Horton in Ribblesdale circular walk

Submitted by Timwoods on 03 April 2011
OS Explorer Maps: OL2 - Yorkshire Dales: S & W areasOL30 - Yorkshire Dales: N & Cen areas
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A circular, full-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in national park Yorkshire Dales (England) starting at Horton in Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire, about 25.1km (roughly 15.6 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This is a lovely walk in a quieter corner of the Yorkshire Dales. Head along the Pennine Way at the base on Pen-y-Ghent, then up and over the unpathed moor from Swarth Gill Gate to Cosh Knott Well. The route then heads along the ridge, following a wall to Horse Head (keep on north side of wall as you traverse Little Fell). After dropping into Halton Gill and Foxup, you take the Foxup Road back to Horton. The energetic can take in Plover Hill & Pen-y-Ghent and return to Horton via Brackenbottom. The whole route takes in 3 trigs and is a fabulous hike; once past Swarth Gill Gate you'll be (un)lucky to see another soul until Halton Gill. This walk is actually around 16 miles, not 14 as the route shows here.

Start: Horton in Ribblesdale, OS Grid: SD808723
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OL2 - Yorkshire Dales: S & W areas (buy with 10% off)
OL30 - Yorkshire Dales: N & Cen areas (buy with 10% off)
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 677m (2223ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 1364m (4475ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 686m (2252ft)
Max. Elevation: 610m (2001ft)

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OS Grid: SD808723
Start at Horton in Ribblesdale, which has bus and train links. Head to the Post Office and look for signs to the Pennine Way.
About 1.1 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SD815731
Follow the Pennine Way on to Horton Moor. Note that the Pennine Way dips into Horton, so the route heads north along two paths; make sure you have the correct one.
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SD823743
At Tarn Bar, take the bridleway heading northeast over the moor.
About 2 km (roughly 1.2 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SD836757
Follow the bridleway to Swarth Gill Gate. Here, follow the wall running north to Cosh Knott Well.
About 2.1 km (roughly 1.3 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SD832778
The wall leads to Cosh Knott Well - a very quiet part of the Dales, perhaps because it is pretty boggy!
About 1.3 km (roughly 0.8 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SD844785
From Cosh Knott Well, follow the ridge along to Cosh Inside and onwards in an easterly direction.
About 1.9 km (roughly 1.2 miles) from 6 OS Grid: SD862788
The ridge dips slightly at Eller Carr Moss.
About 2.6 km (roughly 1.6 miles) from 7 OS Grid: SD887779
The ridge loops round to Horse Head. From here, leave the ridge and drop into Halton Gill, in the far reaches of Littondale.
About 1.6 km (roughly 1 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SD879766
The descent is steep but follows a clear path.
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 9 OS Grid: SD871767
A short road walk takes you to Foxup, from where you can pick up the Foxup Road, which leads back to Horton.
About 0.8 km (roughly 0.5 miles) from 10 OS Grid: SD866761
The Foxup Road climbs onto the lower slopes of Plover Hill. A little way along is a path that cuts right up to the summit, should you be feeling energetic. You can continue from Plover on to Pen-y-Ghent and descend into Horton that way.
About 2.7 km (roughly 1.7 miles) from 11 OS Grid: SD840758
The Foxup Road leads you back to Swarth Gill Gate; retrace your steps back to Horton.
About 2.7 km (roughly 1.7 miles) from 12 OS Grid: SD820740
You've been here before ... at least it's downhill this time.
About 1.9 km (roughly 1.2 miles) from 13 OS Grid: SD806727
Return to the village for a bus, train or pint of Yorkshire's finest.
4 comments ...join the discussion!
mac.hawk  commented on 06 April 2011

Nice to see you've adapted the walk I previously asked you to remove as the previous distance shown was widely incorrect. I don't have too much problem with this entry except to say that in accuality the route (excluding the ascent of Plover Hill/Pen y Ghent) might well look like 14.2 miles the way CFW calculate but in actuality you will walk something more like 16 miles (as pedomitered by myself and calculated on Memory Map). It is a fabulous walk though.
patrikG  commented on 06 April 2011

Hi Mac, good to know the walk is a bit longer than the waypoints make it out to be. As you probably know, the system adds up the distance between each waypoint (presuming a straight line), thus, the longer the walk and more windy the actual path, the more variability there is. Obviously the most accurate way to calculate distances is if a walk is submitted as a GPX-file, then the distance is highly accurate. We have tested our new GPX-walk-submittal feature quite a bit, but if you own a GPS and have a GPX-file handy, try it out (go to Walk Editor, then choose the sub-menu item) - while GPX as a data-format is nicely standardised, it would be good to know if GPX-files from different GPS produce very different results.
Timwoods  commented on 06 April 2011

Hi Mac, glad you don't mind, it seemed to good a walk to lose!
mac.hawk  commented on 08 April 2011

Hi PatrikG, I don't possess a GPS (and am not looking to aquire one) as I've never felt the need to have anything other than the OS 1:25000 map and a bit of good old comman sense. Indeed Tim, indeed - really glad it's on the website.
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