This popular tourist village is celebrated for three things – Ingleton Falls, White Scar Cave (website opens in new windows) and Ingleborough.
The little rivers Twiss and Doe, which together form the Greta below Ingleton, force their way through narrow, rocky gorges which have been eroded through an amazing variety of rock, from Carboniferous limestone, sandstones and shale to Silurian, and even Precambrian slates.
At the end of the 19th century, some years after the long-closed Clapham-Ingleton-Tebay railway reached Ingleton (its disused viaduct over the two rivers still dominates the village), local entrepreneurs literally built a series of walkways through the gorges to allow visitors to enjoy the spectacular series of falls, an attraction which is still enjoyed by thousands of visitors today.
White Scar Cave (website opens in new windows) just north of Ingleton on the Hawes Road are particularly spectacular. They open daily, offering a remarkable insight into the rich subterranean world of the Dales, with extraordinary stalagmite and stalactite formation.
The ascent of Ingleborough from Ingleton via Crina Bottom Farm is perhaps the most popular route up this hill. It’s a steady climb up a long straight track, with only the last few hundred metres being really steep.
An even more impressive mountain walk from Ingleton is Whernside, which can best be accessed from the linking track from the waterfalls and from Kingsdale, following the line of the ridge to the summit. This is superb ridge walking with breathtaking views over to Ingleborough in the east and Gregareth in the west, and a choice of return routes, either to Ribblehead or Dent Stations both on the Leeds-Settle-Carlisle line.
The village has a first class choice of facilities for visitors in terms of walkers’ cafés, outdoor and souvenir shops, inns and an indoor climbing wall. There are regular weekday bus services to and from Lancaster, Kirkby Lonsdale and Kendal, and a more limited but conveniently timed service from Settle. Sadly Ingleton currently has no public transport on Sundays.
Public Transport Links:
Bus times can be checked at the Transport Direct website (link opens in new window).
Local services: Pubs, cafes, shops, toilets, accommodation, Youth Hostel, TIC