Horton-in-Ribblesdale 24-01-2018 – Leader David H

Horton-in-Ribblesdale 24-01-2018 – Leader David H

When all of the stragglers (including my car load) had finally arrived, we had 22 brave ramblers for what promised to be a more than breezy day.  It was lovely to see Beth and Katie again today, skipping along as usual.  At the start of the walk David handed out laminated copies of the route, as he did last year!  On the back of the route map he included a very interesting history of the Pennine Way, which I personally had not seen before – well done, David.  From the iconic Pen-y-Ghent café, often the starting point of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk, we climbed steadily north up the Pennine Way, with quite blue sky and dramatic views.  Bringing up the rear for the day was backmarker Rosemary, modelling a fitted high-vis gilet that really caught the eye!  With the amount of water we had seen in the Ribble on the way to Horton, we were not surprised to find ourselves sometimes challenged by small lakes appearing across the path!  This is an area of shake holes, which often become potholes, as illustrated in an early photo by Graeme.  Our first break was taken in the lee of a wall, as the wind was pretty noticeable at an elevation of over 1200 feet!

After the break, we continued north on the Pennine Way to the end of Birkwith Moor, before heading westward to Old Ing , where we turned south on the Ribble Way to pass Dismal Hill and Birkwith Cave.  By this point we were exposed to the full force of the wind, which caused a few chases for hats and rucksack covers, all of which were retrieved safely.  When we could see the views through the tears in our eyes, they were very good!  After quite a steep descent to cross a beck, lunch was taken in another sheltered spot, where we were treated to the sight and sound of a couple of RAF Typhoon Eurofighters.  Excitement over, we more or less contoured south to hit the Pennine Way at a point we had seen on the way up.  After retracing our steps for a little while, we turned east onto Horton Moor, climbing to around 1400 feet, and negotiating a number of tall ladder stiles along the way.  The views of Pen-y-ghent along this stretch were superb, as you will see from the photos taken by Linda.

Turning south near Hull Pot, we were now on ‘A Pennine Journey‘ footpath, based on a 1938 walk by Alfred Wainwright.  To my shame I had never heard of this path until doing this write up, but I do now.  Whatever, we followed the path back to the café, which David had persuaded to open up specially for us, and to allow us to use their car park – so many thanks to the café owner for this.  The cafe’s own chocolate bar took my eye, while some unnamed person tried on a balaclava; I wonder if you can recognise this shady-looking character?  Overall, David provided us with a wild, windy, and wonderful day, very well recorded by our two snappers, so many thanks to all concerned with a very successful day.

Write up Arnold, pics ???.  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 – but at least it is full screen!


  1. A great walk which blew more than the cobwebs away, plus lovely pics and write up.
    Time to fix a summertime date for those interested to do the 3 Peak Challenge, before anyone has a change of heart!

  2. Graeme Adlum

    Considering it’s winter the weather Gods were on our side. An excellent walk David made me ready for the pint of tea at the finish.

    Was it the tea that made me agree to do the 3 Peak Challenge? Or just the euphoria of David’s walk?

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