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The steep section of this route from Humphrey Bottom to the foot of the Swine Tail, which was closed for repairs at the end of July, has now reopened. The steps are much improved but it is still just as steep.

Ingleborough is probably the most famous hill in the Dales and deservedly popular. It's distinctive outline can be seen for many miles, particularly as you approach along the A65. The long ridge with Ingleborough on the right, then Simon Fell and Park Fell forms the skyline across the valley from Broadrake.

Ingleborough in winter conditions

The ascent from Broadrake is straightforward in clear weather though there is a steep section from Humphrey Bottom to gain the ridge. In mist most of the route is obvious but the summit plateau can be confusing and navigational skills are needed. The obvious ascent from Broadrake follows the route of the 3 Peaks Challenge more or less all the way and can be very busy on summer weekends in particular.

From Broadrake follow the access track and lane back through Philpin Farm to the B6255 and turn left along the road for a short distance. Just past the Hill Inn a gated stile in the wall leads onto the fellside. Go up here a hundred yards or so and turn right through a gate and across the field to reach Southerscales Nature Reserve.

Looking down Swine Tail from close to Ingleborough summit plateau

Continue along the obvious track through the reserve as it climbs gradually then winds up through the limestone outcrops and past the enormous depression of Braithwaite Wife Hole to go through a gate to the moor beyond. Climb the stone flagged and duckboarded path in front of you to reach Humphrey Bottom. From here there is a very steep section climbing up to gain the ridge. Cross a stream and go through the kissing gate before a final pull up to reach the summit plateau. The summit itself is at the far side of this plateau, with a stone shelter, cairns and trig point. Go just beyond the shelter for views down to Ingleton and across to Morecambe Bay.

Return to Broadrake by the same route.

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