Take to the romantic wild Brontë moors, home to Cathy and Heathcliff, on this walk starting in the hilltop village of Haworth in West Yorkshire .
From: Allt-na-Ruigh (Allt-na-Reigh), Glencoe Peaks: Stob Coire nan Lochan; Bidean nam Bian; Stob Coire Sgreamhach Munro tally: two, plus one munro top Distance: 11km (6.8 miles) Ascent: 1,250m (4,100ft) Navigation: fairly easy in good visibility, challenging in mist Strenuousness: a real test of legs and lungs with stiff, sustained ascents of big hills Trickiness: some scrambling, at the easy end of the scale; very little exposure Time: allow about 7 hours Glencoe rightly tops the list of many outdoors aficionados, with its towering mountains enclosing a spectacular 16km (10-mile) road stretching from King's House in the East where the glen starts to drop down from Rannoch Moor, to Glencoe village in the West, with Loch Leven opening out a watery vista.
From Kirkland, Cumbria Distance: 19.2km (12 miles) Ascent: 890m (2,920ft) Navigation: mostly easy, but some sections confusing in mist Strenuousness: a long walk with plenty of ascent, though most is at a steady gradient Trickiness: nothing technical, no scrambling Time: allow about 7 hours The Cross Fell massif is a place of superlatives.
From Horton in Ribblesdale via Hull Pot, Plover Hill Distance: 9.5km (6 miles) Ascent: 510m (1,673ft) Navigation: careful navigation needed in poor visibility Strenuousness: fairly hard, gentle at first, but tough ascent to Plover Hill and final sting in the tail to Pen-y-ghent summit.
Ingleborough, one of Yorkshire’s Three Peaks, cuts a distinctive shape when viewed from the North and West, its table-top plateau ending abruptly in a series of steep escarpments.
From Ingleton (Storrs Common) Distance: 4.5km (2¾ miles) Ascent: 540m (1,772ft) Navigation: easy Strenuousness: gentle ascent until final, steeper 500m Trickiness: straightforward, apart from a couple of easy steps across limestone near Greenwood Pot Limited parking is available in laybys at the side of the main B6255 Ribblehead road at Storrs, including a few in a small disused quarry beyond the last house on the left.
From Newby Cote Distance: 4.7km (3 miles) Ascent: 500m (1,640ft) Navigation: tricky in parts; good navigation skills required Strenuousness: mostly gentle ascent but some tussock yomping required Trickiness: no technical problems, mainly moorland The hamlet of Newby Cote, on the old road between Clapham and Ingleborough, has very limited parking at the junction of the lane to Newby.
From Horton in Ribblesdale Distance: 7.5km (4⅔ miles) Ascent: 490m (1,608ft) Navigation: easy navigation, a little confusing on lowest limestone paths in bad visibility Strenuousness: gentle ascent until last 400m Trickiness: no technical problems; limestone can be slippery through Sulber Nick when wet The route up Ingleborough starts from the railway station.
For a man who spent half his life walking the fells, Alfred Wainwright comes across in his writings as an unconfident navigator.
From Foxup, returning via Pen-y-ghent Gill Distance: 16.5km (10¼ miles) Ascent: 510m (1,673ft) Navigation: moderate; some navigation skills required in poor visibility Strenuousness: moderate, reasonable fitness and stamina required on longish route with sustained ascent Trickiness: some easy scrambling over rocky sections, nothing too exposed Time: allow five to six hours for full circular trip Marilyn tally: one; Hewitt tally: two; Nuttall tally: two The walk up the least lofty of the Yorkshire Three Peaks starts from the remote hamlet of Foxup, the end of the metalled road up Littondale, named after its main village rather than the river, the Skirfare, which flows down it.
From Barley, Lancashire Distance: 8km (5 miles) Ascent: 340m (1,115ft) Navigation: easy, but care needed on summit plateau if visibility poor Strenuousness: a short walk with a stiff slog up the path up to the summit Trickiness: nothing technical, no scrambling Time: allow about 3 hours Pendle Hill misses out on the Ordnance Survey benchmark for mountains by 173ft (53m) but makes up for it by its tautological name, packed history and fantastic views.
From Horton in Ribblesdale via Pennine Way Distance: 5.3km (3¼ miles) Ascent: 450m (1,476ft) Navigation: easy, good tracks and footpaths all the way Strenuousness: a long, gentle slog Trickiness: nothing technical, no scrambling Time: allow 2¾ hours (ascent only) Pay-and-display parking is available in Horton's national park car park with good toilets near the bridge by the Crown Inn (still marked on OS maps as the New Inn), but there are also places to park either on the streets or the large layby at the southern end of the village.
Distance: 17.2km (10⅔ miles) Ascent: 475m (1,558ft) Navigation: good navigation skills required – summit plateau can be very confusing.
From Austwick Distance: 8.6km (5⅔ miles) Ascent: 590m (1,936ft) Navigation: good navigation skills required, especially in poor visibility – some off-path walking Strenuousness: steep ascents on to Norber and final section of path on to Ingleborough summit Trickiness: no exposure, but rocky sections The route starts in the village of Austwick, a haven of peace just a stone’s throw from the busy A65.
Distance: 3.9km 2½ miles Ascent: 420m Navigation: fairly easy Strenuousness: a fair slog Trickiness: care needed above Humphrey Bottom on steep section There is car parking on the roadside layby on the B6255 Low Sleights Road, a couple of hundred metres north-east of the Old Hill Inn.
From Clapham Distance: 7.1km (4½ miles) Ascent: 580m (1,903ft) Navigation: easy navigation if Clapdale nature trail used; some easy route-finding needed on alternatives Strenuousness: gentle ascent until final kilometre Trickiness: no technical problems, just don’t fall down Gaping Gill Parking is available in the pay-and-display car park in Clapham, where there are also toilets.
England’s biggest county can claim a few records, but when it comes to the heights of its hills, Yorkshire’s record books can be a little confusing.
This walk is a chance to bag two munros in one outing. The giant twin peaks of Crianlarich, Ben More and Stob Binnein, are a great destination which, ...