Stage 6: Malham to Horton in Ribblesdale — Pennine Way
Hiking Highlight (Segment)
komoot planned a hike.
May 23, 2019
Day six is a real highlight and showcases limestone country at its finest. So good, in fact, Wainwright described this as “the best walking territory so far encountered along the Pennine way”.
Whilst the joys are abundant, this stage is rather challenging—it is solid uphill for the first eight miles (13 kilometers)—but the rewards are worth it.
Less than a mile into the route you begin ascending Malham Cove Steps. The 400 irregular stone steps take you to the top of Malham Cove, where you can enjoy spellbinding views.
You continue the past Malham Tarn and spectacular limestone scenery, before you tackle Pen-y-Ghent.
At 2,277 feet (694 meters), Pen-y-Ghent boasts incredible views of the golden landscape. With decent paths and a few scrambles to boot, it is a highly enjoyable hike.
As you descend, you pass an interesting hole in the landscape, the Hull Pot, which is a great spot to stop.
Wainwright loved the descent to Horton in Ribblesdale and, whilst it can be hard-going, most will surely agree.
There is not much at Horton, but you will find a few accommodation options and places to eat.
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