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At 694m (2,276 ft), Pen-y-Ghent is the smallest of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks - This doesn't make it easy however, and many groups opt to tackle this mountain 1st whilst their legs are fresh.


The weather in the Yorkshire Dales can be very changeable as anyone who as ever visited before will know. Some people say that you can get all four seasons in one day! This can make planning what to bring on your visit a problem and if you are walking in the hills then an unexpected change in the weather can sometimes be quite dangerous if you arent well-prepared.


from Horton there is a choice of two paths, a longer (but slightly easier) way or a second path which takes on the sharp ridge on the front of the mountain. This allows the energetic group a much shorter route to the summit, which is well worth the extra effort!

Having 'ticked' Pen-y-Ghent you are faced with the long march across Horton Moor - a surprisingly wet area, considering the enormous draining effect of the massive Yorkshire cave systems! Any-one who keeps their feet dry across here deserves a pat on the back!


Pen-y-ghent, in common with the other 2 mountains rises sharply from the bed rock, rearing up from the valleys which where gouged out by the glaciers in the last ice age


It is composed primarily of carboniferous limestone and millstone grit, the two classic rocks of the Yorkshire Dales.
One of the most famous features of Pen-y-Ghent are the bare "rakes" on its western face which were shaped by a huge thunder storm in 1881.

Interesting Fact:

Pen-y-ghent is home to the highest gritstone rock climbing route in the UK - the hardest climb being Little Mahia at E2 5C


OS Outdoor Leisure (1:25,000) no OL2
Harvey's Superwalker (1:25,000) Yorkshire Dales.

Tourist Information:

Pen-y-ghent Cafe, Horton in Ribblesdale
Station Inn, Ribblehead