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HALT STAGE 9 - Chapel le Dale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Starting point: St Leonard's Church, Chapel le Dale (SD 738772)
Distance: 7.25 miles
Ascent:
1703'
Date: Wednesday 26th October 2011

All of the photographs on these Gallery pages were taken by Derek Cockell when he and his wife Alison helped to test walk the route after it was devised by David and Heather Pitt. The test walk took place during the summer and autumn of 2011 and spring and summer 2012. Please note that all photos in this gallery are copyright of Derek Cockell and are not to be used without express permission.

Route: From St. Leonard's Church, cross the B6255 and take a path signposted Ingleborough 2 miles. Pass to the right of farm buildings and enter Southerscales Nature Reserve. the grassy path meets a stony track, the route of the Three Peaks walk and there is a flagged path across the open moor. A final pitched path leads to the summit ridge and a short walk to the wind shelter. For Horton, retrace your steps and take the right-hand path where the path forks. The route is clear all the way to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, passing through an area of limestone pavement en-route. Cross the Settle-Carlisle railway line at Horton station and then cross the River Ribble before turning right into Horton.


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The bridge at Kirkby Lonsdale


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Pen-y-ghent at the beginning of the day


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Ribblehead Viaduct - a testament to the skill of the railway engineers of the Victorian era


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St Leonard's Church at Chapel-le-Dale at the beginning of the walk


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Looking southwest towards Ingleton from the slopes of Ingleborough


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And the first view of Ingleborough is not very promising


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Our ascent route


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Whernside is free of cloud


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Chapel-le-Dale


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Is that cloud clearing off the top?


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Limestone pavement


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Gradually seeing more of the summit of Ingleborough


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Braithwaite Wife Hole - a very deep shake hole


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The flagged path to the summit of Ingleborough on the Three Peaks route


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The cloud is definitely clearing out


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The steep bit of the climb


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Green Hill along the ridge


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Nearing the summit of Ingleborough


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The test walkers nearing the top


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The distant Howgills


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Striding out


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The wind shelter at the summit of Ingleborough at 2373'


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Alison atop the remains of a hospice built in 1830 and later destroyed


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The descent route to Horton-in-Ribblesdale


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Looking back towards Ingleborough


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Hardy walkers


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The test walkers take a breather


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A section of limestone pavement on the descent


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Fascinating sculpted shapes


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The finger post indicates our path


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Sulber Nick is boggy


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First view of Horton in the valley below


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Horton-in-Ribblesdale


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Pen-y-ghent in the evening light


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Horton station


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River Ribble at Horton


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Lovely dappled evening sunlight on the tower of St Oswald's Church


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The last rays of the evening sun fall on Pen-y-ghent














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