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28th September 2018

PenyGhent top

Molly on top of Pen-y-Ghent

Pen-y-Ghent Cafe

On this fine Friday, Horton-in-Ribblesdale was the start point for a walk up Pen-y-Ghent. The days of starting here on a Saturday are now in the past, Horton has become the victim of the strange phenomenon of over-tourism and giddy "3-Peakers" assemble here early on Saturdays, wake folk up, park all over the place and then disturb the locals again 12 hours later. Even the cafe seems to have been affected, I'm not sure what the opening hours are, but they were closed at the time of my visit.

The Lane

We took the lane behind the old (former) Post Office which leads in an easterly, the north-easterly direction and climbs slowly up Horton Scar to Tarn Bar. Surely if the "3-Peaks" walk is a circular, there could be an alternative start point better accommodating the needs of the local residents.


More often than not, my Pen-y-Ghent walks have resulted in a descent down this lane, so it makes a change to be heading this way.

Oscar the Dog

Oscar the Dog

...went missing on Pendle Hill one week ago and me n' Molly found him early on last Saturday morning, gazing through the new kissing gate on the top of the hill. With the aid of mobile communications and some resources, my brother got through to the distraught owners and before too long the dog was reunited in Barley with Rob and Joanne! Most folk give English Pitbulls a wide berth, I've rarely met a friendlier, more loving dog - Molly wasn't too impressed.


We are en route to Swaledale for (probably) our last camping trip of the year. My problem is the long evenings and having no desire to sit in a pub all evening, I find it a bit of a drag back at the tent, playing ball in the dark - especially when the dog doesn't bring it back!

Pennine Way

The Pennine Way

This should be quite straightforward.





Summit of Pen-y-Ghent

Summit of Pen-y-Ghent

This could well be the best weather I've enjoyed on Pen-y-Ghent for many years. As usual all seats taken at the time of my arrival, time for a bite to eat. We sat facing east and Fountains Fell dominates the view, not been up there....yet

Fountains Fell

Fountains Fell

Nothing over there looks too testing, maybe we'll wait for some fine winter weather to liven up the landscape.

The Summiteers of Pen-y-Ghent

Are you one of those who has to send a text whenever you get to the top of a mountain? I call them "summitexts" and if you're lucky, you might get one from me n'Molly one day :-)

Down the Nose

A steep descent with an obvious change in the bedrock for geologists to get excited about. Right over there is Pendle Hill.

Still Here

One day, this will not be here any more, but it is on this occasion.


Molly the Collie



Well, that was a pleasant walk and I don't think we disturbed anyone.

Walkers: Molly and Me

Time taken: 3hrs 20mins over a distance of about 7 miles.

Route: Up Pen-y-Ghent from Horton in anti-clockwise direction.

Weather and conditions: Sunny and warm.

Horton's Woes

All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2018 ©

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