Pen-y-ghent and Plover Hill

Submitted by Timwoods on 14 May 2009
OS Explorer Map: OL2 - Yorkshire Dales: S & W areas
(8 votes)
A circular, full-day mountain (above 600m) walk in national park Yorkshire Dales (England) starting at Horton in Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire, about 12.1km (roughly 7.5 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This is one of the many great car-free walks that start and finish at stations on the Settle- Carlisle railway - Horton in Ribblesdale for this walk. Pen-y-ghent is the smallest of Yorkshire's Three Peaks, but add on the side trip to Plover Hill and it's a very satisfying day out. As well as the railway line, you can reach Horton-in-Ribblesdale by Dalesbus

Start: Horton in Ribblesdale, OS Grid: SD804726
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 578m (1897ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1162m (3815ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 584m (1918ft)
Max. Elevation: 690m (2263ft)

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OS Grid: SD804726
From the station, take in a deep breath of that lovely fresh Yorkshire air. Then, take the road west towards New Inn. Walk past The Crown Hotel (don't worry, we're coming back this way!) and follow the road into Horton Bridge.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SD817724
Walk into Brackenbottom and pick up the footpath that cuts straight up Brackenbottom Scar. It's a steep climb, but gets most of the day's legwork over and done with early on.
About 2.3 km (roughly 1.4 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SD838734
It's an enjoyably steep and scrabbly climb up to the summit of Pen-y-ghent. And you are also now on the Pennine Way, following in the footsteps of thousands of walkers before you.
About 2.1 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SD848753
Don't follow the Pennine Way down Pen-y-ghent - instead take the path that leads across the plateau to the north of the summit, and on to Plover Hill.
About 0.9 km (roughly 0.6 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SD846762
The path continues onto Foxup Moor and meets a bridleway that leads back to Horton in Ribblesdale, as long as you head in the right direction (west).
About 3.7 km (roughly 2.3 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SD819737
Follow the bridleway across Horton Moor (look our for the grouse butts) and down Horton Scar. The path rejoins the Pennine Way here.
About 1.5 km (roughly 0.9 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SD808727
Time for a quick pint in the pub before walking back to the station and the train home. Oh go on then, make it two.
6 comments ...join the discussion!
mac.hawk  commented on 18 July 2011
A circular full day canal walk in England!!!!! Well I know it can be boggy on the top but I doubt you'd get a narrowboat up there!!
Timwoods  commented on 21 July 2011
Ha, good spot. Will correct it (to coastal walk).
Mac.Hawk  commented on 22 July 2014
Just for clarity I'd point out in section (1) that 'New Inn' isn't a pub, it's an area of the village identified on the OS map (rather appropriately where 'The Crown' public house is!!).
mac.hawk  commented on 04 December 2014
Dales Bus
Unfortunately in 2014/2015 Horton would appear to be unsupported by Dales Bus. As far as I can see the only buses to Horton in the winter 2014/spring 2015, run Tosside-Settle-Horton and return, Mon to Sat - visit
Timwoods  commented on 05 December 2014
Ah, I think that might be my error. The bus is listed on the DalesBus map network, but might not be run by them!
mac.hawk  commented on 05 December 2014
Gee, two days later and the 'getdown' link has been removed. Try this one instead
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