I don’t want to over-dramatise a day-trip on a moderate-sized mountain, but my feet were feeling like blocks of ice after a couple of hours walking on Pen-y-Ghent, one of the Three Peaks over 1000 feet visible to each other around the villages of Horton-in-Ribblesdale and Ribblehead. The villages are on the famous Settle to Carlisle trainline, but I boarded the train before that in Leeds.
It’s about an hour’s train journey, and I’d taken about an hour to ascend Pen-y-Ghent from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, as described a couple of blog posts ago. I continued to the north on the peak. I probably followed the dry-stone wall around to the east too far, but knew I had to go west somewhere, and had the other two of the ‘Three Peaks’, Ingleborough and Whernside, in that direction as landmarks.
So after a while I headed down the mountain directly to the north, and found a track above what I just found out is the River Skirfare:
There was a nice little waterfall soon after I found it:
There were some blue skies around to the east, but these photos were just before the dramatic photos to the west in the first blog post of this series.
I had a nice surprise as I walked along the west side of Pen-y-Ghent, not far from the village, as I happened upon this sight, after first hearing the force of the waterfall:
I walked around to the other side for a different view and photo scene, and got Pen-y-Ghent in the background:
I thought it might be Gaping Ghyll, as it’s the only such place I knew, but have just looked it up and seen it’s called Hull Pot; quite an amazing little place I hadn’t heard of.
I was having trouble seeing my phone’s camera menu, and think I must have altered the settings by accident. The above photos seem more monochrome than I remember, while the one below just before I headed away from Pen-y-Ghent seems more tinted:
It felt like returning from another world as I saw green fields again. Whernside is in the background.
Last year I ascended Ingleborough in the snow:
In 2012 I did the Three Peaks in beautiful spring weather:
The solo trip was during the writing of my second poetry collection, 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections, and I used an image adapted from a photo taken on that trip for the front cover: