ASCENT OF INGLEBOROUGH
We were fortunate to have a confident forecast of good weather for one of our more ambitious walks of the summer, the ascent of Ingleborough Hill. In fine, bright conditions our party of seventeen led by Kevin Murphy left Clapham and took the bridleway past the grounds of Ingleborough Hall to pass the entrance to the caves. Shortly after this the serious climbing started passing the entry to Gaping Gill pothole on our way across Clapham bottoms. A great deal of repair work on the tracks around the three peaks has been carried out by the National Park authorities in recent years and recent 'drops' of more stone close to the track suggests that more work will be carried out soon. A steady pull up Little Ingleborough was followed by an easing in the gradient before the final push on to the flat top of the mountain. What a different place awaited us there! A strong wind was blowing out of the north-west and the walkers were appreciative of the efforts of our forebears who built the summit shelter where lunch was taken. Splendid views of the high fells were enjoyed together with a good sighting of The Ribblehead Viaduct. Our descent was via Simon Fell Breast where several other parties were ascending on one of the usual routes taken when walking The Three Peaks in one expedition. Gradually broadening tracks brought us to Clapham Lane, an old green lane across the moor, then to Long Lane, with its dark tunnels, back to Clapham completing a splendid day's walk.
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