Pen-y-ghent 01-08-2018 – Leader Derek

Pen-y-ghent 01-08-2018 – Leader Derek

For those who did not do the 3 Peaks on June 8, today was the second instalment of three, the next thrilling instalment being in 2 weeks time (August 15) for Whernside.  The 14 who defied the road works and turned out today could not have had a better day for walking; never was it too warm or too cold, and rain did not threaten at all.  From Horton, Derek led us to Brackenbottom, but instead of taking us up the more direct but steeper route to our target, he hung a right and took a more circuitous and gentle route to approach what at times looked like K2 – the savage mountain – with Diana’s lovely photos showing what broad views we had en-route.  From hitting the Pennine Way near Churn Milk Hole, we had around 750 feet of climb to reach the summit.

Now 750 feet of climb does not sound too bad, but – as you will see from the profile – the ascent became ever steeper, until we were heading up a greater than 1:1 slope, ascending giant-sized stone steps that zig-zagged around.  Diana’s photos graphically depict the difficulties of the route; thank goodness it was dry and not very windy!  Along the way we met 3 ladies from Otley (actually from Norfolk, Sussex and Lancashire, but now living in Otley), who at one point could not see a way up when faced with a tall stone slab, but Graeme put them right – good lad.  At the top, the group photo included what Derek called 4 Pen-y-ghent virgins – Jenny, Linda, Glyn and yours truly.

From the summit we eschewed the Pennine Way, instead following the path due north towards Plover Hill, taking lunch in a depression (a physical one, not a mental one) en-route.  After Plover Hill we descended gently until – as you will see from the route profile – we hit a rocky downward path that was again 1:1, thus requiring VERY careful footwork, which happily we all managed.  This took us down to the oddly-named ‘A Pennine Journey‘ path, where we turned south west to reach Hull Pot after a couple of miles or so.  Hull Pot is actually a collapsed cavern, with little to explore underground, but it is an impressive hole measuring 91 metres (300 feet) long by 18 metres (60 feet) wide by 18 metres (60 feet) deep.

After admiring the pot, we continued on the same heading back to Horton, the rough and rocky path taking some toll on our feet, but with the continuing large views being a compensation.  After a great walk in Yorkshire, led by a Yorkshireman on Yorkshire Day, we were looking forward to refreshments in the Pen-y-ghent café, but this was closed today for personal reasons.  Some of us went to Wateredge in Settle, others to the Delicious Deli & Café at Gisburn, while the rest probably went straight home.  This in no way spoiled a wonderful day out in God’s own country, thanks to Derek.

Write up Arnold, pics Diana.  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. No stats today Arnold? Is that so we don’t know how hard it was?

    • arnolds

      Well, that could be the reason, Jenny, especially for the 1:1 ascents and descents. Graeme noticed the same thing. In fact, the stats were there but for some reason were not showing up. I have refreshed it all now, so you can have a look.

      Well done to both of you yesterday – a sterling effort. When I look at some of the photos of the ascent, they frighten me!

    • Only just read this and did not appreciate that Arnold did not provide any stats. You walked 10.45 miles with 585 metres of ascent. According to my digital mapping system the worst gradient both up and down was 32%. Derek

      • I did manage to get the stats to work in the end – 10.3 miles and 572 m ascent, so very close. Re the gradient, I just measured it on the profile. Looking at the featured photo, it is easy to believe my version,plus it makes me feel better!

  2. Graeme Adlum

    Great walk yesterday Derek. The lack of a tea room meant I didn’t get chance to say thank you.

    Photos and report capture what was a splendid day – well done Arnold & Diana.

    A big well done also to the 4 fellow walkers and friends who “lost there cherry” on top of Pen-y-ghent.

  3. Thank you from both of us to everyone for their help and encouragement yesterday. It was certainly a challenge for us but the achievement felt great. Thank you Derek for leading the walk, to Diana for the excellent photos and to Arnold for the excellent write up. You are a great group of friends!

  4. Derek Tate

    Thanks to Diana for the super photos and to Arnold for a great report. Sorry about the mess up regarding the lack of tea & cakes afterwards. For what it’s worth, I ended up at the ‘Old Vicarge Tearooms’ at Tosside. Derek

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