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Hull Pot, an ancient collapsed cave on the slopes of Pen-y-Ghent

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Route No. 665 - Wednesday 5 April 2017
Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Pennine Way,
Hull Pot & return - 7km
Ribblesdale . . .

Route map from Ordnance Survey Open Space service.

Map: OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas


Distant view of Pen-y-Ghent seen from the car park in Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Distant view of Pen-y-Ghent seen from the car park in Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Walking along the B6479 through Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Walking along the B6479 through Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Following the Pennine Way route out of Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Following the Pennine Way route out of Horton-in-Ribblesdale

From the car park entrance we turned right to walk southwards along the B6479 through Horton-in-Ribblesdale. After about 200m we came to a finger post on the left hand side of the road pointing to a farm access track opposite. We turned left off the B6479 here to follow the public bridleway along the farm access track.

My neighbour, Jim, and I are staying at a pub in Kirkby Lonsdale for a few days. (We both have a 3-day pass from our respective wives) Today we drove from the pub in Kirkby Lonsdale to Horton-in-Ribblesdale. We parked in the 'Pay & Display' car park at map ref. SD 807 726 at the northern end of Horton-in-Ribblesdale off the B6479.

Turning left off the B6479  to the Pennine Way
Turning left off the B6479 to the Pennine Way

Following the Pennine Way route towards Pen-y-Ghent
Following the Pennine Way route towards Pen-y-Ghent

Following the Pennine Way route towards Pen-y-Ghent (right turn ahead is the 3 Peaks route up Pen-y-Ghent)
Following the Pennine Way route towards Pen-y-Ghent (right turn ahead is the 3 Peaks route up Pen-y-Ghent)

Continuing along the Pennine Way towards Pen-y-Ghent
Continuing along the Pennine Way towards Pen-y-Ghent

Pennine Way on the walled track climbing towards Pen-y-Ghent
Pennine Way on the walled track climbing towards Pen-y-Ghent

Continuing on the steady climb towards Pen-y-Ghent
Continuing on the steady climb towards Pen-y-Ghent

After about 1.7km from the road we came to a horseshoe shaped limestone crag below us in the field on the right of the track. It was in a small dry valley and was the first of several such feature as we continued to climb along the walled track.

This track is the route of the Pennine Way and the route called 'A Pennine Journey'. We continued along this walled track winding up the hillside with ewes and their new born lambs in the lower fields by the track.

Ewes & their new lambs beside the Pennine Way
Ewes & their new lambs beside the Pennine Way

Ruined building next to the walled track
Ruined building next to the walled track

Continuing on the steady climb towards Pen-y-Ghent
Continuing on the steady climb towards Pen-y-Ghent

Horseshoe shaped limestone crag looks like the site of a dried up waterfall
Horseshoe shaped limestone crag looks like the site of a dried up waterfall

Gate to the open moor wherethe Pennine Way turns right
Gate to the open moor where the Pennine Way turns right

The Pennine Way climbing up Pen-y-Ghent to our right
The Pennine Way climbing up Pen-y-Ghent to our right

To our left was a gravel track alongside the wall heading off to Ingleborough along the Yorkshire Three Peaks route. Ahead and slightly to our right 'The Pennine Journey' route headed off along the Foxup Road and into Littondale. Our route was straight ahead along a grassy track for about 300m to the edge of Hull Pot.

After another 650m along the walled track we came to a gate across the track. Through the gate there were several tracks heading off in different directions. The Pennine Way headed off to our right following the wall before veering off to climb to the top of Pen-y-Ghent.


Yorkshire 3 Peaks route heading for Ingleborough

Heading towards Hull Pot along a moorland track
Heading towards Hull Pot along a moorland track

Hull Pot, a chasm in the limestone left by a collapsed cavern in the distant past
Hull Pot, a chasm in the limestone left by a collapsed cavern in the distant past

Looking into Hull Pot from the dry bed of Hull Pot Beck
Looking into Hull Pot from the dry bed of Hull Pot Beck

Setting off back from Hull Pot along the moorland track
Setting off back from Hull Pot along the moorland track

Hull Pot Beck only flows into Hull Pot after heavy rainfall and then there is a spectacular waterfall here. We walked all the way round Hull Pot across the dry bed of Hull Pot Beck. The Hull Pot chasm in the limestone is about 80m from east to west and about 20m from north to south, with its sheer limestone cliffs about 15m high, it's a fine sight, but no waterfall today!

Hull Pot is an impressive hole in the limestone was formed by the collapse of a large cavern in the distant past. The cavern itself was formed by the flow of water from Hull Pot Beck eroding fissures in the limestone. We were disappointed to find that Hull Pot Beck was dry, but the beck goes underground some distance upstream.

