Ingleborough Circular from the Hill Inn
|A Circular walk to Ingleborough in the Yorkshire Dales. Head along Southerscales Scars and Humphrey Bottom on the way to Ingleborough's summit. Ingleborough is one of the 'Yorkshire 3 Peaks' and affords wonderful panoramic views of Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent and out to Morecambe Bay and round to the Lakeland Hills.|
|Parking:||Roadside parking on the B6255 Ingleton to Hawes road near the Old Hill Inn (grid reference
|Directions:||Nearest post code for Sat Nav: LA6 3FH - get directions here|
|Walk distance:||5 miles (8 Km)|
|Estimated walk time:||2 hours 40 minutes|
|Height climbed:||470 metres|
|Grade:||2-C: A medium length walk that has rugged terrain and some steep climbs|
|Peaks / summits:||Ingleborough (724m)|
|Map:||Ordnance Survey – Explorer EX002 (Yorkshire Dales - Southern and Western areas)|
|Walk features:||Birds, Flowers, Hills or fells, Geographic feature, Pub, Views|
|Facilities / refreshments:||Pub at start. Pubs, cafes and toilets in nearby Ingleton|
|Nearest town:||Nearest town is Ingleton|
|Walk Tags:||Three Peaks Walk, 3 Peaks walk, Ingleborough, Ingleborough walk, Yorkshire Dales, Yorkshire, Chapel-le-dale, Old Hill Inn, Southerscales Scars, Braithwaite Wife Hole, Humphrey Bottom, Ingleborough Fort, Simon Fell, Walks around Britain, Walks around the UK, Ramblers, Hike, Hiking|
The walk starts in front of the Old Hill Inn - roadside parking is available nearby. With the Old Hill Inn on your right, head along the road for about twenty yards then turn right and go through a concealed gate-type stile in the wall. Go across the field heading directly away from the wall, following a path worn into the grass heading for the two large trees. Continue straight ahead with the two trees on your right. The path meets a wall coming in from the right-hand side. Go over the stile and head straightforward in the direction of Ingleborough. Continue across this next field, over a stile and straight on following the sign "Ingleborough 2 miles". At this wall there is also signed the Great Douk Cave which is ¼ mile up to the left. If you take this diversion, return back down to this path. Continue across this field and over the next stile, where again Ingleborough is signed at 2 miles, but who's counting!
Keep on these boards for about ½ mile until you reach the start of the steep section ahead. The path now rises steeply zigzagging up the hill mainly up man-made steps. Keep to the path until it begins to flatten then follow the path heading off slightly to the right through a kissing gate. Follow the well-defined path straight ahead up the hill, again initially following the man-made stone steps. If it is misty keep careful note of your direction of travel, as there are many paths down from the top of Ingleborough. The path skirts round the right-hand side of a rocky outcrop about two metres in height and then heads on in the same direction across the flat plateau about four hundred yards to the trig point at the top.
From here there is an excellent panoramic view of Whernside, Pen-y-ghent, Pendle Hill (with a distinctive nose shape) out into Morecambe Bay and the Lakeland hills. On about the second weekend in July, Ingleton Festival takes place, part of which is the Ingleborough Fell Race. This starts at Ingleton and comes up the longer route and approaches the trig point from the opposite direction to this walk.
Turn around and retrace your route back down to the kissing gate. Go through the kissing gate, but instead of heading back down the path you came up to the left, continue along the path around the top of the hill (Simon Fell). Go along this path for about ½ mile until you meet a wall. Behind there now a different view of Ingleborough clearly showing the steepness of its sides. Looking to the right of Whernside, the Ribblehead Viaduct can be seen down below. Turn left just before this wall, and head down the defined path down the grassy bank keeping the wall about twenty yards to the right. The top part of this descent is quite steep. Keep on this path until it meets a wall coming across form the left. Go over a stile in the wall and keep on in the same direction heading for the limestone pavement in front.
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