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Walking Ingleborough Mountain

Posted on 26 November 2014 by

Ingleton, where I stayed for my trip, lies a few minutes away from a great route up Ingleborough Mountain. Ingleborough is the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales and is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. There is an annual challenge that involves running up all three of these one after the other; this was definitely not on the cards for me Рperhaps in another life? I had originally intended to drive over to Fountains Abbey but with the weather so fine it seemed to be a shame to spend so much of the day in the car. The peak of Ingleborough Mountain dominates the surrounding area and I thought this would be a great opportunity to explore.

The route from Ingleton up Ingleborough Mountain begins with a short climb across Storrs Common before following a walled lane besides fields and farmland, issuing into the wide open of Crina Bottom. Here the path leads alongside a remote farm building but I took a little detour down to Rantry Hole, a small dell containing a pothole and a spring, all watched over by an ancient tree. Returning to the path you pass a small stream and some high scars before making a steep and winding ascent through the limestone cliffs towards the summit. It’s a beautiful route, particularly to somebody used to the relatively flat landscape of south Hampshire. Here the landscape is a changing cast of vistas, of peaks and valleys, trees and rocks. The weather, although generally fine, had begun to close in by the time I reached the final ascent and on occasion the sun fighting its way through the clouds would send ghostly pillars of light towards the earth. It is very easy to fall in love with the landscape here.

The summit of Ingleborough Mountain offers sweeping views from all angles including an aspect of the distant Ribblehead viaduct, serene in the centre of what seems to be an unending plain. From here you could continue one of many ways, perhaps east towards Gaping Gill and Clapham, or north towards Chapel-le-Dale. For me, it was time to turn back. Next time, though… next time.

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