A last look down into Hull Pot before we left
A last look down into Hull Pot before we left

Re-joining the walled track on our way back
Re-joining the walled track on our way back, map ref. SD823743

See also an alternative return route to Horton-in-Ribblesdale making a circular walk
or continue to return along the same track (Pennine Way) as the outward route

Looking down into Ribblesdale as we returned along the walled track
Looking down into Ribblesdale as we returned along the walled Pennine Way track

Windows10 has a much better photo from lower down the track
Windows10 has a much better photo from lower down the track

We continued along the walled track back into Horton-in-Ribblesdale and the end of our walk. The whole walk was about 7km with a climb of about 150m (500ft) and it took me around two and a half hours to walk including a long look at Hull Pot. We may have to return when there has been a lot of rain to see the spectacular waterfall (do a search for Hull Pot on Google Images to see what we missed).

From Hull Pot we made our way back the way that we had come. We had only seen two people on the way up but there were numerous groups of walkers climbing up Pen-y-Ghent as we made our descent. On the way back I though the view down the walled track had a familiar feel to it. Eventually it dawned on me that the little hill with a small knot of trees on top at map ref. SD 816 728 is the subject of one of the photos used by Windows10 for their Desktop backgrounds.

Heading back to Horton-in Ribblesdale along the walled track
Heading back to Horton-in Ribblesdale along the walled track

Nearing Horton-in-Ribblesdale along the walled track at the end of our walk
Nearing Horton-in-Ribblesdale along the walled track at the end of our walk

An alternative return route from map ref. SD 823 743, making a circular walk
or go back along the same Pennine Way track as the outward route

Route No. 665A - Wednesday 27 September 2017
Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Pennine Way,
Whitber Hill, Pennine Way circuit - 8km
Ribblesdale . . .

Looking back to Pen-y-Ghent from Whitber Hill
Looking back to Pen-y-Ghent from Whitber Hill

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Re-joining the walled track on our way back
We turned right at this gate across the Pennine Way
at map ref. SD823743

This time when we returned to the gate across the Pennine Way at map ref. SD 823 743 we turned right to walk along the gravel path that is used as part of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Route, coming down from Pen-y-Ghent and heading out towards Ingleborough.

I'm staying in Kirby Lonsdale again. This time with a group of friends. There was a good deal of rain yesterday so today we are planning to walk up to Hull Pot in the hope of seeing the waterfall into it. We all drove to Horton-in-Ribblesdale and walked up to Hull Pot along the Pennine Way route described above. Still no waterfall!

Following the 3-Peaks route from Pen-y-Ghent
Following the 3-Peaks route from Pen-y-Ghent

Climbing up Whitber Hill along the 3-Peaks route
Climbing up Whitber Hill along the 3-Peaks route

Crossing Whitber Hill
Crossing Whitber Hill

Double kissing gates at the dry stone wall
Double kissing gates at the dry stone wall

Through the kissing gate we turned left following the paved path across a dip in the moor parallel to the dry stone wall. About 250m from the double kissing gate we came to the Pennine Way at map ref. SD 810 748.

This well made gravel path took us over Whitber Hill. The path then dropped down to cross Sell Gill Beck. From the beck the path climbed up over Sell Gill Hill. Just over the hill top we came to a double kissing gate in the dry stone wall. It's needed to accommodate the throng of people doing the three peaks challenge.

Climbing up from Sell Gill Beck
Climbing up from Sell Gill Beck

Paved path across a dip in the moor next to the wall
Paved path across a dip in the moor next to the wall

Turning left on to the Pennine Way route back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Turning left on to the Pennine Way route back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Heading back to Horton along the Pennine Way route
Heading back to Horton along the Pennine Way route

The black sheep of the flock
The black sheep of the flock

Heading down to Horton along the Pennine Way route
Heading down to Horton along the Pennine Way route

The circular route from Horton in Ribblesdale up along the Pennine Way to Hull Pot then across Whitber Hill to join the Pennine Way again and descend back into Horton is just 8km and took us a little over three hours including a look at the dry Hull Pot again.

We turned left here to follow the Pennine Way back down into Horton-in-Ribblesdale. The Pennine Way route uses a walled track which we followed for over 2km down into Ribblesdale to the road (B6479) in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. At the road we turned left and crossed the road to the car park and the end of our walk.

Heading down to Horton along the Pennine Way route
Heading down to Horton along the Pennine Way route

Following the Pennine Way route back to Horton
Following the Pennine Way route back to Horton

Nearing the edge of Horton-in-Ribblesdale
Nearing the edge of Horton-in-Ribblesdale

Approaching our left turn onto the B6479 near the road bridge over the River Ribble and the end of our walk
Approaching our left turn onto the B6479 near the road bridge over the River Ribble and the end of our walk

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