Monday 26 August 2013

A Bit More Pennine Way....and a Wildcamp that didn't happen!

The plan was to catch the train from Horton-in-Ribblesdale to Gargrave, and walk back to Horton on the Pennine Way. This I thought would make a pleasent couple of days, bearing in mind that I wouldn't start walking until 11.45 (this was the first train). So backpacking gear shouldered off I went.....

Leaving Gargrave the going is very rural....a good sign all the cows are on top of the hill (good weather sign in country lore) or perhaps their up there cos thats where the Bull is!

The trail then crosses Eshton Moor. Not really a moor in the normal sense.

I was soon at Airton, from here I'd walked all of the rest of the trip before.

Hanlith Hall set in well manicured parkland is the next significant landmark

The first glimpse of Malham Cove, I knew Malham would be busy but was still suprised by the throngs of people everywhere.

Must folk seemed to be at the cafes and pubs. Malham Cove looking magnificent as usual

Silly old fool got close to the edge for this shot...I should know better at my age.

The Ice Cream van was a welcome sight as I approached Malham Tarn. Vimto and Ice Cream eaten I continued round the tarn and through the groubds of the house.

This is the approach to Tennant Gill Farm, and the start of the climb of Fountains Fell.

I' d picked up water on the climb to Fountains Fell, this was my planned wildcamp spot. But arriving at 5 o'clock I was much earlier than expected. I had some thinking to do! I dumped most of the water and decided to carry on over          Pen-y- Ghent.

The boadwalk leading to the south ridge.

The trig on Pen-y-ghent looking back at Fountains Fell. There were quite a few folk about which surprised me, I was a bit disappointed that I'd dumped the water as there was a good pitch close to the summit!

The last of the evening light aa I walked down to Horton. It had been an excellent afternoon/evening walk, I couldn't understand how the 23ish miles had felt so easy.


  1. Stunning day. Thats fair mileage seeing that you were carrying all your gear and you set of late. Well done.

  2. That brought it all back
    Are you following me?

  3. It was very warm Alan, but with a light breeze, perfect walking weather.Perhaps the crowds in Malham spurred me on to the peace and quiet of Malham Tarn and beyond!

  4. Who's stalking who Alan? Now heres a worry for you...and this is a secret, so don't tell anyone :-) I have decided to put an entry in for the 2014 TGOC!