Horton in Ribblesdale

Sunday 22nd April 2012

Today the club visited Horton in Ribblesdale and as usual there were three walks.

Bob McConnell led the A party.

Route description.

This is a reasonable but not over challenging walk along a variety of terrain including a little tarmac, defines paths, tracks and fields, some of which are likely to be a little wet and boggy. The walk also includes a bit of scrambling, some ascents to a maximum of 1760 feet and descents, one of which is quite steep and dramatic.

From the car park we walk along the main road until we reach the Norman Parish church from which point we follow a narrow lane with a stream on our left.We leave the lane and follow a path climbing steadily through fields with Pen-y-Ghent ahead. There is a bit of a climb to reach the summit but once there (weather permitting) we will have a superb all round view with Ingleborough and Whernside dominating the panorama.

Our route then continues along the ridge joining Pen-y-Ghent and Plover Hill. The summit of Plover Hill affords fine views into Littondale and beyond. We then follow a path that descends steeply and dramatically across Foxup Moor to a path that we follow in the general direction of Horton in Ribblesdale, passing the magnificent chasm of Hull Pot.

A little further on we meet a lane which leads us back to Horton in Ribblesdale. Depending on time and weather conditions we will either take this route or detour for a longer stretch back taking us over Wither Hill and other undulating and lush landscape eventually reaching the Pennine Way along which we will make our way back to Horton in Ribblesdale.

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Helen Howell led the B party. Distance 9.5 miles.

We leave the car park and cross railway lines to take a path up which is a steady climb but not too long and can be taken at your own pace. Turning at a sign for Austwick we follow a path across grass and lime stone to a stile with hopefully lovely views across to Pen-y-Ghent. On the recce last Monday it was both sunny and cloudy but a clear dry day. We continue to follow a wall and cross a stile to follow a path down to a bridleway to reach Wharfe. We then unfortunately have a stretch of road walking before taking a path across fields to reach Dry Rigg quarry and follow a path round the quarry to reach Foredale and then down to reach the Ribble Way and follow the river back to Horton.

Dry Rigg Quarry

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Hilary Turner led the C party on an undulating 6.5 mile walk.

The first section of the walk follows the Pennine Way along a well made track heading towards Pen-y-Ghent. The climb is all in the first half of the route, but it is not too steep and we will take it at our own pace. There are no stiles until the final section of the walk but a few gates will give us the opportunity to catch our breath.

We leave the Pennine Way to those who are climbing Pen-y-Ghent and visit Hull Pot, a large and dramatic hole in the ground, then make our way across fields and moorland to pick up another section of the Pennine Way, which takes us down into Horton. We cross the bridge and follow the Ribble Way along the river bank, then across a footbridge and over fields to the lane which takes us back into the village for that essential cup of tea.

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