Pen-y-Ghent - Yorkshire Dales
Tue 29th April 2014
It was a damp journey down to the Yorkshire Dales and as we passed Whernside in the people carrier we could not even see the base of the mountain from the road, never mind the top but as we pulled into Horton of Ribblesdale there seemed to be a slight break in the weather.
As we pulled on our walking gear ready to start our walk the sun came out and for the mist lifted a little and we got our first glimpse of Pen-y-Ghent through the clouds and as we set off the waterproof over layers soon got peeled off as we settled into a gradual climb as we all warmed up.
The group where all fit and managed well.
On the same day the Three Peaks fell race was taking place so as we approached the main path up to Pen-y-Ghent we were treated to what looked liked a row of ants flowing down from the higher ground. We all took a few moments to marvel at the fitness of these hardy folk before the big climb started for ourselves.
About three quarters up the climb we found a great sheltered spot to enjoy out lunch with a great view over to Ingleborough and Whernside away to the right. With this size of group we had great conversation and with everybody’s fitness being so evenly matched it made for a real team feeling.
The final climb to the summit quickly warmed us all back up and as we reached the summit we had great views of this special part of the country.From the summit we steeply dropped down and thankfully with the ground and rocky ground being dry under foot it made it far easier than it could have been. It was just a case of just taking our time to ensure we all got down safely.The final decent was a lot more gradual and spirits where high as we kept finding parts of trekking poles under our feet which kept us all amused.
A great day was had by all and looking back at the day, how lucky where we with the weather.