We have a series of walks planned in the Yorkshire Dales. They include the Yorkshire 3 Peaks of Ingleborough, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside but also the ‘Dales 30’ mountains on either side of the market town of Hawes.
Pen-y-Ghent: Wed 22nd May & Wed 24th September
Whernside: Thurs 23rd May & Thurs 25th September
Ingleborough: Friday 24th May & Friday 26th September
Great Shunner Fell/Lovely Seat: Saturday 15th June
Dodd Fell Hill/Wether Fell: Sunday 16th June
Pen-y-Ghent (694m/2,277ft). ‘Graceful mountain in the southern Dales’
From Horton the climb follows the traditional route up Pen-y-Ghent. However from the summit the route heads along the broad ridge to Plover Hill. The path then drops steeply in to the remote dale leading to spectacular Hull Pot before returning to Horton.
Whernside (736m/2,415ft). ‘The Highest Mountain in Yorkshire’
The route starts at the spectacular viaduct of Ribblehead. It follows the traditional 3 Peaks path for half the climb before continuing to the north side of Whernside overlooking Dentdale. This is a rarely visited part of the mountain with 3 lonely tarns and wonderful views. A sharp descent from the summit leads back to Ribblehead.
Ingleborough (723m/2,372ft) ‘The best of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks’
Starting at Clapham the route climbs past Ingleborough Cave, Trow Gill and Gaping Gill to the fine summit. The summit plateau is full of interest and excellent on a good day. The descent passes through the Ingleborough Nature Reserve which has , in my opinion, the finest stretch of limestone pavements in the country.
Great Shunner Fell (716m/2,349ft) & Lovely Seat (675m/2,215ft) from Hawes
11 1/2 miles
Two of the ‘Dales 30’ mountains. From Hawes pass through Hardraw and join the Pennine Way for the 3 1/2 mile climb to its summit. Leave the way at the summit and cross Buttertubs Pass and on to the short but steep slopes to Lovely Seat. The route back to Hardraw follows a faint track over some lonely moors.
Dodd Fell Hill (668m/2,192ft) & Wether Fell (614m/2,014ft) from Hawes
Two of the ‘Dales 30’ mountains. Follow the broad track leading from Hawes to the south. The off route approach to the summit of Dodd Fell Hill involves a little bit of guess work but is all the better for it. Drop to the Cam Road and then continue on to Wether Fell, a fine viewpoint over Wensleydale. The descent to Hawes is a delightful way to end the walk.
The mountains of the Yorkshire Dales are often under valued. The approaches and opportunities on all these walks visit rarely visited parts of the Yorkshire Dales. These are great walks for the explorer in us all.
The walks are full day and involve roughly 2,000 feet of climbing so a good degree of fitness is required.
The walks start in the following:
Pen-y-Ghent: Horton in Ribblesdale
Great Shunner Fell/Lovely Seat: Hawes
Dodd Fell Hill/Wether Fell: Hawes
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