An Ingleborough Climb

  • A straightforward climb of a good mountain
  • Some of the best limestone scenery in the area
  • Far reaching views across the Yorkshire Dales

In my eyes Ingleborough is the best and most interesting of the 3 Peaks with a good variety of ways to the top, fabulous limestone scenery and views across into the Lake District as well as the Dales themselves. Climbing Ingleborough from Ingleton is the most straightforward and safe way to the summit, it is almost impossible to get lost and only in the final 100 foot steep enough to cause any concern. The summit area is however vast and featureless with a bit of accurate compass work needed to find a descent in the mist.

However those who go up and then retrace their steps back to Ingleton miss the great appeal of this mountain. Therefore I carried on North West over the summit area and dropping North East in to the wonderful limestone pavements of Raven Scar. Here I stuck to the pavements and took a return route a few hundred feet above the road and between the two main scars, the only disadvantage being that the gradual descent at times reverted to a gradual ascent!

Ingleborough is one of the Dales 30 Mountains

Recommend: It is perfectly possible to start the walk in the centre of Ingleton but if you have transport save yourself a mile each way.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West. Buy Map
Start Point: SD 708738. There is parking just past the last house on the B6255, head on the intermittent sheep track to join the Fell Lane and the main track.
Height to Climb: 621 ms (2,039 feet)
Terrain: The path up is clear and well protected, as is the one down till Raven Scar where it is more a question of follow your nose!
Eating & Drinking: Ingleton has a good choice of eating and drinking hostelries
Similar Walks Nearby: Whernside from Ribblehead
Twisleton Scars from Chapel-le-Dale
Climbing Pen y Ghent from Horton
Places to Stay:


Marton Arms, Ingleton