At 723m (2,372ft), Ingleborough is the second highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks but is probably most people's favourite with the interesting route up from Clapham providing a great scene-setter for the fine views from the top. On a clear day you can easily see Morecambe Bay off to the west. Ingleborough's instantly recognisable stepped profile is due to the alternating layers of limestone, sandstone and shale which form the bulk of the mountain beneath its gritstone cap.

Ingleborough is also interesting for its archaeology. Many visitors have no idea that the rocks laid out on the top were part of an Iron Age or even earlier ritual site. Aerial photography shows that the mountain top once had a stone wall around it and there are also the remains of circular stone structures. These have been identified as Iron Age huts, part of a defensive hillfort belonging to the Brigantes, a northern tribe who fought the Roman invaders in the second century AD. Recent research now suggests that the circular structures may in fact be burial cairns, now almost eroded away. The height of the mountain apparently reaching up to the sky may well have been significant for these early people.





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Ingleborough from Clapham

"The climb of Ingleborough from Clapham is the most interesting (but not the quickest) route.
The ascent is full of interest and the descent has fine views over the Forest of Bowland and beyond."

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Ingleborough from Ribblehead

"The climb of Ingleborough from Ribblehead starts with a steep climb of Park Fell.
From here the going is good and can take in Simon Fell before heading for the summit plateau of Ingleborough."

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Ingleborough from Ingleton

"It is a straightforward climb to head for Ingleborough from Ingleton. There are no demons.
However, rather than return the same way drop down the northern flank and return via the limestone scars."

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