walking | Ingleton Falls Trail
What and where is Ingleton Falls?
This walk covers the (paid for) Ingleton waterfalls trail and takes in some of the most stunning waterfalls in the Yorkshire Dales. The land the walk takes place on is private and it does cost to enter and walk around, with the walk maintained by the Ingleton Scenery Company.
For those interested in geology, Ingleton Falls sits on the Craven Fault System, a series of major crustal fractures that run across the Yorkshire Dales and Pennines. The falls sit on the edges of two of these faults, exposing a number of interesting faces and creating the landscape the falls sit within,.
The route is exceptionally well signposted and in fact in some areas the only way is quite literally along the trail.
Remember to stick to The Rules and have fun!
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ViewRanger is free and much like OS Maps doesn't require any data to work. All you need is a GPS signal, especially if you have downloaded your maps beforehand. It also has OS Maps available as a layer inside the app.
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Starting from the car park, head away from the entrance with the gate to your backs towards the back corner of the car park. The trail starts here. You will end up following this for some time before you will need to refer to this guide at all as the only way is forward. The map you should have been given on entrance is pretty good too.
Once you've climbed to the top of the falls you'll come across a small green porta-cabin/shipping container. If it's open, do grab refreshments if you need any but the main cafe is further along.
Head down the trail towards the biggest and most impressive set of falls, 'Thornton Force'. The water here is reasonably shallow and the braver souls can climb behind the waterfall for some good photo opportunities.
When you're done splashing around head up on top of the falls and follow the trail around the back. You'll be led down to a small bridge you need to head across and then walk up towards the right to be brought onto a small road. This leads to the falls cafe.
Once you're done with the cafe (or skipping through it) head towards the back left and down towards Beezley Falls. It's well signposted. From here, the only way is down and back towards Thornton.
Once you hit the village the route back to the car park is also well signposted and it is nearly impossible to get lost!
Key things to know:
Time: About 2-3 hours
Distance: 4.05 miles
Elevation: 668 feet
Nearby pubs: Plenty in Thornton
How to get here:
Postcode: LA6 3ET