Altitude 385m a.s.l
Hull Pot in dry weather © Obi Wan
Hull Pot offers a very different climbing experience to the usual Yorkshire honey pots. It is esoteric and quirky but the climbing is really good with the modern sport routes on the south facing wall featuring perfect solid rock and very technical plumb vertical climbing. The trad routes, particularly in the Niagra area, follow strong features on good water worn rock.
The south facing main wall is a real sun trap and a breeze and a bit of cloud cover may be required for the harder test pieces.
At the western end of the pot is a deeper area - 'The Pit' with some steeper, longer and atmospheric challenges rising from the depths!
The north facing wall contains some fine, if a little grubby, trad routes up strong features and crack lines. These don't really get done.
A clipstick is recommended as some of the first bolts are high, and the routes are prone to being a little dusty.
Park in Horton in Ribblesdale, the best place being the little lane on the left just before you cross the bridge into the village.(100m before the Golden Lion) Cross the road and follow the road on the left of the stream for 100m and bear left through a farmyard following signs for Pen-y-ghent. After another 300m turn right onto Pennine Way and follow this bridleway for 1 1/2 miles to a gate onto the open moor and a 4 way fingerpost. Go straight on towards Foxup for 300m and don't fall down the hole! Alternative parking in the YDNP car park in the village center, turn right out of the carpark and then left on the Pennine Way and the main track up Pen-y-ghent. Be carefull not to take the Pennine Way in the wrong direction passing behind The Crown at the north end of the village. Walking times (about 45mins) can be cut considerably by mountain biking in, this is highly recommended - split the gear and only take a 30m rope.
On arriving an easy chimney descent can be made at the eastern end or you can abseil from above the dry waterfall on the northern side.
|There is a scramble way out so doubt you'd ever need prussik gear|
Paul Clarke - 20/Sep/14