Walk Report: Ingleborough & Park Fell

Date: 14th Feb 2009
Stats: 11.0 miles, 2200 feet
Weather: Mostly cloudy, very cold and windy on the tops
Trig Points: 2: TP4102 – Ingleborough, TP5306 – Park Fell
Yorks Top 30: 2: Ingleborough, Simon Fell
Other Info: Free parking by the Ribblehead Viaduct, serviced by Tea Van, but no toilets
Summary: Ribblehead, Winter Scales, Bruntscar, Ellerbeck, Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleborough, Simon Fell, Park Fell, Ribblehead

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Lots of snow on the tops, but generally clear lower down made for a great mixed bag of terrain today. Could have probably done with crampons on the climb to Ingleborough, but just about do-able without them.

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Leaving the car park, heading for the path below Whernside

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Crossing the railway – Ingleborough ever present ahead of us

Ingleborough and Park Fell
The path passes a number of farms along the way

Ingleborough and Park Fell
And some lovely limestone outcrops – with the big man in the background of course

Ingleborough and Park Fell
The whole of the Ingleborough ridge, including Simon Fell and Park Fell

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Nice even walk in for today

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Walls heading up to Whernside

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Snowy lanes on the way to Chapel-le-Dale

Ingleborough and Park Fell
The church at Chapel-le-Dale

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Following to faint path to Ingleborough

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Looking back to Whernside across the limestone pavement

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Ingleborough ahead

Ingleborough and Park Fell
The steep, snowy ascent to the lower slope of Ingleborough – these folk tell us it’s do-able without crampons

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Very deep snow in places, but we can kick the steps in and it’s great fun

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Climbing higher

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Reached the summit -very windy and very cold

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Am I dreaming? Or is that bloke in shorts!? What a nutter

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Treacherous descent from Ingleborough – foot placing is key – and taking your time.

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Heading across to Simon Fell – snow drifts to the top of the walls

Ingleborough and Park Fell
The snow drifts make wall crossings a doddle though

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Its very deep in places

Ingleborough and Park Fell
Back down to the lane

Ingleborough and Park Fell
And crossing the railway again – the weather has closed in since we left.

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