Altitude 694m a.s.l
Pen-y-ghent in late afternoon light © chris_j_s
Pen-y-ghent is a fell in the Yorkshire Dales, England. It is the smallest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks at 2,277 feet (694m); the other two being Ingleborough and Whernside.
There has been a major rockfall at the crag and a significant lower proportion of the route 'Brass Monkey' HVS 5a has disintegrated. The routes either side have also been destabilised and the BMC advise caution if climbing on this remote and exposed crag.
Pen-y-ghent East is the big limestone crag facing south-east on the opposite flank of the mountain, first climbed by Pete Livesey in 1971 and then apparently ignored by the mainstream until a major clean up was started by Mark Radtke and friends in 2019. There are now four bolted lines but the cliff still has a big mountain feel to it and despite the bolts it is still a serious place with plenty of potential for rockfall. Helmets are strongly advised. The crag is in the sun until early afternoon..
Approach from Horton in Ribblesdale via Bracken Bottom or Dale Head, along the Pennine way.
For Pen-y-ghent East follow the Penine Way track from Dale Head to the start of the steep climb up to the summit of the mountain then contour rightwards on a vague sheep track for about 1 mile. The approach takes around 45 minutes.