Postcard – A walk up Ingleborough from Storrs Common, Ingleton

12th August 2019

You can follow my walk on the map on Street Map

Ingleton is on the A65 Skipton Kendal road about 10 miles west of Settle. It comes as quite a shock to people to realise that there was a coal mine in Ingleton until the 1930’s. Its where the Co-op petrol station is today. the estate opposite (New Village) were miners houses.

Take the B6255 hawes road out of ingleton. The walk starts where the road becomes un-walled on the left.

I started at Storrs Common where you can leave your car.  If you can park by the lane end, all well and good.  If you have to park further up the road, you can cut across the common.

Very quickly you get a good view of the Lune Valley.

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Lune Valley from Storrs Common

You can just make out the squares of Heysham Power Station.  You can see part of Morecambe Bay.

As you ascend, you get to the start of the walled Fell Lane and a first glimpse of the flat topped Ingleborough

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First glimpse of Ingleborough

A little higher up you get this view of Whernside.

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Whernside from Fell Lane

At the end of the walled track you come to Crina Bottom Farm.  Great view of the summit.

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Crina Bottom

A nice walk through the limestone until you get to the Yoredales. here I was lucky to see a bird of prey hovering in the updraft, until it was scared off by a military aircraft below it in the valley!

The summit looks close now

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Buttresses on Ingleborough

Some nice small cliffs on the western side.  And now it starts to get steep, but you ascend above the ridge so you can see east to Pendle Hill.

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Pendle hill from Ingleborough

Eventually you reach the vast summit plateau.

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Simmit trig point

Looking East you can see Paping Gill (Look hard and you can see the cavers vehicles – they are setting up the winch to lower people down the 380′ drop to the huge cavern below.)  You can also see down the Aire Gap down towards Skipton

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Gaping Gill from summit

And here is the trig point at the top.  You can make out the Lakeland fells and Moecambe bay in the background.

I could actually see Barrow in Furness, Fleetwood, The fells above Burnley, across to Littondale,  the fells north of Wensleydale and the Howgills.  They say that on a clear day you can see the Isle of Man.

This is Pen-y-ghent, with Fountains fell behind (Where they used to mine coal).

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Pen-y-ghent from Ingleborough

After a cheese butty and a banana, all I had to do was walk down again.

Before doing a walk like this, make sure you have looked at the weather forecast, have a map, have suitable clothing (remember, mountains make weather) and are carrying enough food and drinks to keep you going through the day. Wear suitable clothing. if you have children with you remember they get tired and cold very quickly.

© Text & photos Alexsandr too 2019

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