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Ingleborough

At 723m (2,373 ft), Ingleborough, with its famous flat topped profile, is perhaps best known of the Yorkshire Dales' famous "Three Peaks" (the other two being Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent).

Weather:

The weather in the Yorkshire Dales can be very changeable as anyone who as ever visited before will know. Some people say that you can get all four seasons in one day! This can make planning what to bring on your visit a problem and if you are walking in the hills then an unexpected change in the weather can sometimes be quite dangerous if you arenít well-prepared.

Route:

Our route starts from the north, and follows a well made path over a long series of duckboards. As you get closer there appears to be no way up the nearly vertical rock face, but there is a path - honest!

Once we have conquered this steep section, it mellows as we nearer the large summit Cain. Our descent back to Horton is long, but gentle on the legs - just as well after 23 miles!

Topography:

The distinctive shape of Ingleborough is due to the local geology, a broad cap of millstone grit atop a broader plateau of carboniferous limestone.

Geology:

Streams running off the millstone grit meet limestone rock further down the slopes where they disappear underground, falling into deep potholes and caverns such as those at Gaping Gill on the moors above Clapham and Alum Pot near Selside in Ribblesdale.

Interesting Fact:

There is also evidence of early human settlement of the area. Ingleborough hill fort is an iron-age settlement built by the Brigantes tribe.
Historians believe that it was constructed around the 1st Century to protect the tribe from the Romans.

Maps

OS Outdoor Leisure (1:25,000) no OL2
Harvey's Superwalker (1:25,000) Yorkshire Dales.

Tourist Information:

Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton in Ribblesdale
Station Inn, Ribblehead