Plover Hill, Foxup, Pen-y-Ghent Gill, Pennine Way,
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||Sunny and hot
||Feeling in need of some
climbing I headed to Pen-y-Ghent but decided to change
the route I usually follow after descending from Plover
Hill. After a gradual ascent over Brackenbottom Scar the
climb up the end of Pen-y-Ghent was quite enjoyable.
Despite the recent dry weather there were still a few
boggy areas to be navigated on the route to Plover Hill.
North of the summit the descent has been made much
easier by the development of a stepped path. Normally I
have turned west on reaching the cross path but today I
turned east in the direction of Foxup. Initially the
path was narrow and a little muddy in places but this
quickly changed to a wider green path. From Foxup I
headed south to reach the Littondale Road. After a short
stretch along the road I turned off onto a path that
paralleled Pen-y-Ghent Gill - a bit rough in places.
After reaching Blishmire House the road must be followed
again to Dale Head where the Pennine Way is joined for a
short time. Forsaking my original plan I headed up to
the foot of Pen-y-Ghent to descend back over
Brackenbottom Scar and return to the car.
Scroll down to see photos of the walk
Pen-y-Ghent from Brackenbottom Scar . . .
and again from the start of the climb
Summit trig point - most of the climbing now done!
The upgraded descent from Plover Hill
Heading across Foxup Moor . . .
but missing out Foxup itself
Pen-y-Ghent Gill . . .
with some pipe repair needed . . .
to stop wasting . . .
so much water
Pen-y-Ghent comes back into view
Lots of thistles now in flower
Possibly some sort of Warbler?
Time to go
Lots of farmers are busy during a sunny dry spell
Must be a vintage car rally nearby - lots of cars passed this way
The ascent route onto Pen-y-Ghent
Looking back from the bottom of the ascent the buttercup field can
be seen just above centre . . .
taking a closer look
The final climb (no, not all the way up!) . . .
before returning via Brackenbottom Scar
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