had prepared two interesting wet weather lake district
routes but on the day, it seemed that the problem would
be wind, not rain. Indeed the MWIS warned that
on ridges and south facing cols "you could be blown
over". However the BBC weather forecast suggested
that the sun might shine not far to the south or east
of Kendal. So, which way to go was the dilemma
as Stan and I arrived at Bryan's house. The problem
was resolved easily by one telephone call. From
the wife. "Don- you've forgotten your sandwiches".
Well that settled it as far as I was concerned-
head south for the sandwiches and keep on going. And
that is how we ended up attempting Ingleborough. Not
just attempting this time- no diversions to Whernside-
pure focus on Ingleborough.
parked at Ingleton and set off up the Fell Road, past
the very lonely house at Crina Bottom and carried on
up the hill. The surface changed from cart track
to, bizarrely, sand. The footpath for a very long
way was coated in deep sand, which actually made progress
quite hard work. All the signs of running shoes
in the sand reminded me of Herb Elliot. And then
it turned into a cobbled staircase. I must admit
I found this ascent hard going- too much Christmas left
in my legs. I could see this huge mass appearing out
of the mist on the left hand side but it never seemed
to get any smaller. On reaching the top there
was a bit of a frost, a lot of mist and a bitterly cold
wind. Not quite "blow you over", more "blow right
through you and freeze your veins".
we had a secret weapon- a portable coffee shop. Or
more like a giant orange cape intended to house three
people and their rucksacks in comparative comfort and
warmth. At least that's what the salesman said.
Well, I can vouch for the warmth bit. Comfort-
debatable. Stan reckoned I had my boot up his bum to
which he responded by placing his firmly in my goolies.
And certainly no room for rucksacs. Or perhaps
we just don't have the technique- must practice in fine
coffee shop at Ingleborough summit!
the coffee shop
foolishly, we decided to abandon the portable coffee
shop and use the wind shelter near the summit for our
lunch break. I can't remember when my hands were
last so cold. I couldn't get my winter gloves
on at first and when I did I had to take them off to
open my sac and drop my lunch on the ground. Then
Bryan asked me to pass him the map, which I did but
unfortunately it was the south-east lake district. Yorkshire
map still in the car. As Ming might have said,
it was becoming one of those days.
Bryan unerringly guided us through the mist
to the Pennine way descent, which was mighty
steep but a damn sight warmer than on top.
contoured round Black Shiver, with good
views over to Whernside and the Ribble viaduct
to rejoin the track down to Crina Bottom
and eventually the car.
this time the sun was trying to come out
as you can see from the 1.5 mile post photo.
1.5 mile post
in all a rather more challenging expedition than I had
anticipated for the first of the year but enjoyable
none the less. Distance 7.65 miles, 2,165 feet
of ascent. I just need to do Pen-y-Ghent now to
complete the Yorkshire hat trick.
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