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From: Golden Lion, Horton-in-RibblesdaleTo: Old Hill Inn, Chapel-le-Dale11.5 miles18.5 km714m ascent660m descent
ThumbnailThis is a magnificent route which visits Ingleborough Cave and Gaping Gill on the way to the summit of Ingleborough, through classic limestone country. Climb up Sulber Nick on the 3 Peaks motorway from Horton-in-Ribblesdale, but just beyond Sulber turn south west, so we can take in the magnificent limestone features of Ingleborough Cave and Gaping Gill on the way to the summit. You're now in some of the best walking country in Britain, so make sure your camera is fully charged and make the most of it. Ingleborough Cave and Gaping Gill are worth a visit, but there's a charge of £9 at Ingleborough Cave, and on Bank Holidays a further £10 charge at Gaping Gill if the potholers' winch is running. There's a useful café at Ingleborough cave, but the toilets there are strictly out of bounds unless you are actually taking the cave tour. After leaving the cave, there's an easy scramble up the impressive Trow Gill, then climb towards Gaping Gill, which is a nice spot for lunch. Assuming you don't fall into Gaping Gill, follow the steep track up to the south buttress of Ingleborough, before finally doubling back to reach the summit at 723m, the highest point so far on the walk. Enjoy the all round views, including the Lake District, then head north east from the summit and drop down steeply in fine limestone scenery. Watch out for the interestingly named Braithwaite Wife Hole on your way - a huge chasm just off the path to your right. It's not far now to the Old Hill Inn in Chapel-le-Dale, but there's only 2 rooms, so book in advance if you can. They are closed in the afternoons, theoretically, but if you're staying there a couple of pints will be served! Campers can pitch up on their land if you promise to refresh yourself in the pub, and there's another camp site on Philpin lane on the way up to Whernside. If you do get chatting to locals in the pub, make sure Mr Braithwaite is not there before discussing his wife's hole, especially if you've taken photos of it! There's an interesting wagon wheel in the bar, and allegedly a skilled caver can get through all the gaps between the spokes. Don't blame me if you get stuck.
Bus LogoHortonBeer LogoOld Hill Inn, Chapel le Dale
Train LogoHorton: RibbleheadBed LogoOld Hill Inn, Chapel le Dale
Car LogoHorton B6479: Chapel-le-Dale B6255Tent LogoOld Hill Inn, Philpin Lane, Chapel le Dale
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