Pen-y-Ghent from Horton in Ribblesdale

A nice circular walk taking in Pen-y-Ghent and returning to Horton in Ribblesdale with regular views of the Settle to Carlisle Railway.

Technical sheet
No. 12084601
A Horton in Ribblesdale walk posted on 24/07/21 by Alwayswiththehills. Update : 20/06/22
Calculated time Calculated time: 5h25[?]
Distance Distance : 8.87mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 1496ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 1512ft
Highest point Highest point : 2257ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 719ft
Moderate Difficulty : Moderate
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Area Area : Yorkshire Dales
Location Location : Horton in Ribblesdale
Starting point Starting point : N 54.148896° / W 2.296462°
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Pen-y-Ghent Pen-y-Ghent Steam Engine on the Settle to Carlisle Line


Park in the car park in Horton in Ribblesdale.

(D/A) Leave the car park in Horton in Ribblesdale onto the main road (B6479), turn right (South-East) and walk along the pavement through the village until opposite a lane on the other side of the road signposted Pennine Way.

(1) Cross the road and take the lane (East) which heads gently uphill, curving to the left (North-East) and with some lovely Limestone geology on the right as you get higher. Arrive at a gate in the dry stone wall and crossroads with other paths.

(2) Turn right (East-South-East) and continue along the Pennine Way, the path becomes steeper but has steps in places to help, it will bring you up to and beneath a steep crag.

(3) At the junction, the path turns right (South) and continues to ascend to the top of Pen-y-Ghent, go through the gate/stile in the wall and enjoy the view.

(4) Turn right (South) and follow the path gently, then more steeply downhill (take care on the steep part). The path runs beside a wall, ignore a signpost and path on the left at the bottom of the steep section and continues to a gate in a wall.

(5) Go through the gate and take the path that leads diagonally left (South-east-South) across the moorland, it leads down to a wider stony track at Churn Milk Hole.

(6) Turn right (South-West) at the stony track (Long Lane) and follow it, passing through gates and descending gently, to a junction with a road. On the way ignore paths coming from left and right keeping South-West.

(7) Turn right and follow the road (Moor head Lane) to the main Horton in Ribblesdale road (B6479)

(8) Cross over, turn left, and walk (take care) to a T junction.

(9) At the T junction turn right and follow the road (Austwick Road) as it curves around to the left and crosses the railway via a bridge. (If you are a railway enthusiast you could time the walk so that arrived just before a steam locomotive came along the track, the bridge is a great place for photos). Just after the bridge turn right (North-West) into a car park for the Helwith Bridge Inn.

(10) Walk across the car park and cross into the campsite. Cross the campsite into a second field and cross this diagonally leftwards (North-West) to a gate.

(11) Go through the gate and turn right (North) onto a road. Follow this to a sharp bend left and then take a path on the right (North-East) to pass beneath the railway. Continue to where the path meets the river bank. (Note at time of writing the footbridge over the river here had been washed away)

(12) Turn left (North-East) and follow the path with the river on your right for a short distance. The river soon curves away from the path, which continues over fields to meet up with the river again. Continue, again with the river on your right and pass to the right of Crag Hill Farm.

Continue along the path (North) with a campsite on the left and the river on the right until you move beyond the campsite and eventually come to the edge of Horton in Ribblesdale where the river takes a sharp right bend. The path leads to a gate into a field on the right (North-East).

(13) Turn through the gate and walk diagonally right (North-East) across the field (livestock may be present) to a stile onto the pavement (Station Road).

(14) Turn right and follow the pavement around and over the bridge or alternatively take the footbridge, both will lead you back to the car park in Horton in Ribblesdale (D/A).

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. 771ft - Horton Car Park
1 : mi 0.15 - alt. 784ft - Sign for Pennine Way/Horton Scar Lane
2 : mi 1.73 - alt. 1253ft - Gate in Wall
3 : mi 2.69 - alt. 1886ft - Path Junction/Sign Post
4 : mi 3.25 - alt. 2254ft - Pen-Y-Ghent/Stile
5 : mi 3.84 - alt. 1663ft - Stile
6 : mi 4.29 - alt. 1493ft - Long Lane
7 : mi 6.06 - alt. 892ft - Path Junction
8 : mi 6.35 - alt. 751ft - B6479
9 : mi 6.41 - alt. 732ft - Austwick Road
10 : mi 6.53 - alt. 719ft - Helwith Bridge Inn
11 : mi 6.64 - alt. 732ft - Gate
12 : mi 6.94 - alt. 722ft - River Ribble
13 : mi 8.62 - alt. 761ft - Sharp Bend in River Ribble
14 : mi 8.72 - alt. 758ft - Stile
D/A : mi 8.87 - alt. 771ft - Horton Car Park

Useful Information

There are no places to shelter (other than behind walls) on the ascent and descent of Pen-Y-Ghent. It can be windy and cold on the top, even in summer, so take appropriate clothing with you.

The footpaths up and down, whilst maintained as part of the Pennine Way can be loose so wear appropriate footwear. I always recommend walking boots as they protect the ankle from sprains but you could do this in approach shoes when the weather is dry.

Once down there is the Helwith Bridge Inn and The Crown in Horton in Ribblesdale where you can get refreshments.

Car park: Park in the car park in Horton in Ribblesdale (Postcode : BD24 0HF)

Visorando and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The views from the top are great. if you are a railway enthusiast or have children who like steam trains you can time this walk to coincide with a steam train passing along the tracks.

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