I guess what I really like about blogging, in my case very delayed blogging, is that it allows me to look back at what I have done and reminisce about good times. It does make me kind of sad though thinking about how times have flown by, especially this summer, but that could be due to the fact that I’m start my new job tomorrow – entering real life – which means limited free time and no holidays that will last more than one week at a time – well definitely no more than the 5 months of holidays you roughly get whilst at uni! Is that why people say university is the best time of your life? Well, I really enjoyed the the free time, and the ability to work at my own place – e.g work, eat, watch tv, chill a bit more, work, more breaks, go into town etc. you get the idea… bit like freelance work I guess… – and obviously the chance to meet so many people (easily) with the numerous societies and clubs. Time for me to stop moping and continue with my explorations, so back to June we go.
So, the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge? Nope. Climb Yorkshire’s three highest peaks in 12 hours for those who doesn’t know about the challenge. It was the first time Rosie and I were doing it, so why rush it and miss a great opportunity to capture the Yorkshire Dales! We did a much more relaxing version of the challenge… three peaks in three days – doesn’t exactly sound like an achievement as the challenge, but you would soon forget all of that once you starting hiking.
Our first day comprised of taking a train directly to the village of Horton-in-Ribblesdale – see how great Leeds is, so close to the countryside! I really can’t hype Leeds enough – and setting up camp at Holme Farm (if camping isn’t your thing there are two inns in the village). Once settled we headed for our first peak, Pen-y-ghent – at 694m it is the smallest of the three peaks – and ascended via the south-side (steeper side) on advice from one of the farm workers. Advice: if it rained you’d rather be going up the steep side than going down!
Quick review of Holme Farm: A very basic camping site, but most importantly it is clean and cheap (£4 per night for us). The toilets were ‘useable’ however, a bit on the small side, but loo rolls were provided. When it rained though, the biggest challenge was keeping your trousers off the floor and dry! There was also an indoors washing facility with hot water and washing up liquid and sponges provided. The biggest downside was that you had pay £1 to use the showers (they didn’t look amazing, hence why we didn’t shower. Yes, we probably did smell…). Oh most importantly, the owner and workers were friendly!
Overview of the walk: 1hr 30mins to walk up and 1hr 50mins to walk back down – we did stop a lot for photos though. We headed towards Brackenbottom via St Oswald’s church and past a school and eventually along Brackenbottom Scar. – Side note, we used the OS Explorer OL2 map for this trip!
Making our way to the bottom of Pen-y-ghent, we could see as far as Horton Quarry and the outline of Ingleborough along with the rolling hills of the Dales, making me wonder why anyone would want to rush this – especially seeing how far in the distant Ingleborough was.
Starting our 200m steep ascent along the Pennine Way, we were greeted with a well marked and paved path, however I found the small steps to be very tiring, making the climb more difficult than I had anticipated!
Arriving at the top we quickly found a spot on the grass amongst the many other hikers, and started filling up on food whilst braving the chilling winds! Tummies and cameras satisfied we headed back down via the Pennine Way (longer way down, but much easier on the legs), however light rain started to fall on us… Once back we had a quick nose around the village and then it was time for food! Great as we had to cook dinner outside and it was still drizzling…
To the day off we headed for the Golden Lion for a drink and to watch the Euros – There are two pubs in the village, however I wouldn’t call the other one a pub… it had no atmosphere and was quiet… Next Ingleborough!