Grade II listed, Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent, railways, Ribbledale, Ribblehead Viaduct, Settle and Carlisle line, Settle and Carlisle railway, Trains., viaduct, views, walking, Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge
The impressive Grade II listed Ribblehead Viaduct was a heart warming sight as my walking companions and I trekked from Pen-y-ghent to Ingleborough, probably because it was one of the most recognisable structures in Ribblesdale from which to take a bearing. The viaduct carries the Settle to Carlisle railway line over the Ribble Valley and we narrowly missed a steam train crossing, although we could hear its distinctive tones [we also had to the privilege of seeing and smelling the black smoke blown from its chimney, down the railway embankment, across a couple of farms and straight up into our eyes and noses].
Due to the whirl of my own Yorkshire Three Peaks walking challenge I recall the exact position of these two characters in this photograph, but I would say they are stood on Pen-y-ghent, which [according to a certain on-line encyclopaedia] has an elevation of 694 metres (2,277 feet). There was quite a crowd of people walking in Ribbledale that day, but I can’t say I noticed them again as my walking companions and I made our way from peak to peak. Perhaps they had a completely different journey in mind. We’ll probably never know!
I did not take a lot of photographs on my walk around for three reason, because my walking companions and I were walking against the clock (apparently one has to walk up Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough, Whernside and then get back to where you started within 12 hours before you can say you have done “The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge“), but in the photographs before this one my friends are at the bottom of Pen-y-ghent and in the photographs after this one we are walking towards Ingleborough, which places these two characters on Pen-y-ghent, possible at the summit.
I’m not sure what drew them to me at the time. Perhaps it was combination of the view and orange beanie hat.
I can’t drive, which is one of the major factor that directly effects what I write about and photograph, so when my friend and fellow walker Phil kindly offered to drive me down to Edale, in the Derbyshire Peaks, I jumped at the chance!
We drove home via this very impressive pass [the name of which escapes me]. We drove up from where we’d parked the car in Edale, so [if my bearings are correct] that should be Man Tor on the left hand side of the photograph.
If you missed the photographs from the last Mr.B – Phil expedition to the Peak District, you can find them here.
This photograph has one or two things written and printed on the back of it. What I presume is the date, “aug 9/34“, is written in pencil in the top right hand corner with “Pendle…” something written underneath that [Pendle Top, Pendle Tor, the first word definitely starts P e n d and the second word definitely starts with a capital T ]. I’m assuming the Pendle refers to Pendle in Lancashire, but I’m open to suggestions! Velox is printed on the paper three times, which I assume relates to Kodak Velox paper and a number stamped in green ink, 7 40, which was presumably placed there by the photographer who developed the photograph.
The trio seems very pleased with themselves and their rocky seat reminds me of the cairns found at the top of hills and mountains to mark the summit, so I assume they are having their photograph taken to celebrate the end of their walk up hill; I have had a couple of photographs taken of myself under similar circumstances. Unlike modern walkers they haven’t seen the need to don any specialist clothing, although the lady and the gentleman on her left have buttoned their overcoats up to the neck. Note the gentleman on the lady’s right is wearing a tie with what looks like a stiff white collar.
I wonder who is taking the photograph?
I have got a big birthday coming up this week, so I thought a portrait of myself wouldn’t go a miss. I think my walking companion Om took the photograph, but because Phil’s map was of questionable quality I can’t tell you exactly where this is (it was taken on the way, at any rate). I took a lot of photographs that day, but here are ten of the best: