Ascending Pen-y-Ghent in Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks Snow

Cloudy when starting ascent
blue sky on Pen-y-Ghent
the ground was greenygrey
to the top all the way…

This was my first ascent of Pen-y-Ghent from the southern steep end. I ascended it from the north as the first of the Three Peaks when I did them in 2012. It was a trip in glorious spring sunshine that also produced the cover for my second poetry collection, 242 Mirror Poems and Reflections:

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Five years later, I arrived in Horton-in-Ribblesdale at about noon…

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Pen-y-Ghent has always reminded me of the sphinx; a crouching lion; and reading Graham Hancock’s Magicians of the Gods afterwards I first learned that it is a common mountain shape, due to the way weather corrodes mountains.

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There were a few people around on the ascent, including a group doing all three peaks. Dry stone walls provide nice lines for photos.

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Some blue sky appeared on the steeper ascent.

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There was ice on the ground, and now I could see for miles.

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There is a bit when it is a bit of a scramble, using stone for steps.

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Then it levels out again…

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… to the peak. One person was arriving just after me from the west, and two were following me with two dogs the way I ascended.

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There was a nice view to the east too.

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I continued north, and didn’t see anybody until returning to the village (Horton-in-Ribblesdale) over five hours later.

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