Ribblehead to Horton via Ingleborough

  • Train from Horton to Ribblehead
  • Unusual route up Ingleborough
  • Good walking through limestone country

An interesting yet little used route up Ingleborough leaves Ribblehead a few hundred metres to the south of the road junction and climbs steeply up the fell side. Taking in some of its lower tops it is one of the finest and interesting routes to the summit of Ingleborough,partly by a avoiding the scars on many of the paths but also for the outstanding views across the viaduct and on to Whernside. The descent does follow the normal 3 Peaks route to Horton (all 5 and 1/2 miles of it) but if you are not exhausted (like those on the 3 Peaks challenge always are) this is a lovely walk. The gradient is gradual, the path passes some wonderful limestone pavements and it is arrow straight with views over Pen y Ghent and beyond.

There is an alternative lower route to the east of the road which will return you to Horton but it is mainly when the weather is poor.

Recommend: Before turning south to the path up Ingleborough take some time to wander north to Ribblehead viaduct and read about its incredible history and how entire Victiorian villages grew up when the railway was being built

Transport: The train leaves Horton at 9.58 or 11.54 Mon to Sat and at 10.19 on Sunday taking less than 10 minutes to Ribblehead. However the service does leave from Leeds originally passing Skipton so it is possible to do the walk from either place avoiding having to take the car as far as Horton. The final train back to Leeds is just after 6 all week except Sunday where it leaves Horton at 5.

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Ribblehead to Horton



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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 765789. From the road junction walk for nearly a kilometer (1/2 a mile) towards Horton and then take the farm track to the right which soon leads on to the fellside.
Height to Climb: 403 ms (1,322 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking on largely good limestone paths. The summit of Ingleborough can be a confusing play in the mist.
Eating & Drinking: There is a cafe (the 3 Peaks - worth a visit for the memorabilia) in Horton and 2 pubs whilst the Station Inn is at Ribblehead
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