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Walk #36: Malham to Horton in Ribbesdale


ZY12	Pen-y-Ghent from the path down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale at Hull Pot. A lovely view, it is a shame that I am spoiling it!
ZY10	Myself on top of Pen-y-Ghent.
ZY12 Pen-y-Ghent from the path down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale at Hull Pot. A lovely view, it is a shame that I am spoiling it!
ZY10 Myself on top of Pen-y-Ghent.

General Data

Date Walked 14/08/1999
County North Yorkshire
Start Location Malham
End Location Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Start time 09.00
End time 16.00
Distance 14.7 miles
Description This was a great day's walk, taking in both Fountain's Fell and the summit of Pen-y-ghent.
Pack Today I carried full camping gear.
Condition My back is fine, as are my legs. However my ankle is giving me a slight amount of gip - I feel as though I may have slightly bruised the left side of my left foot going over all the rocks today. Unless it deteriorates overnight I will go onto Hawes in the morning and see how it goes from there.
Weather There was much rain today, with some periods of sun, although it was mainly overcast. Once we had climbed up onto Pen-y-Ghent we were in cloud. I did not really get that wet though - by the time we reached the bunk barn in Horton the only things that were wet was my t-shirt and the inside cuffs of my jacket. A grey day, but an enjoyable one nonetheless.
OS map Outdoor Leisure number 2 (Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western Areas)

Map of the walk

Maps courtesy of Google Maps. Route for indicative purposes only, and may have been plotted after the walk. Please let me have comments on what you think of this new format. For a detailed table of timings for this walk, please see the table file.


Today was an interesting day, the highlight of which was the climb up to the summit of Pen-y-Ghent. It was a shame that the summit was totally obscured in high cloud when we were up there.

I walked all day with Sam, and two-thirds of the day with Tony, whom we met last night at Malham YHA and is walking the PW as far as Hadrian's Wall - he walked it all with his daughter about nine years ago.

The going today was very hard - large parts were on limestone boulders and it is my belief that that has contributed to this slight injury to my ankle. I will see the condition of it in the morning before deciding what to do, although at the moment my favoured option is to press on to the YHA in Hawes tomorrow and then re-evaluate.


I am not going to bother giving any directions for any of the stages of the Pennine Way; there are many route descriptions produced that will better anything that I could produce. The main guides I used were the OS National Trail Guides, which come complete with strip maps of the route. Click on one of the links below to go to the Amazon page for each guide.

National Trail Guide South
National Trail Guide North


From To Distance (m) Ascent (ft) Descent (ft)
Malham Malham Tarn 3.6 820 249
Malham Tarn Fountain's Fell 4.1 1112 262
Fountain's Fell Pen-y-ghent 3.7 965 791
Pen-y-ghent Horton-in-Ribblesdale 3.3 89 1581

This makes a total distance of 14.7 miles, with 2986 feet of ascent and 2883 feet of descent.

  Profile of walk #36
For more information on profiles, ascents and descents, see this page


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And finally, enjoy your walking!

This walk was mentioned in the following routes:

My sectional Land's End to John O'Groats walk
My Pennine Way Walk, 07th to 26th August 1999

Nearby walks

#TitleWalk length (miles)
35East Marton to Malham9.2
37Horton in Ribbesdale to Hawes14.0
605Burnsall Fell to Rain Stang19.1

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