Yorkshire Three Peaks 19 May 2017
Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk – Thursday 19 May 2017
The call went out for ‘The Magnificent Seven’ and they duly turned up at Horton-in-Ribblesdale to take on this 25-mile challenge walk.
Having signed Jill, David and Jon, our Three Peaks Newbies, in at the Pen-y- Ghent Café, we were ready to set off on what was to be a long, hard day of memorable walking under blue skies without a hint of rain - perfect walking conditions.
With fresh legs and a focussed look in our eyes we were quickly at the summit of Pen-y-Ghent and ready for the next challenge – finding someone to take a group photo. Challenge met we were soon striding down the Pennine Way to make the long approach walk to Ribblehead, its welcome Tea Van and lunch after 4 hours of walking, enjoying some fabulous views on the way.
Refreshed, we made our way past the impressive viaduct and gradually up the flank and then ridge of Whernside to meet Graham, who had been enjoying a picnic lunch and power nap behind the shelter of the summit wall, having decided not to climb Pen-y-Ghent with us. Note to James: you need to try and stop tiring my walkers out on your cycling adventures.
Now back at full strength, we descended steeply from the summit and crossed the valley floor, though classic limestone scenery, to the base of Ingleborough. What can only be described as a very steep and savage climb, was now all that stood between us and the final summit. No problem and we were soon enjoying our last refreshments while waiting for a ‘passer by’ to come and take the required team photo. This little piece of SOC history duly recorded, we then descended the last 4.5 miles to Horton-in-Ribblesdale on not so fresh legs and with strange glazed looks in some of the eyes of my fellow walkers.
Jill, David and Jon signed back in after completing the walk in the required 12 hours to qualify for membership of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Club and then joined me, the 2 Graham’s and John for a well earned pint at The Crown. A fabulous day and walk.
Just one question remains will ‘The Magnificent Seven’ ride again?