The hill of winds

If you can tell by the picture you may know that this post is going to be about one of my favourite walks, Penyghent – sometimes known as ‘the hill of winds’.

When I went on this walk it was the end of November 2017 at 10:00 in the morning. We started outside the village of Horton-in-ribblesdale and went to the Penyghent cafe to ask the man what the weather was like and which route was best to take. He suggested the direct route up the side rather than the ‘nose’ – the steep way as it could be very slippery.

Me with Penyghent mountain in the distance

Penyghent mountain is one of the famous ‘Three Peaks of Yorkshire’. The other two being Ingleborough and Whernside. Penyghent is the smallest at 2277 feet.

We went along a farm track for about half a mile and came across no snow where we were, but could see there was snow on the mountain in the distance.

When we reached the snow, I ran off and started throwing snowballs until my gloves were soaked and my hands were freezing.

As we were going up we saw a man in a t-shirt and shorts even though it was around -6 degrees Celsius. When we got to the top it was snowing very hard, and after a snack and warm drink, we met some people who walked down with us.

It was very cold at the top

But my hands were very very cold because my gloves were wet from throwing those snowballs, so I decided to use the hand warmers we took with us.

We eventually got back to the cafe and had a hot chocolate drink and a bar of chocolate which thawed us out. After that we went back to the car and went home.

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