Well, shame on me, I cannot believe I have lived on the doorstep of such natural beauty for nearly 2 years now without even knowing! For a great day out, follow the path at Ingleton Waterfalls Trail to see the English Countryside at its best and a taste of the stunning Yorkshire Dales!
The caves and the magnificent mountain scenery in Ingleton has been well known since the 18th, but was never really accessible to the public. However, we all know what a little publicity can do and after a series of articles in the local press people’s curiosity was rising. The first trail opened in 1885 and since then thousands of visitors are walking the trail every day.
A roundtrip of 8km the trail takes you from the edge of the little village and brings you out just a couple of hundred meters away from where you started. I was massively impressed by this place and it is a true treasure for nature lovers. A great place to rewind amongst waterfalls, forests and open landscapes in a million different shades of green.
The trail is open every day except on Christmas day, which I’m sure most people would be indifferent to as we all will be stuffing our faces. To enjoy this amazing place you have to pay a £6 fee, which is worth every penny!
If you are able, the best way to get to Ingleton is by car. It’s just at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales about 25 miles from Skipton and Kendal. If you are traveling without a car, then you can do as I did and get on the train to either Bentham or Ribblehead. Bentham is the closest train station and you will have to walk about an hour to get to Ingleton, but this walk won’t dishearten you; it lets you enjoy even more of the beautiful countryside. You can also get to Ingleton by bus.
Mark my words, you will be both hungry and thirsty after this fabulous walk so head to The Wheatsheaf Inn to enjoy a cold pint in the beer garden or go to the local ‘Chippy’, Inglenook, to feast on some yummy fish and chips. Of course there is always room for dessert so try the ice cream or a piece of homemade cake at one of the cute little cafes.
So after a great day in Ingleton it was time to head home, but for those lucky enough to be traveling another bed awaits you. Stay the night in Ingleton if you want. It is full of bed & breakfast deals to choose from, but before deciding to stay make sure you bring money. There are no cash machines here and many places won’t accept card payments (including the Ingleton Trail). Other than that, enjoy nature and tomorrow is yet another day to explore the unknown…