Friday, 20th February 2015

Walk: Park Fell, Simon Fell, Ingleborough, Gaping Gill, Clapham Bottoms, Long Scar, Sulber Gate, Selside, Colt Park
Start Point: Gauber Road lay-by Grid Reference: SD 770 789
Distance: 13.5 miles Ascent: 2,900 feet
Time: 6.5 hours
Weather: Very cold wind on the tops

Using the Gauber Road lay-by avoided some of the road walking at the beginning of this route. After passing the trig point on Park Fell a short hail shower reminded us that it is still Winter, as did the bitterly cold wind on Ingleborough. Conditions improved as we descended to Gaping Gill and it was a pleasant walk back to the car via Sulber Gate and Selside.

The rounded design of Colt Park lime kiln is not common in this part of the Dales. It was probably built in the 19th century to supply lime for agricultural use in the local area. Soils were acidic and could only support low quality grasses. Liming reduced this acidity and made the pastures more productive, boosting farmers’ incomes. Further information may be found by pasting the link below into your browser;

Colt Park lime kiln

Park Fell trig point . . .

surrounded by mist

Ingleborough Cross shelter . . .

where I choose the 'high seat' - but only for a photo . . .

as the ice crystals demonstrate the intense cold . . .

and become the focus . . .

for lots of photos . . .

and before I get too cold . . .

a quick close up of the crystals

A quick shot at the trig point - it is as cold as it looks (or even colder)!

The weather is much better at Gaping Gill but the mist still covers Ingleborough in the distance

The cloud has just cleared from Pen-y-Ghent

A hidden path takes us above the limestone escarpment

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