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About Summiteer


24th March 2012

I'd mapped a route out and told anyone who would listen that we were going to climb Ingleborough today. However, circumstances dictated that the plan had to be changed, once we reached Settle, and I knew full well that there was another mighty Yorkshire Peak not far away, so Ingleborough's loss was Pen-y-Ghent's gain.


Stainforth Bridge

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....

Hellifield Railway Station

Hellifield Railway Station

Peter Ratcliffe and Izzy the Dog were also looking forward to our trip by rail to Ribblehead. It's a misty start, but a warm day is forecast.

Midland Railway Wyvern
The Midland Railway
Wyvern Logo

A Bygone Era

When the train arrived, it was full. All three carriages were fully occupied - approximately 200 passengers plus many standees. We stood in the bit at the end of a carriage. Northern Rail have been running a promotion for unlimited travel on any one day, for a £10 per ticket. It seems lots of folk had the same idea today.

Crowded Carriage

Crowded Carriage

When the train arrived in Settle, another 40 or so folk wanted to get on. Peter and I decided to get off as it was going to be like sardines on the run up the line and there was a risk that the doggies, like Izzy and the one above could get distressed. I've walked up Pen-y-Ghent from Settle before, so I know the way.

Settle Station

Settle Railway Station

If I'd known we were going to walk from Settle, we would not have taken the train. In the event, this train did not leave here for about another 40 minutes, we saw it later on. I wonder if over-crowding was the issue?

Tubular Fells

Map For Sale

Ribble Way

The Ribble Way

The walk from Settle to Stainforth follows the Ribble Way. These trees always catch my eye; mummy, daddy and baby tree...

River Ribble

The River Ribble

Stainforth Force

Stainforth Force

Izzy the Dog

Stainforth Bridge

Settle to Carlise Line

Settle to Carlisle Line

No steam trains today.

Stainforth Church

Stainforth Church

The walk to Pen-y-Ghent climbs steeply out of Stainforth and as we emerge from the mist, photo matter is in short supply as it's all brightness and no shapes or things of interest to point at.



We will have walked over six miles by the time we reach Churn Milk Hole, near the foot of the fell. One problem for Izzy and maybe some other dogs are the steep stiles, this is not an ideal walk for them.



The steep, south face of the fell awaits us. This is where the popular path from Horton joins us and we now have company.

Pen-y-Ghent Summit

Peter and Izzy on top of Pen-y-Ghent

Izzy's first ascent, Peter's first since schooldays, my first for two years.

Pen-y-Ghent walk

The Pennine Way

Climbers approaching from the west on the Pennine Way. We are aiming for Horton Railway Station and believe we have just enough time to get there for the 15:35. So we have to keep moving.


Pen-y-Ghent from the West

Walking party The Crown at Horton
Walking Group
The Crown Inn, Horton

Walk Scenes

Welcome refreshment at The Crown. Just enough time for a drink.



There is one breed of human that is less welcome in these parts....

No Trainspotters

This is discrimination, gricerism.

Horton Railway Station

Horton-in-Ribblesdale Railway Station

The 15:35 was actually the 15:56 due to a timetable-reading error. The train was a four carriage rake with plenty of seats, most of the Carlisle visitors would be on the next one.

Smart Phones

"His 'n Hers" Smart Phones

Walkers: Peter Ratcliffe, Izzy the Dog and Me.

Time taken: 4hr 40mins over a distance of 11.5 miles.

Route: Settle, Ribble Way to Stainforth, Southern approach to Pen-y-Ghent via Overdale, Churn Milk Hole, Pen-y-Ghent, Summit, Pennine Way down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Crown Inn, Horton Station.

Weather and conditions: Misty start and then sunny and warm.

Greetings Count: A few other folk on the way to Stainforth, then nobody else until the final approach to PyG. The summit area was busy and lots of folk on the route to Horton. Warm weather brings out the flies, the motorbikes and the fellwalkers.

Richard's Refreshment Review: We had a breakfast butty at The Naked Man Cafe in Settle and pints of cold stuff at The Crown Inn, Horton.

All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2012 ©

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