About 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, and 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.
Ingleborough and White Scar Caves…
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
White Scar Caves
White Scar Caves, a system of limestone tunnels and caverns sits beneath Ingleborough and are only a 5 minute drive from the village. The cave system is one of the longest cave systems in Britain, with underground streams and waterfalls. There are fascinating geological formations, like the Witch’s Fingers, Devil’s Tongue, Arum Lily and the almost lifelike Judge’s Head. It takes about an hour and a quarter to tour the caves.
The Waterfalls Trail
Two rivers meet at the bottom of the Doe Foot Cottage garden – the river Twiss flows from Kingsdale and the river Doe flows from Chapel-le-Dale. They form the river Greta.
The Waterfalls Trail is a five mile circular trail that sets out a few hundred yards from the cottage. It sets off along the banks of the Twiss and finished 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.