Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales
The Local Area
Ingleton is a small village in North Yorkshire at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales. It’s very popular with walkers and cyclists, climbers, and cavers. It is situated mid-way between Kendal and Skipton and has easy access to the A65, the main road linking Leeds with the Lake District. Ingleton is the perfect location to explore both the Dales and the Lakes.
The village lies at the foot of Ingleborough, the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales. Ingleborough is part of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge, a walk that involves scaling Pen-y- Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough in less than 12 hours. At 24 miles and with 5200ft of ascent it’s not for the faint hearted but well worth the effort.
Ingleborough itself is straightforward and not too difficult a walk for the average fit person. Once on the summit you are rewarded by stunning 360 degree views open up:
North – The eastern Lakes and the Howgill Fells
East – Pen-y-Ghent and the Yorkshire Dales
West – the Irish Sea and Morecambe Bay
South – the Forest of Bowland and Pendle Hill
The Waterfalls Trail
Two rivers meet under the viaduct in the middle of Ingleton – the river Twiss flows from Kingsdale and the river Doe flows from Chapel-le-Dale.
The Waterfalls Trail is a five mile circular trail that starts from the village. It sets off along the banks of the Twiss and finishes by descending Doe as it returns to Ingleton. It passes through woodland, gorges and a series of waterfalls. Thornton Force, at the top of the river Twiss, is one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls. For the sure footed, it’s fairly easy to scramble behind, a really magical experience.