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The Yorkshire Dales at Night

Free Photos, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire

Evening shots of Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Ribblehead Viaduct.

The shot of Pen-y-ghent was taken about 4.30pm - mid May 2009. I was actually on my way to Ingleton Water Falls and had followed the instructions of the Sat Nav, ignoring the sign posts, which took me on a quite long diversion. But in getting semi lost, I was presented with this view of Pen-y-ghent. I have never seen Pen-y-ghent under such a clear blue sky before, and although blue sky without a cloud in sight is not the photographer's ideal, it still makes for a good photo opportunity.

There is another article on Ingleton Water Falls, which can be found by using the site search facility.

On the way back from my visit to the water falls I passed by Ingleborough, it was getting quite late now, the blue sky starting to fade, but apart from a single cloud, yet again a clear sky over these mountains, is something I have not seen before. I'm sure local people see it often enough, but for me this was a first.
As I passed around the side of the mountain I was greeted with the view of the barn and with the sheep in the field above, both highlighted by the setting sun.

Then on past Ribblehead Viaduct, with its high arches reflecting the last light of the day.

Ingleborough Wiki Notes:

Ingleborough is the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales. It is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, the other two being Whernside and Pen-y-ghent. Ingleborough is frequently climbed as part of the Three Peaks Challenge, which is a 24 mile (38 km) circular challenge walk starting and finishing in Horton in Ribblesdale. If done anti-clockwise Ingleborough is the last hill climbed, and ascent is from Chapel-le-Dale.

The second part of the name Ingleborough is derived from the Old English word burh, meaning "fort on the hill". On the top of Ingleborough the remains of an old walled enclosure has been discovered inside which foundations of Iron Age huts have been found.

Ingleborough is situated in the south-western corner of the Yorkshire Dales, being at the highest point of a large triangle of land with corners at Ingleton, Ribblehead and Settle. The hill is connected to its nearest higher neighbour, Whernside, by a low col at Ribblehead at approximately 296m.

Pen-y-ghent Wiki Notes:

Pen-y-ghent is a mountain 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 name "Pen-y-ghent" in the Cumbric language means Hill of the winds.

Ribblehead Viaduct Wiki Notes:

Ribblehead Viaduct is a railway viaduct across the valley of the River Ribble at Ribblehead, in North Yorkshire, northern England.

It is the longest and most famous viaduct on the Settle-Carlisle Railway, a railway line passing through some spectacular British scenery. Ribblehead railway station is located less than half a mile to the south of the viaduct.

Designed by the engineer John Sydney Crossley. The first stone was laid on 12 October 1870 and the last in 1874. It is 104 feet (32 m) high and spans 440 yards (402 m). It is made up of twenty-four arches. It is located at the foot of the mountain of Whernside.

The viaduct is curved, and so may be seen by passengers on the train. The train journey from Settle to Carlisle is short enough to allow the Yorkshire Dales holidaymaker to make a return day trip (steam-hauled, in the tourist season) including a few hours in the border town of Carlisle.

Two thousand Navvies building the viaduct established shanty towns on the moors, named the towns after victories of the Crimean War, sarcastically for posh districts of London, and Biblical names. There were smallpox epidemics and deaths from industrial accidents; meaning that the church graveyard at Chapel-le-Dale had to be extended.

The Settle & Carlisle line is one of three north-south main lines; along with the West Coast Main Line through Penrith and the East Coast Main Line via Newcastle. British Rail attempted to close the line in the 1980s, citing the reason that the viaduct was unsafe and would be expensive to repair. A partial solution was to single the line across the viaduct, preventing two trains from crossing simultaneously. The closure proposals generated tremendous protest and were eventually retracted. The viaduct, along with the rest of the line, was maintained and there are no longer any plans to close it.

The viaduct is Grade II* listed and a Scheduled Ancient Monument. Two taller viaducts are the Smardale viaduct near Crosby Garrett (131 ft high) and Arten Gill (117 ft high).

Wikipedia on the Three Peaks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yorkshire_three_peaks

Wikipedia on the Ribblehead Viaduct: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ribblehead_Viaduct

Ingleton Water Falls: http://www.pureyorkshire.co.uk/yorkshire/listings/l0065.php

 

 

 

 

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