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~Whernside and Ingleborough~

2nd March 2013


Ingleborough from Simon Fell

Scroll down for photos and a description of the walk....

Hellifield Railway Station

Hellifield Railway Station

Today's conundrum was how to route a good walk around the timings of two steam-hauled charter trains on the Settle-Carlisle Railway. Here at Hellifield the engine for the first train lies in wait for the carriages, which will arrive diesel-hauled from Tyseley (Birmingham).

70000 Britannia Britannia at Hellifield

Britannia - All Steamed Up

The locomotive was boiling up like a kettle full of holes, does this make for better photos, or not?

70000 Britannia

BR Britannia Class 7MT 4-6-2 No. 70000 Britannia

Izzy the Dog is with me today and we catch the 09:40hrs train and head for Ribblehead. The three-carriage train is full; is that the fine weather or something to do with the annual and limited £10-a-ticket offer for travel anywhere on Northern Rail.

Ribblehead Station Batty Moss
Ribblehead Railway Station
Batty Moss

At Ribblehead, cloud cover is advancing, but offers no threat to a good walk in this vast open countryside. On the right, the three chaps ahead of me are all photographers marching briskly towards their vantage points.

Ribblehead Viaduct

Ribblehead Viaduct

Izzy is cautiously examining the sink holes! Whernside completes the scene.

Blea Moor Tunnel

Blea Moor Tunnel South Portal

It takes about 45 minutes to walk from Ribblehead Station to this point and consequently, it's generally quiet. One other photographer joined me; Ingleborough is in the background.

Steam Train Britannia No.70000

Under The Bridge - 0.5s intervals

70000 Britannia

Heading Into Blea Moor Tunnel

And then with the aid of my newly-aquired jet pack, Izzy and I flew over to the other side of the tunnel to see the train emerge....

Britannia in 2012

Britannia - Blea Moor Tunnel 3rd March 2012

Actually, this one was taken on the corresponding Saturday, one year ago - I was planning ahead.

Three Peakers Route to Whernside
"Three Peakers"
To Whernside
Greensett Arten Gill Viaduct
Greensett Moss
Arten Gill Viaduct

The ground throughout this walk was partially frozen, the exception being the slushy, muddy bits of the Whernside ascent. The "Three Peaks" season is back in swing, now that there are almost 12 hours of daylight.

Whernside Edge

Whernside Edge

It's steeper than it looks!

Whernside Wall Whernside Summit
The Wall
The Summit

Whernside Descent

The Steep Descent

With time on my side and a desire to fill that time in a productive manner, I decide to aim for Ingleborough. But will I get back to the line in time to see the second train of the day?

Easy Bit

The Easy Bit


Southerscales Scars

The Boardwalk Humphrey Bottom
The Boardwalk
Ascent from Humphrey Bottom

This is a new route of ascent for me and not one I shall be using very often. The ascent from Humphrey Bottom was steep and icy.

Ingleborough Summit

Ingleborough Summit

A bank of mist came over whilst we were on top.

Simon Fell

Simon Fell from Ingleborough

I had intended to head for Horton-in-Ribblesdale, but if the train was on time, then I wouldn't see it on a walk to Horton. However, if we follow the edge of the fells, Ribblehead Viaduct will be in view for much of the way

Whernside from Ingleborough

Whernside from Simon Fell

Hints of brightness across the dale.

Braithwaite Wife Hole

Braithwaite Wife Hole

You may notice a ring of sink holes to the right of Braithwaite Wife Hole.

Park Fell

Along to Park Fell

The path follows the wall, right along to the northern edge of Park Fell.

Izzy The Dog Ribblehead Viaduct
Izzy The Dog
Ribblehead Viaduct

We walked at quite a pace along the edge of the fells, but in the end, didn't quite get close enough to the railway.

60009 at Ribblehead Station

"Union of South Africa" at Ribblehead Station

Union of South Africa

60009 Catches The Sun

The "Union of South Africa" on her weekly Cumbrian Mountain Express trip.



The map doesn't clearly show rights of way from Park Fell to the Gauber Road, but there are gates in walls and a well-worn path, so if it doesn't say, "don't" ... just get on with it.

Railway Cottages

Railway Cottages

These can't have been built for the "workers", more likely the managers and owners?

Ribblehead Station

Ribblehead Railway Station

We arrived at the station with 20 minutes to spare. I think that worked pretty well, both trains, a good walk and time well spent!

Walkers: Me and Izzy The Dog

Time taken: 7 hours 10 minutes over a distance of about 15 miles.

Route: Ribblehead Station, Batty Moss, Blea Moor Tunnel, Whernside, The Easy Bit, Southerscales, Braithwaite Wife Hole, Humphrey Bottom, Ingleborough, Edge route to Park Fell, Gauber Road, Ribblehead Station.

Weather: Bright, less bright, dry, cool and calm.

Greetings: Many 1,2,&3 peakers, nobody else on the edge route around the rim of Simon and Park Fell.

All photos copyright Richard Ratcliffe 2013 ©

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