Ingleborough

Saturday 23 April 2016. Jacqui’s sore shoulder had recovered sufficiently well to allow her to walk with me for a second day and to do the walk up Ingleborough that we had planned to do last week. I particularly wanted to do this walk as it would take us up Ingleborough from Sulber Gate, a route that I should have done on my Dales High Way a couple of years ago but which I chose not to do in favour of walking around Ingleborough rather than going over the top. It made sense at the time as the alternative route saved me a few miles of road walking at the end of a long hard day.

Starting from Clapham we made our way through the tunnels and up the hill to the start of Long Lane. The history of these tunnels is documented here. Long Lane is aptly named as it does go on for quite a while but by way of compensation there are good views across Clapdale to one side and Thwaite Scars on the other. It was a bright sunny morning but with a chilly breeze. The sun would disappear later in the day and the wind-chill on top of Ingleborough would be quite intense. We stopped for coffee at Long Scar before briefly crossing a wall to take in the splendor of Moughton Scars with Pen-y-ghent away in the distance.

Turning just beyond Sulber Gate, the serious climbing began with a steady slog up past Sulber Pot and across Simon Fell Breast. We knew that it would be too exposed to have lunch on top of Ingleborough so we stopped on the way up enjoying the shelter of the last remaining wall before plodding on across the open fell. There were quite a few walkers close to the summit, either going up or coming down. As predicted, it was close to freezing at the top of Ingleborough (2,375ft) so, rather than making for the true summit at the cross shelter, we quickly headed for the path that would lead us back to Clapham. The descent over Little Ingleborough was notable for the many steps and it came as some relief when we hit more level ground close to Gapping Gill.

We bypassed Trow Gill on the way down towards Ingleborough Cave. Rather than returning via Clapdale Drive (60p charge) we chose to make one final ascent up to Clapdale Farm for the last section of the walk back to Clapham. The walk was just under 10½ miles with a total ascent of almost 2,200ft.

The weather for this holiday has been remarkably kind with no rain in the Lake District for the last 10 days. I managed to do 16 walks in the last 3 weeks and the total miles covered is 124 taking me to over a third of the way to walking another 1,000 miles this year.

Ingleborough – walk route

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