On leaving the town of Hawes, the weather improved marginally enough to press on with our journey towards the previously mentioned Ribblehead viaduct. Although I had been down this road twice before, I didn't realise the serious height gain on the road as we climbed slowly up the hill. This was made more noticeable by the low lying cloud that we had entered !! We had hoped to see the summit of Whernside at one stage but I gave up that idea rather quickly because on reaching Ribblehead, we couldn't even see the viaduct far less the mountain behind it.
For those who don't know what to look out for, you have a far better idea of the view than my fellow passengers who still don't know what this view looks like......
|Whernside and Ribblehead viaduct in happier times !! .... 13th May 2010|
I knew that there might be an entrance fee into the grounds but unfortunately it was a long time ago and it was a bit difficult to accept that it was going to cost £18.
After putting on our boots and setting out on the walk, we came across a tree that was filled with two pence pieces.....
|"all at sea / shipwrecked ! "|
|Over the edge.... for Thornton Force !|
|no medals for this performance, wrong pool... kayaks only|
We eventually reached the top of the hill and crossed the river. The remaining member of my group is spotted on the bridge trying to capture an illusive photograph before me. I was going to leave this photo out as I spent a lot of time with the four image options I collected. I quite liked the angles of the posts, tried several variations but wasn't happy with the result with no-one on the bridge. I haven't had time to ask for permission to publish this yet, my friend has become faceless, sorry to him!!
|vanishing point... well, not quite !|
We came across a selection of gates both old and new near White Scar caves. Welcome to weather........
|File under : not for next years tourist brochure cover|
The last section back to the car park followed the course of the River Doe with numerous smaller falls and a gorge
Lastly, even though the walk was only 4.5 miles long, the rain started again and it seemed like a long time before we arrived in Ingleton. You know it's a bad sign when a dog keeps an eye on the weather !! .