Ingleborough from Ribblehead

  • Unusual route up Ingleborough
  • Easy climb on good turf
  • Classical limestone pavements

The 2nd best route to the summit of Ingleborough, preferable to the direct assault from Ingleton but for sustained interest the walk from Clapham via Gaping Gill is best. However this is still one of the must do walks in the Yorkshire Dales. I tackled the long grassy slopes via Park Fell and Simon Fell, steep initially but soon easy and surprisingly dry. After the initial steep descent from Ingleborough the walk through the limestone pavements is a real delight, a place which reveals the character of this part of the Dales as well as anything. Show any visitor and they will leave with a real feel of what the Dales is about.

It was a beautiful, early summer’s day; the warm breeze adding to a feel of tranquility and laziness which had appeared to overcome some walkers who were nearing the summit. If there was not the stretches of road at the start and finish of the walk I would have enjoyed the day as much as anything I have done recently. The weather was good but this a lovely walk in most conditions and Ingleborough remains my favourite of the 3 Peaks.

Ingleborough and Simon Fell are both Dales 30 Mountains

Recommend: There are 3 very contrasting routes up Ingleborough, all are excellent and worth more than any one up Whernside.

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Ingleborough fr Ribblehead map

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 764793. There is plenty of parking on the road side at the road junction at Ribblehead. Head south on the road towards Horton till the fotpath to the right after 1 km.
Height to Climb: 515ms (1689 feet)
Terrain: Generally good on grass with the popular descent now all repaired...excellent job lads!
Eating & Drinking: The Station Inn at Ribblehead is justifiably popular, in my opinion better than the Old Hill Inn at Chapel le Dale.
Similar Walks Nearby: Ingleborough via Gaping Gill
Limestone on Twisleton Scar
An Ingleborough Climb from Ingleton
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