Tuesday, 12th April 2011


Walk: Ribblehead Viaduct, Park Fell, Simon Fell, Ingleborough, Sulber, Selside
Start Point: Lay-by near Ribblehead Viaduct Grid Ref: SD 765 792
Distance: 12 miles Ascent: 2,830 feet
Weather: Sunny spells with a cold wind in exposed areas, very strong on Ingleborough
Accompanied by:

On my own

Comments: To put a new slant on climbing Ingleborough I decided to start from Ribblehead viaduct and head over Park Fell and Simon Fell. On the way there were good views of Ribblesdale and over to Pen-y-Ghent. Apart from a couple of boggy areas the path was generally a good one with some very pleasant springy green sections. Climbing to the summit of Ingleborough I was met by a very strong and cold wind, quite a contrast to the balmy weather a couple of days earlier. Descending by the same route the rocky track across to Sulber is somewhat tedious but the 'bowling green' like surface on to Selside more than makes up for it. The climb across Selside Shaw seems a little unkind at the end of a very enjoyable walk.


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A goods train crosses the viaduct as I arrive at the lay-by


Lime kiln


The climb up onto Park Fell - but this is a false summit!!


Looking across the valley to Whernside with the viaduct in the centre . . .


and zooming in on the viaduct


Park Fell summit with Ingleborough in the distance


Looking over the Ribble Valley to Pen-y-Ghent . . .


and again from the cairn on Simon Fell


In the opposite direction Ingleborough looms in shadow . . .


but after crossing the unusual stile and walking across Simon Fell . . .


the sun gives Ingleborough a completely different character


Souther Scales Fell


The trig point and cairn on a very cold Ingleborough summit


The signpost at Sulber crossroads with Pen-y-Ghent in the distance


A couple of lambs snooze in the afternoon sun . . .


but these two keep an eye on the 'intruder' . . .


and another couple seek comfort from mum


Limestone 'cliffs'


A row of interesting houses near Gauber Road


There seem to be quite a few oyster catchers in the field

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