~Settle to Ingleton (the hard way!)~
13th March 2010
Part 4 of the long walk from home to Lakeland. Originally it was to be a low-level walk, close to the road, but I noticed a large fell not too far from the road, so I went to take a closer look, David Dimmock accompanied me....
DD on Ingleborough Summit
Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk
It's 8am and we have parked out of the way near the railway line and walked up to Settle village centre. The plan is to head over Stackhouse to Feizor and then to Wharfe.
The sky is laden with low cloud, these early scenes lack colour. Look closely and you will see baby tree in between mummy and daddy tree.
Here we are heading for Wharfe and there's a suggestion of brighter skies in the distance. We have walked over Stackhouse, through Feizor and past Wharfe Wood.
David and The Snowdrops
You will have to visit David's Picasa set (bottom of the page) to see if he got the photo he was looking for.
Haven't we seen all this before somewhere?
David and The Snowdrops (6th March 2010)
This is the area where sheep used to be washed to remove parasites. The stream was dammed to make a pool.
The Norber Erotics
Boulders litter the landscape. Abandoned by retreating glaciers many years ago, so they say.
Moughton Scars from upper Crummack Dale, we're making good progress and now it's a lovely Spring day.
Pen-Y-Ghent and Moughton Scars
Thieves Moss is down there to the right.
No injuries reported.
Walkers and Pen-Y-Ghent
Ingleborough - up ahead
The Final Ascent of Ingleborough
David Dimmock on Ingleborough
We have made it to the top of Ingleborough, 5hrs after setting off from Settle. We have covered around 10 miles so far. This is my first visit to this summit for about 30 years.
The edge of Simon Fell from Ingleborough summit. Quite cold up here with a brisk NW breeze. Plans for a leisurely lunch in the shelter were abandoned as all seats on the leeward side were taken. By sloths who probably had not walked 10 miles and started 5 hrs ago.
Me on top of Ingleborough
The Way Down
Looking Back to Ingleborough
Look into the distance and you may be able to see Heysham Power Station. Nearly there now.
No trains today; we are almost back in Ingleton and we are on schedule to catch the 3pm bus back to Settle.
A mere £1.90 to travel the 10 miles back to Settle, how's that? Free for the over 60's, of course.
That's Part 4 done and I've now walked from home in Burnley as far as Ingleton. There's no turning back now, mind you, I did and got home for 5pm.
Walkers: David Dimmock and Me
Time taken: 6hrs 40mins over a distance of approx. 13 miles.
Route: Settle, Stackhouse, Feizor, Wharfe, Crummack Dale, Theives Moss, Ingleborough, Fell Lane, Ingleton.
Weather and conditions: Misty start, sunny middle, cool top and cloudier finish.
Greetings Count: Moderate, plenty of walkers on Ingleborough.
Richard's Refreshment Review: The Singing Kettle in Settle for a brew. Good place for light lunches and afternoon tea etc.
No Giants on the Fells!
All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2010 ©