|All smiles as the day begins.|
An early start saw me travel to the Yorkshire Dales with Ross (Shears Yard), Clare, Sam & Owen (Mojo's) and Andy & Jenny (Blind Tyger) for a day in the outdoors. The assembled group were all willing participants and a world away from the view of bar folk as generally up all night and drinking as much as they serve......?
After stashing water around at points around the route we set out from the 'Old Hill Inn' and made our way towards the first hurdle of the locally named 'Devils Staircase'. The groans that come from every group as they near the steep winding stone staircase were slightly delayed due to the heavy mist but were audible as soon as the ascent became visible. With everybody getting 'stuck in' we were soon above the staircase and making our way onto the gritstone plateau, we then made our way through the mist and buffeting side winds to Ingleborough summit.
|Team Mojo get carried away with themselves.|
|Ingleborough Summit (723m) and no view of Morcambe Bay today.|
The mist had lifted and the late summer sun was over head as we made our way up Pen y Ghent. There are a couple of trains of thought as to where the name 'Pen y ghent' originated, in Cumbric language 'Pen y Ghent' may have meant 'hill on the edge or border' whilst a translation in a close Welsh dialect would have been 'hill of the wind'. In my experience I can easily see where the Welsh meaning is close to the mark.
|The mist lifts heading up Pen y Ghent.|
|The path up to Pen y Ghent.|
|Clare nears the top of Pen y Ghent.|
|Pen y Ghent summit (694m)|
From Pen y Ghent it is then the long 7.5mile walk to the Ribblehead Viaduct. We stopped at 'Gods Bridge' for a bite to eat and a welcome change of socks (the key to a comfortable completion of the route in my opinion) and the group 'banter' helped the miles go by.
|Heading for Whernside.|
|looks 'like a bridge over Ribble water'!|
|The always impressive Ribble Head viaduct.|
|The long path up to Whernside|
|Andy & Jenny with some of the locals|
|Whernside (736m) summit, nearly done.|
Well done all!