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Yorkshire Three Peaks
by Derek T » Mon May 31, 2010 10:37 am
Hewitts included on this walk: Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside
Date walked: 30/05/2010
Time taken: 10
Distance: 42 km
Ascent: 1600mRegister or Login free to be able to rate and comment on reports (as well as access 1:25000 mapping).
It was a fantastic day out which I found very physically challenging and with a great sense of achievement in having completed "The Challenge" in 10 hours and 25 minutes
The first leg of the route was the long hawl up the road from Horton to Ribble Head. This did get a few miles behind me quickly but I don't think the pounding my knees and feet took on the hard surface done me any favours for what was to come later in the day. The butty wagon was a welcome sight...
After scoffing down my bacon roll I followed the crowds along the side of the railway track heading north east and then north west to the east ridge of Whernside. This is a fairly straight-forward ascent on a very good path all the way up to the summit of this featureless lump of rock. It was a good feeling to see that I was now at the furthest point from my car in Horton and I convinced myself that the rest of the day would be easy from here
The descent down the south face of Whernside towards Chapel-le-Dale is steep and proved to be quite a strain on my old knees. When I reached the B6255 I made the mistake of not checking the map and turned right instead of left and added a 1/2 mile detour to my route. After turning back and trudging up the road I found the gate onto the path leading to Ingleborough. Again this is an easy path to follow, which is steep in places and takes you to the best ascent of the day from Humphry Bottom up to the ridge below Ingleborough summit. I'm not into scrambling so I found this to be quite exhilarating, especially in the stiff wind that was blowing across the north face. I passed a few tourists clinging to rocks and seemingly unable to move up or down which made me feel like a brave mountaineer until I realised that the only reason I was feeling brave was because I hadn't looked down
The descent towards Horton is easy but a very long trudge across a combination of rocky paths and limestone pavement. I felt really good for about the first three miles of this five mile stretch but it then seemed to take forever to get back to Horton. By this stage my feet were boiling and sore and my knees were aching and all I could think about was getting back to the car to take my boots off and rest. By the time I got to the car I had started to question how much I really wanted to climb Pen-y-ghent and I did consider giving up at that point as I was knackered and very sore. I then looked at the watch and realised that I was bang on the 8 hour target I had set for being at this point so that spurred me on. I put on fresh socks, ditched all non-essential items from the back-pack (such as the emergency 1.5 litres of water that had travelled 20+ miles without being touched) and I headed off past the school to climb the steep ascent. This seemed to take forever. My thighs and calfs were burning and my knees and feet really sore but I knew I had lots of time to get up and down within the 12 hours. It took me 1 hr 15 mins to reach the summit and all of a sudden the pains seemed to disappear. I knew this feeling would be short-lived so I decided to descend via the Pennine way to the north to avoid the steep descent of the route I had just come up. This added another mile to the route but it was worth it to avoid those steep rocks with very tired legs.
This was definitely the biggest physical challenge of my life and it's a great feeling to have completed it inside the time. I think my walk today will be more modest: perhaps to and from the kitchen a couple of times for another coffee and some painkillers
Thanks to Mountian Coward for the route information which made the navigation easy in an area of the world I had never visited before.
- mountain coward
by Derek T » Mon May 31, 2010 10:15 pm
mountain coward wrote:I was tempted to come with you
I would be happy to do that sometime so long as you are happy to carry your spare socks, do Pen-y-ghent first and wait an extra hour for your bacon butty
mountain coward wrote:Did you clock in and out at the caff so you can get a certificate if you want one?
The queue at the Cafe was too much for my impatience to bear so I didn't bother. I'm not fussed about the certificate, knowing I have done it is good enough for me
- mountain coward
by walk aboot » Tue Jul 13, 2010 10:28 pm
by overtheseatoskye » Fri Jul 30, 2010 1:38 pm
Wonderful veiw though from the top on what was a beautiful day.
by Graeme D » Sat Jul 31, 2010 9:38 pm
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