The area around Pen-y-ghent, Yorkshire Dales Location map
 
  Pen-y-ghent, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England   Pen-y-ghent and the River Ribble.

The Ribble starts life in the Yorkshire dales near Ribble Head, a little North-East of Ingleborough, and follows a meandering 70 mile course into the Irish Sea.

Pen-y-ghent with its distinctive flat top is easily seen on the horizon.

 

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  Pen-y-ghent, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England   Pen-y-ghent.

At 2273 feet high Pen-y-ghent is mostly Carboniferous Limestone capped with Millstone Grit.

The limestone country around is riddled with caves and one of the most obvious is Hull Pot; a 180 feet long gash in the ground which is 60 feet deep and 60 feet across.

 

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  The view from Helwith Bridge near Settle, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England   The River Ribble from Helwith Bridge.

Helwith Bridge is about halfway between Horton in Ribblesdale and Stainforth.

 

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  Stainforth and the Ribble Valley, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England   Stainforth and the Ribble Valley.

Stainforth, on the right, is a small village 2 miles north of Settle and the other obvious small group of buildings on the left is Little Stainforth.

Stainforth boasts both a Youth Hostel and a waterfall - Stainforth Force.

 

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  Stainforth Force, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire, England   Stainforth Force.

This is where the Ribble tumbles over a series of steps, in the village of Stainforth, just below the 17th Century Packhorse Bridge. A walk of about a mile will take you to another waterfall - Catrigg Foss.

The Ribble Way, a 70 miles long footpath, traverses this section of the river.

 

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