Pen-y-Ghent

Paul McGuire

Scarborough, United Kingdom

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I took this shot the night before I climbed this peak in the Yorkshire dales.

Pen-y-ghent is a fell in the Yorkshire Dales. It is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, the other two being Ingleborough and Whernside. It lies some 3 km east of Horton in Ribblesdale. The Pennine Way links the summit to the village; the route is around 5 km in length as the Way curves initially to the north before turning east to reach the summit.
The more direct route that traverses the southern ‘nose’ of the hill is the route usually taken by the those attempting The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, as the walk is usually (but not exclusively) done in an anti-clockwise direction starting/finishing in Horton in Ribblesdale. The other main hillwalking route on the hill heads north from the summit to reach Plover hill before descending to join the bridleway that is Foxup Road.
In the Cumbric language ‘Pen’ presumably meant hill or head, but ‘ghent’ is more obscure. It could be taken to be edge or border.1 The name “Pen-y-ghent” could therefore mean Hill on the border.2 Alternatively, it could be mean ‘wind’ or ‘winds’ – from the closest Welsh language translation as ‘gwynt’. Thus it might mean simply ‘Head of the Winds’. It is also acceptable to write it as Pen y Ghent rather than Pen-y-Ghent (wikipedia)

Canon 400D
18-55 lens at 18mm.
Aperture f/14
Shutter – 1/50
ISO 200

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