I was reminded the other day of the joy that is climbing a new summit for the first time. Of the rewarding feeling that you get when you get to the top of a hill, a ridge with a wonderful panorama or perhaps, even, a great big mountain.
I was driving along and saw two of Yorkshire’s ‘three’ iconic peaks – Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough – from the roadside. So I pulled over, and stopped to grab my camera and take a few photographs. I wasn’t hiking that day, or even planning to, but I wanted just to pause and capture them on camera. It reminded me of the two occasions when I walked the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks and loved the sense of achievement and stunning views along the way.
So here they are…
The lovely Pen-y-ghent (standing at 694 metres above sea level). Underneath big skies. It is often really windy on top, but ever such a satisfying climb from Horton-in-Ribbledsale.
And Ingleborough (my favourite – at 736 metres above sea level). Can you spot the flat-ish table top of Ingleborough on the horizon there?
Apologies to Whernside for not making an appearance this time. But it is another great walk, the tallest of them all at 736 metres and with fantastic views over the iconic Ribblehead viaduct.
Together the Three Peaks make for great individual walks, but also a popular all day adventure challenge – 24 miles, 1,585m of ascent and to be completed in under 12 hours. To find out more about this adventure visit the Three Peaks Challenge website.
If you need some extra navigation skills or would feel most comfortable to walk in Three Peaks Country with a guide, why not contact Yorkshire Dales Guides?
Will you be heading out in to Three Peaks country and the open road soon?