12th April 2008

Snow in the Yorkshire Dales - Pen Y Gent


Walk Overview
Time 09.45 to 12.15
Duration 2hr 30 min
Distance 6.25 mile
Ascent 1550 ft
Walking with Andrew Leaney
Horton in Ribblesdale - Brackenbottom - Pen-y-ghent - Pennine Way - Hull Pot - Horton Scar - Horton in Ribbledale
Fells visited
Directory places visited

Route Map

Well here's a surprise; no, I don't mean the snow, I mean because it's only April and this is my second walk outside the Lake District so far this year. Today's outing took us across to the Yorkshire Dales for a walk up Pen-y-ghent, where we were greeted by an almost complete covering of snow. Not what we expected at all.


There aren't much in the way of comments today I'm afraid. As this was my first walk in the Yorkshire Dales, I'd have been a little unsure of exactly what I was pointing out anyway, but the conditions today were not the best, as far as the views go. And as much as I enjoy being out and about in this weather, I have gladly sacrificed the snow for a clear day of blue sky and sunshine.


Heading into the cloud between Brackenbottom and the point at which we joined the ridge path to Pen-y-ghent.

Heading up , , ,

, , , , and looking down the steeper section below the summit.

Pen-y-ghent summit greeted us with a scene more like the one you'd expect to find in January than the middle of April.


And on the other side of the wall.
One thing we noticed on today's walk were the amount of sign posts. And although the Lake District isn't altogether devoid of them, you don't generally find them once you actually get onto the fells, which is where they'd be most useful. I don't think there's any need for them to be quite so big and intrusive, and if the truth be known I'd hate to see then all over the Lake District. But sadly, with the increasing amount of ill prepared people getting lost and then selfishly expecting the mountain rescue teams to be a guiding service (which of course they're not), this may be the way to go.



Interesting rock formations below Pen-y-ghent.


A slight de-tour took us to the collapsed cavern of Hull Pot.

As we lost height, the show / hail gave way to rain, but even that wasn't enough to dampen our spirits (pun intended).

Horton in Ribblesdale.

The final section of the track leading to Horton in Ribblesdale.


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