Pen-y-Ghent, Yorkshire, England
Our first view of Pen-y-ghent from the Pennine Way.
You can see that this path is quite wide and undulates as it climbs. This section is part of the Pennine Way and also part of A Pennine Journey. A Pennine Journey is the route walked by Alfred Wainwright, well known for his Lakedland Guides, in 1938.
We have now covered a reasonable distance and this shows the view looking back, along the Pennine Way, towards Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
The limestone country around here is riddled with caves and this depression is an obvious cave outlet with a small stream emerging from underground. You should be able to see light reflecting from the stream to the right.
Pen-y-Ghent is showing on the horizon top left.
Pen-y-Ghent looking impressive in the sunlight.
Pen-y-Ghent is composed mainly of Carboniferous limestone but is capped with Millstone Grit and this lighting shows the stratification very well.
We eventually arrive at this crossroads where the the right-hand path will take you up to the Pen-y-Ghent ridge, and hence, to the top if you are so inclined.
The arm nearest the camera is where we have come from and, this time, we are going straight on and the sign does not give any idea of what is ahead.
The path from the crossroads changes from a hard surface to all grass and we soon arrived at our intended first destination.
We could see both the dry river bed running towards us and the small limestone cliff ahead. The impression was, however, rather deceptive.
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