Ingleborough - Yorkshire Dales
Tue 28th May 2013
It was the third and final trip to the Yorkshire Dales to climb Ingleborough, the final summit in our series of guided walks up the Yorkshire Dales three peaks.
Over the past few weeks we have experienced every kind of weather you can imagine, but wow what a day we had today. Not a cloud in the sky and the temperature was perfect for walking.
We met at Ingleton and after leaving a vehicle transferred everybody to Clapham. By doing this we could walk a great horseshoe route taking in some of the best scenery on offer.
We left Clapham on foot passing through Clapham Estate as we followed the Clapham Beck as we gradually rose up the Ingleborough Cave. After this point the path travels along the bottom of a deep gorge before rising up out of it to some true hill ground.
As we reached the entrance to Gaping Gill, the largest cavern in Britain, it was busy with the winching they do over Bank Holiday weekends. They have been doing this for the past 50 years. It was like a mini village, full of tents and lots of activity.
We then continued with our walk as we first climbed Little Ingleborough. Just before the summit we stopped for lunch, this really gave us a great opportunity to take in this stunning landscape.
After lunch we topped Little Ingleborough before walking along the ridge before climbing Ingleborough itself.
What an achievement and it was smiles all round. Well done!
We had the ‘summit shot’ and we all took some time to take in the view and really enjoy the moment.
Our decent down was initially fairly steep but as it levelled out we could look back and really appreciate what an iconic mountain we had climbed.
Great weather, great company and the end of some truly brilliant walks. The away days in the Yorkshire Dales have been very rewarding and a very big thank you to everybody who has come along. The smaller groups has made for a great opportunity to build good friendships.