Age fortifications on Ingleborough.

The summit cairn and Shelter.

And finally the Trig Point on Ingleborough. I dont know why I'm saying finally... there's still 5 miles to go to get back to Horton.

The trig and Shelter. Its been about 20 years since I first wanted to come up here. So happy to finally be here!

A view back to Ingleborough. Definately coming back up this way but also visiting Gaping Gill next time.

A profile view of Pen-y-Ghent. Hard to believe I was up there about 10.5 hours ago.

I'm sure this shooting box has seen better days...

Moor moon... I mean Limestone Pavement!

2 Miles to Horton and its all downhill.

The River Ribble in Horton.

Horton in Ribblesdale church.

And a last view up to Pen-y-Ghent. What a walk that was! The feet certainly weren't expecting that!