Snowy Horton Circular

16 Jan: Horton Circular via Dub Cote and Helwith Bridge
Book, alight and return Horton. 7 miles easy.

1st sight PyG

First view of Pen-Y-Ghent

Just my kind of walk! I’ve recorded two walks from or to Horton-in-Ribblesdale station on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line here and here. And now I’m adding a third. Being ‘easy’ we kept pretty low level but nevertheless views were superb and the sun warmish and the ground mud-free due to icy conditions. Stiles and bridges were slippery with ice but we all survived for a warming tea (some opted for beer at The Crown) at the famous Pen-Y-Ghent Cafe in the village. As we walked I felt a bit like that famous Japanese artist Hokusai who painted 36 views of Mount Fuji. Only mine were photos of a snow-sprinkled Pen-Y-Ghent one of the much-ascended Three Peaks, from every angle of the walk.

PyG 3

PyG 2

penyg 4

pyg and sm

Pen-Y-Ghent and Swarth Moor from Quarry Viewpoint

pyg and sign

Nearly back at Horton … Pen-Y-Ghent again

We stopped for a coffee break near Dub Cote Bunkhouse Barn on the flanks of Pen-Y-Ghent and for lunch near Helwith Bridge. Our return route took us along prepared tracks made the quarrying company with viewpoints and information boards. Finally, our tracks took us alongside the River Ribble and back to Horton, the cafe and, as snow began to fall, Horton-in-Ribblesdale Station.

coffee stop

Coffee Stop

helwith Bridge

Helwith Bridge


River Ribble at Helwith Bridge

quarry 1

Dry Rigg Quarry – Nature Reserve

quarry 2

Dry Rigg Nature Reserve

quarry 3

From the Quarry Viewpoint

swarth moor

Our route followed fenced paths through the quarries

pyg and church

Final View of Pen-Y-Ghent behind Horton Church (snow clouds gathering)



8 comments on “Snowy Horton Circular

  1. ms6282 says:

    a snow covered Pen-y-Ghent looks great. Nice photos. Wouldn’t like to try climbing it head on in those conditions though. Wise to stay low level😉

  2. Fran says:

    Lovely views, snow picks out every contour of the hills. Sounds a good tramp.

  3. Martin says:

    Great photos Barbara. I’m shivering just looking at them. I hope you were well wrapped up!!

  4. So beautiful. Just the kind of landscape that makes me yearn!

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