Ribblesdale. 23-24 April 2021

We got to the Dales late in the evening but we only had to walk a short distance before pitching the tent for the night. The moonlight was so bright that we did not use our torches. We camped by an almost dry stream, we have only just managed to collect enough water for breakfast.

The blue and red lines show our track on the 23 and 24 April, respectively.

We camped close to the Ribblehead Viaduct and the view in the morning was magnificent. We were lucky enough to spot a train (they only run a few times a day). This is a popular tourist destination: the Viaduct is 400 m long, 32 m high with 24 stone arches. It was built in 1869-1874 as part of the Settle-Carlisle railway.

Nature's dessert: a moss pie.

Dales are famous for limestone caves. We stopped at quite a few caves this time, and even visited a few.

Sonys by the entrance to Hardrawkin pot. This was our favourite cave.

This cave was no less spectacular than the commercial ones.


The water runs down the walls creating little limestone cells.

The cave floor is like a carpet.

The limestone pavements above the caves resemble African savannas. April was very cold this year so the trees had no leaves. Does this not look like a desert?

Hawthorn on the slopes of Ingleborough.

Here the rocks are even more exposed and resemble oysters at the seaside.

This boulder is visible from far away. How did it get here?

On our way back we walked past a few flocks of sheep. Most had two baby lambs.

The last limestone pavement before going home.

The curved shapes carved in the limestone were amazing.

Limestone brain...

... and fern leaves.

This was a great trip - we covered ca. 20 km, explored several caves, climbed Ingleborough and visited Ribblehead Viaduct.

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