Today we walked an 8 mile circular route starting by following the Pennine way north over Pen-Y-Ghent.

Having driven up from Stainforth to the point where the Pennine way leaves the road to head north towards Pen-y-ghent, we managed to  find a well used parking area on the side of the road just after the cattle grid.

We then followed the track past Dale Head Farm and up towards Pen-y-ghent.

A fairly steady climb brings you to the path up from Horton in Ribblesdale on your left and also the start of the steep climbing section. The path follows rocky man made steps and some rougher sections.

You would need take care here if the weather was very windy, icy or snowing. Todays was just a little windy and a short sharp climb then brought us out onto a flag stone path which took us to the summit trig point and a small sheltered walled seating area.

From the summit we continued along the Pennine Way down an easy to follow track into the village of Horton in Ribblesdale.

In order to make this a circular route we made our return using footpaths over Dub Cote Scar and back onto the Pennine way.

The route was 8 miles in total and took 2 hours 45 minutes at a leisurely pace.

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