Piggly and I had a great day out today.
- Distance: 18 miles (prolly 19+ with our wee lost bit)
- Ascent: 1,233m
- Descent: 1,237m
- Time: 9 hours
- Scoff: 3 cheese & marmite rolls (shared) + a ton of kibble (Piglet’s) + coffee (mine)
It looked from the forecast as though this was likely to be the only decent day in the next couple of weeks, and so Piglet suggested that we should get out and do something more substantial than our usual routes, to make the best of the weather. Catty suggested Ingleborough and Whernside (I suspect he was hoping to get rid of us for a whole day), and it sounded like a good plan to Piggly and me and so we did 🙂
We’ve done Ingleborough and Whernside several times before, but today we took a different route. Rather than descending steeply from Ingleborough towards Chapel-le-Dale and climbing up via Ellerbeck and Bruntscar to the top, before retracing our steps in order to descend, we continued after Ingleborough via Park Fell right down to the railway near the Ribblehead Viaduct, and went up Whernside from there. Afternwards we went down via Ellerbeck, crossed Scales Moor and–after descending the extremely steep Twisleton Scar End–bimbled back along the road to Ingleton.
There was only one point at which we were irritatingly misplaced. On descending from Park Fell Piglet persuaded me that we should bear left, but that wasn’t a good idea because we were faced with the railway line and no way to cross it. We therefore had to retrace our steps in order to come out at the point at which there’s a little bridge. Bizarrely, soon after that, a bloke asked me for directions! He must have been truly desperate 🙂 I was able to point him towards Horton in Ribblesdale, though, with the assistance of ViewRanger on my iPhone, so it was okay in the end.
I’m about to have dinner, and Piglet is already curled up on the sofa. Judging from the mess in the house on our return, the Cat has had all of his pals in!