Ingleton is based on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park roughly 16 miles from Hawes, and is an ideal location for those looking for an action packed holiday. Ingleton has a stunning view of the regions limestone scenery with the backdrop and skyline dominated by Ingleborough, one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks.
Caving in Ingleton
Ingleton is home to some of the UKs most challenging potholes due to the limestone rock that dominates the area. Gaping Gill is located on Inglebrough and is one of the UK’s most famous potholes with an impressive 110 metre deep shaft. Gaping Gill attracts many avid cavers eager to explore the system of deep potholes. There are also other underground labyrinths that are very popular such as the Kingsdale Master System in kingsdale and the Easegill Caverns in Leck Fell.
Please be careful around the potholes, the decent and explorations of these underground systems should only be attempted by experienced cavers. However, if an expert you are not, but you are still intrigued by the magical world of caves, then there is opportunity for you explore underground at the nearby White Scar Cave. White Scar Cave is one of Britain’s longest show caves, the cave is illuminated throughout the tour and you will be accompanied by a guide for the full duration of your visit.
Ingleton is famous for its wonderful waterfall trail which is approximately 4.5 miles if you choose to complete the full circular walk (which we recommend if you are able). On the trail you will wonder through one of the North’s prettiest oak woodland to reach a number of gorgeous waterfalls including Thornton Force.
Walking the Yorkshire Three Peaks
The famous Yorkshire Three Peaks is 26 mile circular walk/challenge, that like the name suggests takes you up three of the local peaks that are part of the Peninne range near to the River Ribble; Pen-y-gent (691 metres), Whernside (728 metres) and Ingleborough (723 metres).
Most people start the walk in nearby Horton tackling the peaks in the order listed above. We would highly recommend starting this early doors for a couple of reasons. Firstly the walk is very popular, so the earlier you start, the less busy the route will be leaving you to enjoy the scenery that bit more. Secondly it is a long 26 miles walk and the average time taken is around 10 hours, so if you want to squeeze in a celebratory pint in the convenient pub at the end of the trek, you need to allow plenty of time!
Remember to always play safe, mountains are very dangerous places. Before you set off please sign in at the Pen-y-Ghent Café and remember to sign out when you arrive back so that we know you are not stuck up the mountain.