Friday, 13 February 2015

Blea Moor and Whernside from Ribblehead - 8th February 2015

A cracking run made all the better by the first 4 miles all being completely off of any main path or track - here my route was mainly over tussock grass and heather with the odd quad bike track to follow. For sure the trig point on top of Blea Moor rarely gets visited so its great to go up there and be the only human being in a huge chunk of wilderness. 

Going up Whernside from the north side I passed the Whernside Tarns which were beautifully iced up and, by the time I reached the main path near the summit, there was a fair dollop of snow hanging about too. But, best of all, there was a stunning cloud inversion by the time I got the the top ridge line with superb views of Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough poking out through the clouds. Its just great when you fortuously time a run to be at the top above the clouds

From Ribblehead - 9.4 miles and 2,268 ft - route on Strava

Ingleborough and Ribblehead Viaduct

Looking towards Whernside on the way to the top of Blea Moor

Me looking a gumby

Wind blown iced up waves I guess?

Whernside summit viewed from one of the there tarns

Looking towards Pen y Ghemt

The top track on Whernside


Pen y Ghent and Ingleborough

Route one down off of Whernside