Pen-Ghent - Yorkshire Dales
Sun 12th May 2013
It was our second ‘away day’ of the year as we walk all the three peaks in the Yorkshire Dales.
Two weeks earlier we had been baked in sunshine as we climbed Whernside but today could not be more different as we climbed Pen-y-Ghent.
One thing that has really struck me over our visits to the Yorkshire Dales is how busy it is compared to Northumberland. In Northumberland you never see anybody all day but in the Dales this is certainly not the case, but what stunning scenery and mountains the Yorkshire Dales has to climb.
Pen-y-Ghent was shrouded in mist as we head off. We again had a well prepared experienced group of walkers who thankfully had waterproof clothing from head to toe. Wind, mist and rain where on the menu today but spirits where very high and everybody really enjoyed the challenge of walking in these conditions.
As we climbed steeply to the summit (in mist at this point) everybody managed very well and just 15 minutes before the summit we found a great sheltered spot for a quick lunch.
Then we climbed steeply to the summit for the famous summit shot. What an achievement in these conditions and the smiles said it all. Well done!
As we did Pen-Ghent as a circular walk we had a steep descent, but thankfully for much of this we were sheltered from the wind which was force 9 or 10 at this point.
Then as we headed back down to Horton on Ribblesdale the mist cleared and the sun came out. We could look back and see the epic mountain behind us.
We had all made superb time under hard conditions and the sense of what everybody achieved in such bad conditions may take a day or two to really sink in.
Well done everybody, a great group, a real team!