Ingleborough and Simon Fell

This is one of my favourite walks, all year round. Starting off in Clapham you walk through a managed woodland which leads to the opening of Ingleborough Cave. The path then passes through an impressive dry valley before opening up onto the foot of Little Ingleborough. From here it’s a 45 minute climb to the top from which you can see the sea, Whernside, Penyghent and, on a good day, the Howgills and Lakeland fells. The traditional routes then go to either Chapel le Dale or Horton but I follow the ridge walk to the Ingleborough Nature Reserve which gives great views across the whole area, especially the viaduct. Sweeping back on yourself, you eventually make it to Simon Fell where you descend sharply to ultimately join the main path to Horton. Then, my route passes some impressive limestone paving, the Norber Erratics and then home, Clapham. But you could extend it and explore more of the area above Wharfe. I just ran out of daylight on this occasion having only started at 1pm. 

Try it for yourself, it won’t disappoint    

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