3.7 of 5 (7 votes)

High Bentham to Ribblehead

A moderate walk (mountain (above 600m)) in national park Yorkshire Dales starting and finishing in North Yorkshire, England, about 17.20km (10.69 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 7:00h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 687m (2253ft)
Descent 460m (1509ft)
Max. Elevation 720m (2362ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 1147m (3762ft)
High Bentham
Chapel le Dale
Distance 17.20km
Duration ~7:00h
2Created by mac.hawk on 25 Dec 2014
A linear walk over Ingleborough, Simon & Park Fells to Ribblehead utilising the railway. Detour to Ingleton if desired. Route over Simon & Park Fells not RoW so no waymarking but the path IS there. Lovely views on a good day. Station Inn at Ribblehead open all day.

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Walk Map

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OS Grid SD666689
Exit the railway station & head left into the village. At the junction go right for 100 yards then turn left. Ignore the waymarked footpath 1/4 mile up the road to reach the bridleway further on.
OS Grid SD668699
Turn right down the bridleway to soon reach a waymarked footpath on the left and follow it to cross the golf course to reach Dumb Tom's Lane.
About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SD676707
Cross the lane and follow the waymarked footpath through half a dozen fields to each Foredales House Farm.
About 1.14 km (~0.71 miles) from
OS Grid SD683717
Ignore the RoW footpath and instead veer left down the farms access road. After 1/4 mile reach a junction and carry on ahead for a further 1/2 mile to reach the A65(T) road.
About 1.25 km (~0.78 miles) from
OS Grid SD690726
Cross the road and carry on ahead (avoiding the village) for 1/2 mile to reach the junction with the Old Road from Clapham.
About 1.11 km (~0.69 miles) from
OS Grid SD697731
At the junction turn right and follow the road for 1/4 mile (ignore a road heading off to the right) to reach Fell Lane.
About 0.79 km (~0.49 miles) from
OS Grid SD701731
Turn right into Fell Lane and follow the bridleway as it winds it's way up Ingleborough to pass Crina Bottom Farm.
About 0.42 km (~0.26 miles) from
OS Grid SD722734
Beyond the farm the route starts to rise the hill much more steeply. Beyond Limestone Load the last section becomes very steppy as you reach the sumitt plateau and trig pillar.
About 2.10 km (~1.3 miles) from
OS Grid SD740745
From the trig point head diagonally left to reach the lip of the hill then follow it right to reach a large bolder on the left and the exit point at Swine Tail.
About 2.14 km (~1.33 miles) from
OS Grid SD744746
Follow the narrow path down hill to reach a waymarker board attached to a 2ft high stone at a junction of paths. Take the left hand path.
About 0.37 km (~0.23 miles) from
OS Grid SD746748
Follow the path to a gate at the top of the Ingleborough 'staircase'. Do not descend the staicase, instead turn right.
About 0.29 km (~0.18 miles) from
OS Grid SD748748
At this point you can either follow the path ahead around the lip of the hill or follow the path adjacent the wall on the right for 3/4 mile, we take the latter although both reach checkpoint (17).
About 0.14 km (~0.09 miles) from
OS Grid SD755752
Reach a gate with adjacent stile, cross and turn left then follow the wall for 1/2 mile to Black Rock.
About 0.85 km (~0.53 miles) from
OS Grid SD758763
Still following the wall on the left the path descends and veers to the left to reach a (usually) boggy area where old duckboards are in situ.
About 1.13 km (~0.7 miles) from
OS Grid SD759765
From the duckboards the path heads diagonally right uphill and can be indistinct in places. You could just continue to follow the wall on the left.
About 0.26 km (~0.16 miles) from
OS Grid SD763769
The path plateau's out and reaches the trig pillar just beyond which go through a gate then immediately left again into the adjacent field.
About 0.57 km (~0.35 miles) from
OS Grid SD764771
Simply follow the broken wall on the right quite steeply down hill to reach a gate at Colt Park.
About 0.19 km (~0.12 miles) from
OS Grid SD771779
Go through the gate and follow the track ahead through the limestone crags. Cross the railway line and continue until reaching the Gauber Road.
About 1.03 km (~0.64 miles) from
OS Grid SD773785
Turn left and follow the road for 3/4 mile to reach a road junction and turn left. At the Station Inn turn left into the access track to reach the Ribblehead railway station.
About 0.67 km (~0.42 miles) from
OS Grid SD765789
Walk has one steep 'up' and one steep 'down' and walks approx 11 3/4 miles in length.
About 0.96 km (~0.6 miles) from

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