A hugely enjoyable ramble to the north of Horton-in-Ribblesdale visiting Hull Pot, Selgill Holes, The Tarn and the trig point on Sulber.
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The aim of this walk in Ribblesdale was to use the fairly recent Pennine Bridleway track that crosses the River Ribble a few miles north of Horton to connect the Ribble Way path with a visit to the limestone scars of Sulber. At the same time I hoped this bridleway would get me close enough to have a proper look at The Tarn, a shy sheet of water that is situated on private land.
Originally this walk was not supposed to include Hull Pot at all. My intention had been to follow the Ribble Way out of Horton. However, it had rained a fair amount over the previous few days and some pictures on Facebook suggested I would have a good chance of seeing Hull Pot Beck dropping into Hull Pot. This is a fairly rare occurence, or at least not one I'd seen on my previous 7 or 8 visits to Hull Pot when the streambed was dry.
"A handy gap in the wall gave me a good view of the tarn, it also tempted me to get nearer but while I was on access land beyond was private land and I didn't want to encroach - well not when I was in plain sight wearing a bright orange waterproof jacket!"
To start then I left Horton on the Pennine Way path heading for Pen-y-ghent via Horton Scar Lane. This was the first time I've climbed a path that I've descended many times in the past. It proved to be a pleasantly steady climb with the snow topped Pen-y-ghent to the right an impressive object.
At the top of Horton Scar Lane I crossed over a crossroads to take the slightly muddy path to Hull Pot which was just a few minutes away. To my relief and great pleasure there was indeed a waterfall on Hull Pot. It may not have been quite the impressive spectacle it had been a couple of days before but I didn't really care.
The forecast was for sunshine and wintry showers and I'd enjoyed plenty of sunshine on my way up Horton Scar Lane. While taking photos of Hull Pot the skies darkened suddenly and I had to wait out a sustained 10 minute barrage of hailstones before I could continue taking pictures.
Having satisfied myself that I'd got the photos I wanted I walked back to the crossroads to then take the right hand option. This fairly new path is part of the re-routed Yorkshire Three Peaks route and crosses over a couple of drumlins to connect with the Pennine Way between Sell Gill Holes and Jackdaw Hole.
On reaching the Pennine Way I had my first view of the day of The Tarn, backed impressively by the Ingleborough massif of Park Fell, Simon Fell and Ingleborough itself. Turning left on the Pennine Way I walked as far as the Sell Gill Holes (two pot holes where Sell Gill disappears underground) before retracing my steps a few yards to take the grassy path where the Ribble Way diverges from the Pennine Way.
Now on the Pennine Way I enjoyed some excellent views up the valley where the environs of Ribblehead and Whernside seemed to be the main target of the winter showers. I continued along the Ribble Way until just beyond Scale Farm whereupon I took a faint path slanting down a pasture to reach the back road from Horton to High Birkwith.
Turning briefly right on the road I then turned left on the new Pennine Bridleway track, a right of way that doesn't appear on the maps I bought 7-8 years ago. This track dropped down nicely to the River Ribble and an impressive wooden bridge. Before crossing the bridge I went off on a little detour to try and get a closer look at The Tarn.
I did this by crossing over a wooden fence and then heading directly across a very reedy area to a gate. Through the gate I climbed up the left handside of a fence on more rough reedy ground. At the top of the fence I continued contouring round to reach a wall. A handy gap in the wall gave me a good view of the tarn, it also tempted me to get nearer but while I was on access land beyond was private land and I didn't want to encroach - well not when I was in plain sight wearing a bright orange waterproof jacket!
Retracing my steps to the bridge I crossed over the river to carry on up the track on the other side. This crossed under the railway line before finally bringing me out on to the Horton - Ribblehead road. Turning left for a short distance I then took the driveway to South House. Past the house a stile in the wall was handily placed to get me on to the access land where the Sulber trig point is located.
Finally stopping for a very late lunch by the trig point I enjoyed the views across the valley to Pen-y-ghent as well as looking back down to The Tarn. To conclude the walk I took a thin path below Sulber Scar to reach the path from Sulber Nick to Horton - a path I know so well as the concluding mile or so of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.
This had been a thoroughly enjoyable walk in changeable weather. The highlight of course was Hull Pot but it was also great to finally get a good look at The Tarn and it was nice to revisit the trig point on Sulber for the first time in about ten years. All in all a great day out in Ribblesdale.