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Pen-y-ghent, Horton-in-Ribblesdale
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Pen-y-ghent or Penyghent 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 3km east of Horton in Ribblesdale. The Pennine Way links the summit to the village; the route is around 5km 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 those attempting the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, as the walk is usually (but not exclusively) done in an anti-clockwise direction starting and 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, exactly as in today's Welsh, Pen meant 'top' or 'head', and y is most likely the definite article (the), exactly as in Modern Welsh y. These elements are common in placenames throughout the island, and especially in Wales (compare Penyberth 'end of the hedge/copse', or Penyffordd 'head of the road/way', etc.). The element ghent is more obscure, however: it could be taken to be 'edge' or 'border'. The name Pen-y-ghent could therefore mean 'Hill on the border'. Alternatively, ghent could mean 'wind' or 'winds' – from the closest Welsh transliteration, gwynt ('wind'). Thus it might mean simply 'Head of the Winds'. It is also possible that ghent may have been a tribal name and that the hill may have once been an important tribal centre. It is also acceptable to write the name as Pen y Ghent rather than Pen-y-ghent.
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  • Not the best weather and very very windy at the top but well worth the climb. We defended the opposite way back towards Horton. Next year we shall visit when we have a chance to do the 3 Yorks Peaks 
  • We parked up by the side of the road at Dale Head (on Silverdale Road) and started our ascent of Pen-y-Ghent from there. There's lots of room for parking off the road and it's obvious where to park up...  more »
  • This was the 3rd of the 3 Peaks that we climbed while spending a week in this area. The usual route of ascent starts from Horton in Ribblesdale by the village church and Golden Lion Hotel. Wainwright ...  more »