A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I had considered trying a winter round of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks. I had not done this before. So on 12th February I got my act in order and left the house early. The forecast was not too bad promising clear tops by mid-morning. As it happened this did not materialise and it was only as I was approaching the last of the three, Whernside, that things improved.
So I started (as a couple of weeks ago) by the Old Hill Inn and went anti-clockwise – Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent, Whernside. I saw no-one on Ingleborough, a group of six plus dog on Pen-y-ghent (and later passed more who were ascending) and three fell runners on Whernside. So it was quiet!
It was quite wintry on the tops but pleasant in the valleys below the cloud with the ground generally being frozen. I was a little disappointed with my time around of 9 hours 40 minutes but there was quite a bit of snow on Ingleborough and Whernside.
Here are some pics taken with my phone. I was stiff the next day – clearly out of practice!
Ingleborough from Ribblehead