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Date: Friday 6th October 2017 - a classic circuit of this wonderful hill. Distance: 10 km (6 miles)
Parking: Horton car park (BD24 0HF, SD 807 724)
Other transport: Horton train station on the Settle to Carlisle line is close to the start
Toilets: Horton car park
Refreshments: Pubs and café in Horton
This is a great walk full of interest and is the easiest of the Three Peaks to climb. The paths are clear and navigation relatively straight-forward. Make sure you are suitably equipped – remember as you go higher it gets colder and windier.
Turn right out of the National Park car park and walk out of the village passing the Golden Lion pub and church and cross a small stream. Then turn left up a minor tarmac road. Follow this road up towards Brackenbottom Farm and just before reaching some buildings take a footpath on your left signed to Pen-y-ghent.
Climb steadily up through fields on an obvious path alongside the wall with Pen-y-ghent ahead of you. After crossing the forth stile you meet the Pennine Way path. Turn left and take the final section of the route to the summit. This is steeper for a while before reaching the trig point and shelter.
Cross the wall at the summit and follow the clear path heading away from the wall signed Horton. This zigzags down, passing the gash of Hunt Pot, to reach a stile. Shortly after the stile you come to a junction and gate at the top of a walled lane.
A short diversion following a grassy path away from the walled lane leads to the open chasm of Hull Pot (take care close to the edge) which is well worth a visit.
To return to Horton, simply follow the walled lane which goes through some great limestone scenery and takes you to the middle of the village. When the road is reached, turn right to return to the car park.