Dales Top Ten

14th - 17th April 2021

Dales Top
Ten

Backpacking round the ten highest hills in the Yorkshire Dales
14th - 17th April 2021

Three-and-a-bit days ... 80 miles ... 16,000 feet ascent

As soon as COVID restrictions eased sufficiently to render wild-camping no more illegal than it usually is, I decided to back-pack round the ten highest hills in the Yorkshire Dales. Departing from Ingleton at 6pm, I slept out on the hillsides in my bivvy-bag for three nights, with the final night being on the summmit of Whernside - the highest possible campsite in Yorkshire.

Route Overview

Dales Top Ten route

The hills (in order of ascent)

  • Ingleborough (2372 feet)
  • Pen-y-ghent (2277 feet)
  • Great Whernside (2310 feet)
  • Buckden Pike (2303 feet)
  • Great Shunner Fell (2349 feet)
  • High Seat (2326 feet)
  • Swarth Fell (2235 feet)
  • Whernside (2415 feet)
  • Great Coum (2250 feet)
  • Crag Hill (2238 feet)

Photographs

Keith sees me off from Ingleborough
Keith sees me off from Ingleborough
Sunset from Ingleborough
Sunset from Ingleborough
Pied wagtail
Pied wagtail
Pen-y-ghent
Pen-y-ghent
Grey Wagtail + Yellow filter = ?
Grey wagtail + Yellow filter = ?
Cooking breakfast on Whernside
Cooking breakfast on Whernside
Sunrise from Whernside
Sunrise from Whernside