Friday, 30 January 2015

A Wild Day on Pen-y-Ghent

     I have been working for Jonathan at Rough Edges for the last three days delivering phase two of a Prince's Trust programme to young people from Oldham. It has been a busy week, based out of Ingleton, battling wild weather and difficult conditions with yesterday being no exception. We decided to head for a mountain day on Pen-Y-Ghent, with a chilly North-Westerly wind and a risk of snow showers forecast. 

     I think Pen-Y-Ghent is the most interesting of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, providing rocky steps, interest on route and brilliant views of Ribblesdale and across to the other peaks of Ingleborough and Whernside. We weren't expecting to see many other people on the hill, but were quickly caught up by a couple of military gurkha groups. The young people had a great day and really valued their experience and the sense of achievement in difficult conditions. Here are a few pictures from the day:

Looking back down into Ribblesdale
Pen-y-ghent is up there somewhere
A hoard up drystone wall
The top rocky step was very icy on Pen-y-ghent
The Pen-y-ghent highway to the summit 
The summit drystone wall
Pen-y-ghent summit
Heading off the summit and the snow came in.
Wild and windy on the Western flank

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