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Ingleborough from Clapham

Ingleborough from Clapham

Postby martin.h » Mon Sep 14, 2015 8:17 pm

Hewitts included on this walk: Ingleborough, Simon Fell

Date walked: 29/08/2015

Time taken: 6

Distance: 22 km

Ascent: 846m

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A pre holiday walk to get the legs stretched.
With the Dales being close a longer than usual walk over Ingleborough was enough to loosen us up.
The route started in Clapham and went up the nice wide track that runs higher up but parallel with the Ingleborough Cave track.
After a few km's it terminates at a gate and turns into a good path beyond heading over the open hillsides towards
Sulber Gate. About halfway along theres a path to the left which heads towards the three peaks path
ImageDSC00867 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr
Cloudy Pen-y-Ghent from the path.

ImageDSC00868 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr
Inglborough in cloud.

ImageDSC00870 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr
ImageDSC00871 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr
and joins it just below a ruined shooting hut. We turned left along this path up the hillside as far a ladder stile over a wall.
Here we turned right up the slopes of Simon Fell over soggy peaty ground to arrive at the summit a short time later.

From here we followed the wall into the saddle between Simon Fell and Park Fell,
ImageDSC00873 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr
ImageDSC00874 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr
Ingleborough from the saddle.

ImageDSC00875 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr
Looking back to Simon Fell.

where we left it and took a direct line up the slopes to the trig pillar on Park Fell. On arrival the sun was out so we had our lunch behind the wall a little way from the summit sheltering from the wind that had whipped up during the walk over, Pen-y-ghent was in full view looking rather grand.
ImageDSC00877 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr
Trig on Park Fell.

From Park Fell we headed back towards Ingleborough walking along the broad ridge with views to Whernside the Howgills and Lakeland.
ImageDSC00878 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr

ImageDSC00879 by Martin Hawer, on Flickr
Ingleborough from the path off Park Fell

We could see loads of people on Ingleborough and when we reached the main path up from Chapel-le-Dale we met a good few folk, some were three peaker's others were just up from Chapel-le-Dale these were the first people we'd seen up to this point it just goes to show you can escape the crowds in the Dales if you get off the beaten track.

From the summit of Ingleborough we headed towards the main path coming up from Clapham, joined it and headed over Little Ingleborough down to Gaping Ghyll where the caving club were doing their annual August Bank Holiday stint with the winch down the main shaft of the cave, I've been on it in the past and it's great fun.

We bypassed the crowds and walked above Trow Gill on the way back to Clapham only rejoining the main path a wee bit before Ingleborough Cave where we followed the Woodland Trail back to Clapham.
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Re: Ingleborough from Clapham

Postby ChrisW » Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:33 am

More of "gods own country" and this time with a blue sky summit what more could you ask :wink: As 'warm up walks' go Martin this was a beauty :clap:
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Re: Ingleborough from Clapham

Postby Broggy1 » Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:04 am

So true about the Dales.

The three peaks and Buckden/Great Whernside are always busy but other places can be totally dead.

Park Fell and Simons Fell especially are surprisingly quiet being so close to Ingleborough.
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Re: Ingleborough from Clapham

Postby Alteknacker » Tue Sep 15, 2015 11:08 pm

It's probably 45 years since I was last up Ingleborough - this fair brought a tear to my eye! Such a fine area.
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