Anyway, the walk went like this.
|Looking over to Ingleborough from the gate in Thwaite Lane.|
"Robin, so the story goes, was a well-established yeoman farmer from somewhere south of Ingleborough. One day he was returning to his home, taking the direct line over Thwaite Scars rather than sticking to the safer but longer track, when he was caught put in thick fog. Sadly he lost his bearings and tumbled with his steed over the edge of the cliffs, being dashed to pieces on the rocks below. Its a nice story but has at least one major pitfall: the ground up there is so rough and rocky that no one would knowingly ride a horse across it. On the other hand there is an entry in the Clapham Burial Register, dated 12 August 1677, recording the death of Robin Procter of Hazle Hall farm (now near Clapham Station) 'falling frrm a cliff at Norber."
Many thanks to the Very Knowledgable Kev for providing the stories.
|Robin Proctor's Scar. We are heading up to the left of it.|
|One of many boulders that don't belong. The erratics make for an interesting landscape though.|
|The local caving community got the idea that this shakehole may be another way into the cave system, They've even used explosive to clear away the rubble apparently............. It doesn't look like they got very far!|
|Loving the countryside. That's Pen-y-Ghent in the distance.|
|The Limestone Pavement of Moughton Scars.|
|Moughton Scars........ Amazing landscape|
But the summit beckoned, and on we went, up the Swine Tail heading for the top. Thing is, so was everybody else. It seemed as if a couple of busloads of families had decided to make their way up the Swine Tail at the same time as us. We were surrounded by little people, of varying sizes and noise levels. A very busy summit.
|Ribbleshead Viaduct from Ingleborough|
|Whernside just over the way.|
Next it was Gaping Gill - a gaping hole in the ground into which Fell Beck normally disappears. Except Fell Beck was nearly dry today, so it trickled over the edge. I like Gaping Gill, Peter and I have visited a couple of times before, both visits have had a certain amount of adventure about them: Descending into Gaping Gill and Ingleborough and the slippery Fell Beck.
|One very happy dog|