and Plover Hill
point and OS Grid reference:
park in Horton-in-Ribblesdale (SD 808726)
Yorkshire Dales Southern and Western Areas.
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something about Pen-y-Ghent, one of the summits to be conquered during the
famous “Three Peaks” walk – the others being Ingleborough and
Whernside. It has an unmistakable majesty and profile all of its own. A
bonus is that if you do the walk at the end of March/beginning of April at
about 1900 feet on the limestone cliffs you may be lucky enough to see the
rare purple saxifrage which was left over from the last ice age. The only
issue at this time of year is to watch out for ice on the steep ascent.
starts at the main car park close to the Crown Inn on the B 6479 at Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Horton is also accessible via train from the Settle Carlisle route. At peak
times you will find this very busy because Horton is the starting point
where entrants “clock in” for the Three Peaks Challenge.
Start: Out of the
car park, turn right and walk through the village on the B6479 and round the
right-angled bend by the church. Ignore the first on the left (where the
post box is) and take the second left which is School Lane. Follow this
round until you get to a barn on the left at Brackenbottom Farm and a finger
post on the left signed “Pennine Way” (SD 818722). Pass through the gate and the
small walkers gate.
The well worn
route then follows the line of the stone wall on your left. Ascend, climbing
over a couple of ladder stiles. You reach the ridge just below the
“nose” of Pen-y-Ghent at a ‘T’ junction of paths (SD 836728). Turn left.
The walk now
earns its red traffic light with a vengeance. A very steep climb, keeping
the wall to your left and where
you may need to use your hands now and again, takes you to the summit (SD 839734). Here
you will find the trig point and an unusual ‘S’ shaped shelter with
stone seating built into the wall. There are magnificent views east towards
Littondale, west towards Ingleborough and north-west towards Whernside.
ladder stile to the west side of the wall. If for any reason you want to
shorten the walk, the Pennine Way straight ahead and indicated by a finger
post will take you back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
Otherwise, turn right following the wall to the summit of Plover Hill. The
wall you have been following meets another at a ‘T’ (SD 748752). Cross this wall and
the path then kinks slightly right before a steepish grassy descent across
Foxup Moor to a broad track (SD 846762). Turn left.
this track now takes you straight back to Horton but there is an interesting
feature to look out for about 1.75 miles after you join the track. This is
Hull Pot on the right about 200 feet from the track (SD 825746).
track emerges in Horton close to the car park. Ignore any left or right
turns on the way.
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