The classic route on to Ingleborough from Clapham via Clapdale, Trow Gill, Gaping Gill and Little Ingleborough before returning over Newby Moss.
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This was the third in a series of practice walks that I was leading a group of friends from work as we prepared for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge walk. With the A59 finally re-opened at Blubberhouses we could at last tackle one of the actual Three Peaks. Unfortunately, due to a number of reasons only Kelly and Mick could join me on this particular day.
The route we took was basically the classic Clapham to Ingleborough route which features a number of highlights. Firstly, before leaving the village itself is Clapham Falls. Next came the lovely walk through the woods, initially alongside the lake, on Clapham Drive.
"Having climbed up through Trow Gill we continued up on to Hurnel Moss where we made the short detour to visit the black chasm of Gaping Gill."
After leaving the woods we passed the entrance to Ingleborough Cave and the nearby Beck Head where Clapham Beck emerges from a cave. The next highlight, and one of the finest sights in the Yorkshire Dales, was the walk up through the steep limestone ravine of Trow Gill. The only disappointing thing about Trow Gill is that it is over too quickly!
Having climbed up through Trow Gill we continued up on to Hurnel Moss where we made the short detour to visit the black chasm of Gaping Gill. Knowing how deep it is even standing a few metres from the hole made me feel nervous. It is a grand spot though and while I spent a bit of time taking some pictures of the small waterfall on Fell Beck, Kelly and Mick had a rest on a nearby limestone shelf.
Continuing on we returned to the main path for the climb up Little Ingleborough. Unfortunately it was a fairly murky day and the views weren't great on the way up. Indeed the visibility soon dropped dramatically as we reached the top of Little Ingleborough with hill fog smothering the upper reaches of the fell.
Further along we came across a fairly long section of the path which was still covered in deep snow. This was something of a surprise as until that point we'd hardly encountered any at all. Having successfully negotiated this obstacle all that was left was to find our way to the top across the flat plateau to the summit of Ingleborough. While I'd seen the view from Ingleborough a few times I was a bit disappointed that Kelly and Mick were missing out on their first visit. Hopefully we'll have better luck when we return on the Three Peaks.
After lunch by the cross shelter we retraced our steps all the way back to Little Ingleborough. Here we took the path, not easy to find at first due to some more patchy snow, that leads down Newby Moss to Newby Cote. Interestingly we passed a couple of other groups who seemed to hold back to see which way we would go. Having successfully located the path it was then a nice easy descent all the way down to the houses at Newby Cote. Once on the road we turned left for a straightforward mile or so back to Clapham.