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Climbing Ingleborough

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Climbing Ingleborough
Author: Jonathan, Published: 01 Aug 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
North Yorkshire, Yorkshire Dales
Walk Type: Mountains
Climbing Ingleborough
Length: 8 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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Ingleborough is probably the most interesting mountain in the Yorkshire Dales and the climb from Clapham the best way up. The low level start passes through woodland, Ingleborough Cave, through troll Gill before Gaping Gill is passed. The summit plateau is extensive and featureless so care should be taken in mist to find the correct way down.
There are good paths throughout the walk but some steep climbing and potentially boggy ground on the way down.

Clapham (the small village where the walk starts) is 18 miles from Skipton on the A65. 4 miles betond Settle there is a signpost to the right for Clapham. The village is 1/2 a mile further on. Appoximate post code LA2 8HH. There is a large National Park car park near the village centre. Start from here.

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Walk Sections

Start to Leaving Clapham
Start to Leaving Clapham

Start point: 54.1179 lat, -2.3931 long
End point: 54.1219 lat, -2.3903 long

Leave the National Park Car Park and turn right up the village. Cross the river and enter the clearly sign posted start to the walk.
The start of the path is in woodland.

Leaving Clapham to Through Woodland
Leaving Clapham to Through Woodland

Start point: 54.1219 lat, -2.3903 long
End point: 54.132 lat, -2.3799 long

The wide path passes through mid woodland and beside a large lake before emerging on to a path beside Clapham Beck 1 mile later.

Pass Ingleborough Cave
Pass Ingleborough Cave

Start point: 54.132 lat, -2.3799 long
End point: 54.1398 lat, -2.3737 long

A short section that passes next to Ingleborough Cave (which you can explore for a small fee). The Cave is the exit point for the stream which tumbles in to Gaping Gill 250 metres higher up the mountain, typical of limestone scenery in these parts.
There is a vast network of underground caves under Ingleborough.

Past the caves to Trow Gill
Past the caves to Trow Gill

Start point: 54.1398 lat, -2.3737 long
End point: 54.1467 lat, -2.3805 long

Following the caves the path takes a sharp turn to the left and starts climbing through the narrow cleft of Trow Gill. Dark and often wet this section has some very mild scrambling before emerging above the gill and on to the open fellside.
The path carries on for a further 250 metres before arriving at a gate in the drystone wall. Pass through.

Climb past Gaping Gill
Climb past Gaping Gill

Start point: 54.1467 lat, -2.3805 long
End point: 54.1559 lat, -2.3939 long

The path winds its way ever steepening on open fellside towards the summit ridge of Ingleborough. Travelling north west it is easy to follow and soon the large hole in the hillside which marks Gaping Gill can be seen to the right. There may well be climbers being lowered in to the hole.

Follow the ridge to the summit
Follow the ridge to the summit

Start point: 54.1559 lat, -2.3939 long
End point: 54.1673 lat, -2.3934 long

An enjoyable section of 1/2 a mile with outstanding views in all directions. Aiming north the final 50 metre climb to the summit plateau is tackled.

On the Summit Plateau
On the Summit Plateau

Start point: 54.1673 lat, -2.3934 long
End point: 54.167 lat, -2.3982 long

On reaching the summit plateau (which is very stony) head west for the highest point. The highest point is marked by a large shelter in the form of a cross, a large cairn and an O/S survey pillar.

Return to Summit Ridge
Return to Summit Ridge

Start point: 54.167 lat, -2.3982 long
End point: 54.156 lat, -2.396 long

Retrace your steps to the path that you climbed the final summit ridge. Follow the ridge till the end where the path divides

Descent on path to road
Descent on path to road

Start point: 54.156 lat, -2.396 long
End point: 54.1301 lat, -2.4101 long

A few metres from the end of the ridge the path divides. Take the lesser path heading south west. This heads like an arrow down the grassy and at times marshy slopes for the small road at the foot of Ingleborough.
It is almost exactly 2 miles long.

Follow the road to Road to Clapham
Follow the road to Road to Clapham

Start point: 54.1301 lat, -2.4101 long
End point: 54.1189 lat, -2.391 long

The path ends at a quiet tarmac road. Turn left and in just over a mile the road leads in to Clapham village.
The New Inn pub is an excellent spot for a celebratory drink.

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1 responses to "Climbing Ingleborough"

Enjoyed this walk, very scenic and the guidance was easy to follow

By Loulou16 on 2015-04-04 08:25:48

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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