In part 1, I scrambled up, and slid down Whernside and Ingleborough, the two biggest peaks in Yorkshire, in my first crack at seeing what the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge involves.
In this part, we returned to the Dales to climb Pen Y Ghent, the slightly smaller of the three, in what we hoped would be a much easier day.
For a start off, it was now April, and a month later than the original walk. Spring had just started to establish, although in these parts winter can still return with a sudden shudder. It was a bit chilly, but not too bad at all.
View from part way up Pen Y Ghent. Not too sure if the flat mountain slightly to the left is Ingleborough. Wasn’t thinking of Ingleborough at all on this occasion as I wasn’t climbing it again for another month.
So far it was easy, a gentle ascent up the lower slopes.
Same view as the first picture, but much higher up and further on.
As we neared the top, there was quite a lot of scrambling to do, but nothing too challenging. Before this picture was taken, I had already navigated my way round and over plenty of large rocky outcrops.
After reaching the trig point, just over an hour after we’d started, we found a sheltered spot to eat some dinner, then started back down the other side. The stoney path gave way to a very long drag back down, much less interesting than the way we’d climbed up.
On this occasion we were only climbing Pen Y Ghent to get a feel for it. The official Three Peaks route cuts off and heads across moorland towards the Ribblehead viaduct, which is where we were due to head a month later for the real thing.
I found Pen Y Ghent easy enough (for me, anyway). We were up and down in no time, and enjoying a brew in the cafe back in Horton-In-Ribblesdale. No drama or difficulties on this day.
All we had to do, in a month, was put the three together. In part 3 I’ll let you know how we got on.