Ascending Pen-y-Ghent in Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks Snow

Cloudy when starting ascent
blue sky on Pen-y-Ghent
the ground was greenygrey
to the top all the way…

This was my first ascent of Pen-y-Ghent from the southern steep end. I ascended it from the north as the first of the Three Peaks when I did them in 2012. It was a trip in glorious spring sunshine that also produced the cover for my second poetry collection, 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections:


Five years later, I arrived in Horton-in-Ribblesdale at about noon…


Pen-y-Ghent has always reminded me of the sphinx; a crouching lion; and reading Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods afterwards I first learned that it is a common mountain shape, due to the way weather corrodes mountains.



There were a few people around on the ascent, including a group doing all three peaks. Dry stone walls provide nice lines for photos.



Some blue sky appeared on the steeper ascent.



There was ice on the ground, and now I could see for miles.



There is a bit when it is a bit of a scramble, using stone for steps.



Then it levels out again…



… to the peak. One person was arriving just after me from the west, and two were following me with two dogs the way I ascended.



There was a nice view to the east too.



I continued north, and didn’t see anybody until returning to the village (Horton-in-Ribblesdale) over five hours later.