Horton-in-Ribblesdale 23-05-2018 – Leader John

Horton-in-Ribblesdale 23-05-2018 – Leader John

First of all, Derek was quite correct, as John’s early start DID mean that he could bag a free spot in the layby before the Golden Lion!!  In fact, only one car (ours) parked where suggested and paid the £2 – but it is all in a good cause.  The rear car park of the Golden Lion had an interesting boot & shoe tree, with some of the articles being in good condition, while others had obviously suffered from the rigours of the 3 Peaks Challenge!

Secondly, given the walks and the weather we have had in recent weeks, I have run out of superlatives, so all I can say about this walk is that everything was wonderful – the weather, the views, the route, the dryness underfoot, the wildflowers, the café, and the company (18 – Glyn & Jenny had a puncture en-route, so couldn’t make it).  Overall, today I realised that the setting of Horton is not just extremely pretty, but dramatic as well, with the incredible Pen-y-ghent as a backdrop.

The route was basically north along the River Ribble for a little way, then climbing to New Houses and Fawber, before continuing northward on the Ribble Way. with Horton Moor and Pen-y-ghent always on our right.  Our first break was at Middle Pasture, with lovely views across the railway line to Ingleborough.  Linda even managed to get a shot of one of the several Tornados that were flying above us!  Then we continued northward past Dismal Hill before dropping westward to Nether Lodge, our most northerly point today.

Here we left the Ribble Way, and more or less contoured south between the two peaks to Selside, taking lunch en-route.  From Selside we headed towards Alum Pot, chatting to a couple of potholers who had just descended this large hole – see here.  Then we climbed south along the flank of Ingleborough to Sulber Nick, the highest point of our walk today at about 1200 feet.  From there it was quite steeply but beautifully downhill back into Horton via the level crossing.  Refreshments were taken in the sunshine outside Pen-y-ghent café.  Thanks to Linda for her stunning pics, and to John for a memorable day.

Write up Arnold, pics Linda, Arnold & 1 from David H.  Appended here are the route stats and profile.

If you wish to see a static view of the pics all in one go, then click here.

There is a link to the slideshow here.  You will need to click within the black page that opens up to see the show.


  1. Brilliant walk. Thanks John, and the heel is not feeling too bad this morning 🙂

  2. Jenny

    Sorry we missed the walk. Thankfully the puncture happened near home. Thanks to Jean for picking up Joan, at least she didn’t miss what looked to be a lovely walk.

  3. Derek

    Great walk, which was expertly expedited – good on yer ‘John Boy’.

  4. Graeme Adlum

    As the report says – another great walk in ideal conditions. Many thanks John.

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