A walk up Ingleborough.

Readers of this blog will probably realise that hills are not my natural environment, never mind mountains! At 723 metres, Ingleborough is definitely a mountain and one of the three highest in Yorkshire. Together with nearby Whernside and Pen-y-ghent , they are known collectively as The Yorkshire Three Peaks. Some people set themselves the challenge of walking up all three in one day. Mad or what! On a camping trip last year , I managed to talk some friends out of dragging me up Ingleborough ( we walked the less daunting Ingleton Falls Trail instead), such is my horror of heading up into the clouds.

The day would come however ( and that day was a glorious Bank Holiday Monday), that I would reach the top of my first mountain…

We set off from The Old Hill Inn , just above the village of Ingleton, 4 adults, 2 children, 2 bedlington terriers and 1 black labrador. The weather was warm, but fortunately a cooling breeze helped us on our way. This route is the shortest one you can attempt apparently. A 2.5 mile walk up to the summit.

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Ingleborough.

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Heading for the hills.
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Limestone.

The scenery as you walk towards Ingleborough is varied. Plenty to look at including limestone kilns, limestone pavements and wild flowers such as Cotton grass and Early purple orchids.

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Looming nearer.
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Stairway to heaven. ๐Ÿ˜‰

So why do I not relish climbing hills? Well despite the fact that I enjoy walking, walking up hill always makes me feel like my heart is going to shoot out of my chest. ๐Ÿ˜• I know getting your heart pumping is meant to be a good thing, but I tend to convince myself that my death is imminent. I also hate it if anyone is behind me ( incase I am holding them up) and tend to stop to let them pass. I therefore find myself way behind everyone else in no time, stopping for breath every couple of minutes. Happily I don’t really feel any aching leg pains on the way up, because I am to busy hyperventilating. ๐Ÿคฃ

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Top of Ingleborough.

But hey I did make it!! And that has to be one of the best feelings in the world. I made it to the summit of Ingleborough. ๐Ÿ˜

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A good place to stop for lunch.
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This mountain top is vast and very flat.
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Craggy pathway.

After eating our packed lunches we tentatively retraced our steps back down the mountain. As you can see , it would be handy to be a mountain goat on both the ascent and descent.

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Rocky descent.
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Sheep in Cotton grass.
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Cooling off. ๐Ÿ˜

Our afternoon was topped off with a celebratory drink in the Old Hill Inn beer garden, with views towards the mountain we had just conquered. ๐Ÿ˜Š

And would I walk up another mountain? We are already planning on Whernside in a couple of weeks, so watch this space…….

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28 thoughts on “A walk up Ingleborough.”

  1. Cotton grass! Thank you! We walked up Kinder Scout yesterday and had to call it rabbit tail because we didnโ€™t know the name.
    What a beautiful walk.

    1. Well rabbit tail is as good a name as any. They definitely look like fluffy bunny tails. ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope you enjoyed your walk up Kinder Scout. I love that name. ๐Ÿ˜

  2. There’s no stopping you now! Well done on your hike! The Bleaberry Tarn walk was steep steps all the way up too. It’s very tiring! I am always behind everyone too! Little legs don’t help LOL. Keep going you’re doing great! xx

  3. The flat top of the hill viewed from a distance reminds me of a mini Table Mountain – at least it was level when you got up there ๐Ÿ™‚ I love the photo of the dogs in the pond, I think I would have been inclined to join them as it really was hot that day ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. It does look like a mini Table mountain. ๐Ÿ˜
      It was a hot day but luckily we did have a good breeze which made it quite pleasant. Think the bow wows appreciated their dip! X

  4. For a birthday ‘gift ‘a few years ago, my husband made me do the the peaks in its entirety. … For my efforts I got sun burnt the back of my legs however on the plus side, I beat him (by about 5 minures) and he got blisters! Well done, it was worth it, I love looking down a hill at where we were and then once back down, looking up at where we had been!

    1. Thank you. Yes the Bedlingtons are very cute and both have totally different characters. Bel is as good as gold and Becksley is definitely a baddie! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜x

  5. Well done! I wish I could still do things like that but arthritis joints put an end to such challenging ascents some years ago. I climbed Scafell in my youth and loved the experience – the descent seemed harder, somehow. Lovely photos as usual!

  6. Well done you ! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘
    Weโ€™ll make a mountaineer out of you yet! And donโ€™t worry about stopping. Nobody will bother (unless theyโ€™re a miserable so and so).

  7. Oh, lovely Shazza & although I’ve viewed Ingleborough from afar (think that is the one you can see from Ribblehead Viaduct), we’ve never enough time in our holidays to do all we want. Maybe next time (hoping), when we are over I’ll get in some more walks I’d like to do. It all looks lovely & make my heart race just seeing the wonderful photos of Yorkshire. Thanks & take care.

  8. This could be the start of a new you, not afraid to tackle those hills! Well done – worth a walk to the top for those views. I walked part way up Ingleborough a few years ago when I was winched down Gaping Gill, but didn’t walk right to the top as it was a cold, wet and foggy day!

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