This was an organised guided walk from the HF Holidays centre at Newfield Hall, Malhamdale. A group of 8 of us set out from Stainforth in Ribblesdale for the climb on a mostly sunny day, continuing over the flat-topped Plover Hill. From there we had to take care on the steps leading down Foxup Moor onto a good path through Horton Moor to Horton in Ribblesdale village. Another group took a shorter walk up from Horton and back down a different path.
- The best bit was sitting having lunch before the final climb to the top, with a superb view back south down the dale.
- The worst bit was the final section along the walled path with loose stones which made it hard going
- I was surprised by the scale of the impressive Hull Pot, on our way back across Horton Moor - supposedly the biggest natural hole in Britain!
- We were relieved to have a fine day after continuous rain the previous day
- Two words of warning: there is a craggy section just before the summit, where some easy scrambling is required; and the steps down from Plover Hill also require care as there is a bit of exposure
- Going on a guided walk meant that we didn't need to worry about wayfinding, we could concentrate on enjoying the views and the company
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne, 16 September 2016
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|Location||Ribblesdale, Yorkshire Dales|
|Date walked||4 September 2016|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||Moderately strenuous hill walk with a couple of short sections requiring extra care|
|Distance||16 km (10 miles)|
|Height climbed||570m (1900 ft)|
|Time taken||6 hrs|
|Map used||OS Landranger 1:50,000, no 98, Wensleydale & Upper Wharfedale|
|Walk source info||Guided walk|
|Getting there||Based at HF Holidays centre at Malhamdale|
|Places to stay||Many other places to stay in Yorkshire Dales from camping and youth hostels to hotels and self-catering|
|Other features||Dramatic sink holes, notably Hull Pot 2.5 km NE of Horton|