Posted in Pen-y-ghent on October 22nd, 2011 by David Murphy

On the 28th May 2012 I set off to the Yorkshire Dales to finish my “three peak challenge” two years after Whernside and Ingleborough.
I didn’t take along any waterproofs in the shape of a jacket, pants or my poncho or tarp. I took along my Osprey Raptor 14 litre backpack my new Inertia X-lite mat, Tesco £20 ultra-thin sleeping bag and my Terra Nova Jupiter Flo2 Bivi, the pack managed well weighing in at 10kg my food was boil in the bag foods which I tend to empty the contents straight into my pan to save my water and use babywipes to clean the pan afterwards.
Arriving at the base of Pen-y-ghent at 4pm hiking was down to a bit of a scramble near the top going up the steep side. On arriving at the summit trig I seen a woman talking on her Amateur Radio transceiver with a 6ft antenna sticking out of her pack, having a chat about ham radio and how I used to be a licensed operator after passing the RAE about 20 years ago I asked her if she could take my photo near the trig (seen below).
Phone and internet signal was a bit of a problem on my network so I walked right around the summit trying to find a spot where improved signal and views of a sunset and sunrise would still be possible, I ended up just around a 100ft from the trig point, just as I started unpacking my kit I seen a guy (Graham aka Gator) whom spoke to me and I replied, on doing so another head popped from over the wall (Gary aka Suggy) from he said he recognized my voice from over the wall and when he seen me he new I was daveswildcamping explaining he had just the night before visited my website and watched my videos and they named me the crazy git with the website or summit similar haha. “Some of Garys and Graham’s photos seen here
As the sun was lowering our cups were raising full of whisky which the lads had brought with them and a fine bag of Bombay mix which went down well, we talked into the early hours with a nice fire going I really enjoyed my time here, and being there first wildcamping experience and having me as there guide and mentor haha I bet it was as much of a treat for them (He mentioned I have sold wildcamping to him) as it was for me being recognised was quite humbling for me.

I had my alarm set for 04.50 to catch the Sun rising which wasn’t to be as outside was a wash of low cloud so I went back to sleep and awoke to the lads talking outside around 06.30 I think, looking outside I see the best cloud inversion I have seen to date rushing out I pulled on my boots, grabbed my mobile to take some shots.

Hope you have enjoyed reading and watch my video below and leave a comment on my blog, thanks


My Actual Route



   2012-05-28_1556 175mi Raw

  Me at Trig

Me and Graham

 Morning and Cloud Inversion

 Gary Snapped me first awaking from my Bivvy

 This Was A Still from my Video



Panoramic view of Pen-y-ghent

Pen-y-ghent is located in Yorkshire Dales
Location of Pen-y-ghent in the Yorkshire Dales National Park
Elevation 694 m (2,277 ft)
Prominence c. 306 m
Parent peak Whernside
Listing Marilyn, Hewitt, Nuttall
Translation Hill on the border (Cumbric)
Pronunciation /ˈpɛnɨɡɛnt/
Location Yorkshire Dales, England
OS grid SD838733
Coordinates 54°09′19″N 2°14′59″W / 54.15528°N 2.24972°W / 54.15528; -2.24972Coordinates: 54°09′19″N 2°14′59″W / 54.15528°N 2.24972°W / 54.15528; -2.24972
Topo map OS Landranger 98

Pen-y-ghent is a fell in the Yorkshire Dales. It is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, the other two being Ingleborough and Whernside. It lies some 3 km east of Horton in Ribblesdale. The Pennine Way links the summit to the village; the route is around 5 km in length as the Way curves initially to the north before turning east to reach the summit.

The more direct route that traverses the southern 'nose' of the hill is the route usually taken by the those attempting The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, as the walk is usually (but not exclusively) done in an anti-clockwise direction starting/finishing in Horton in Ribblesdale. The other main hillwalking route on the hill heads north from the summit to reach Plover hill before descending to join the bridleway that is Foxup Road.

In the Cumbric language Pen presumably meant 'hill' or 'head', but ghent is more obscure. It could be taken to be 'edge' or 'border'.[1] The name Pen-y-ghent could therefore mean 'Hill on the border'.[2] Alternatively, it could be mean 'wind' or 'winds' - from the closest Welsh language translation as gwynt. Thus it might mean simply 'Head of the Winds'. It is also acceptable to write it as Pen y Ghent rather than Pen-y-Ghent.

View of Pen-y-ghent as seen from the ascent from Horton
As seen from the ascent from Horton.


  1. ^ (Bibby, p.120)
  2. ^ (Ekwall)


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