Dale Head - Pen-Y-Ghent - Plover Hill - Upper Littondale

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The walk starts at the saddle between Pen-Y-Ghent and Fountain's Fell at Dale Head. This is the most interesting side of Pen-Y-Ghent and the two sills (the lower of limestone and the upper of gritstone) are distinctly visible. From here we take the Pennine Way steeply up to the very top of Pen-Y-Ghent. This ascent does involve a little scrambling here and there. There's no easy way up this distinctive peak and even though this is one of the easier routes to the top, it's still very hard going. When you get to the top, you'll be glad of the opportunity to take a breather, admire the view and be thankful that the worst of the climbing is now behind you.

Once at the top, we cross to Pen-Y-Ghent's sister hill, Plover Hill, before descending steeply towards the little hamlet of Foxup. Around the base of Plover Hill, we leave Littondale to pick up Pen-Y-Ghent Gill, a lovely little stretch of the walk which can't be seen from the road. We follow this enchanting valley almost all the way back to the start.

Dog-walkers please note the presence of sheep, cows, bogs, a steepish scramble and many dog-unfriendly stiles.

England - North England - Yorkshire - Yorkshire Dales - Ribblesdale


Birds, Flowers, Great Views, Hills or Fells, Moor, Mountains, River, Waterfall

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