Yorkshire Dales Weekend - September 14/15th

Posted 16/9/2019

It was on early start for DVWG traveling north to Horton in Ribblesdale for our Yorkshire Dales weekend. Our party was due to meet at 10am.

By 10.30am we were parked and had negotiated large toilet queues, heading out of the village to Pen Y Ghent. 

It was fair to say that the village was crowded with large numbers of 3 peak walking groups. We left the village via Brackenbottom on an ascending field footpath before meeting the foot hills of Pen-Y-Ghent massif on Fawcett Moor.

After a refreshment break we tackled the short steep ascent which included some scrambling to meet a paved path which led us to the summit in an impressive time of just less than two hours.

After lunch we continued along the moor following a quite boggy route onto Plover Hill one of the quieter peaks on the ridge.

The descent from Plover Hill was steep and tricky with no margin for error due to the sheer drop which was possible from the path, our party of ten negotiated this swiftly and safely descending to a bridle way which was to return us to Horton.

Crossing Horton Moor we stopped to view Hull Pot, a large collapsed cavern which was pretty impressive.

Our final track back to Horton was a 1.5 miles rocky stretch of the Pennine Way to complete our walk and a well deserved beer at The Crown Hotel as a reward.

The star of the day was undoubtedly Paul Whitham, who tackled his first mountain walk since a serious road accident in late 2018 admirably, even if he was seriously tired afterwards.

Next we were off to The YHA at Ingleton and once showered off to The Wheatsheaf for a great group meal.

The evening after DVWGs away trips can often become messy with our group sampling local hostelries as part of the groups undertaking to help stem the high number of pub closures in the UK, it was simply stunning to hear drinking challenges being made and accepted by some of our group.

Breakfast on Sunday morning was a quiet affair with our group taking a hearty meal at the YHA before some of us traveling to Hawes while Andrea and Audrey headed for home.

We assembled in Hawes, joined by Amanda and Barry heading out of the village along the Pennine Way to the village of Hardraw, where we visited the grounds of the Green Dragon pub to view Hardraw Force, England’s highest unbroken waterfall. The waterfall and surrounding beck is simply stunning and is well worth a visit.

Our intention was to continue back to Hawes via Simonstone however our party of eight decided to simply stroll back along the Pennine Way back to Hawes and the end of our walk, where after warm goodbyes we headed for home.

Well done and thank you to everyone who attended, remember our 3rd Yorkshire Peak trip in 2020 will be an ascent of Ingleborough.