Now that you’ve tackled both Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside, Ingleborough awaits. Since it’s been several hours since you set off and have climbed 2 of the 3 peaks in the route, you’re likely to feel tired, if not exhausted. However, it should be noted that despite the fact that Ingleborough is taller than Pen-y-Ghent by about 30 metres, it’s an easier climb – but it won’t feel like that. Many people state that Ingleborough is the toughest climb out of all of the peaks, so be prepared.
On a clear day, you can see Ingleborough from the summit of Whernside, sticking out from the surrounding moorland. The main path down from Whernside is a slow, steady descent until you reach the road leading to the Old Hill Inn. An inconspicuous gate takes you off the road and back onto the trail leading to Ingleborough. A long route over rolling farmland will lead you to a sign stating you’re 2 miles from Ingleborough’s summit, and a stone path leading the way to the foot of the peak.
While the initial climb up the steep ridge at the foot of the peak may not look too difficult in pictures, this is where the built-up fatigue really starts to kick in, and the short climb feels like you’re scaling Everest. However, after that point, the path becomes far more manageable and you can get a sense of just how challenging this route can be.
The rocky ascent up Ingleborough gives you an amazing view of Yorkshire and on a clear day, you can see as far as North Wales, with the prominent peak of Manod Mawr in Snowdonia over 100 miles away being clearly visible. While reaching the peak, you’ll notice a large rock jutting out of the surrounding rubble: this is the fork in the road leading from the summit back down to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, the village where you started.
The final ascent of Ingleborough will once again test your stamina and scrambling skills, but once you’re past it, you’ll finally reach the final peak and get an amazing view of the surrounding countryside: from Southern Scotland to the fells of Cumbria all the way to the massifs of Wales in the far distance, the summit of Ingleborough is your final stop and the jewel in the 3 Peaks crown. Only the route back to Horton remains…
NY3P is dedicated to giving both novice and experienced hikers a challenge through the North Yorkshire Three Peaks Route: Taking you over 3 of the highest peaks in Yorkshire – Pen-Y-Ghent, Ingleborough & Whernside – in the space of a single day. 24 miles in 12 hours.