Ingleborough may not be the highest of Yorkshire's celebrated Three Peaks, but in many ways it is the jewel in the crown of the entire Yorkshire Dales National Park. Its many attractions include vast swathes of limestone pavement, unusual flora and fauna, astonishing glacial erratic boulders, and some of the finest caves in the UK. These include the Gaping Gill system, home to an enormous main chamber where the surface stream plunges underground down a 98-metre waterfall. You could spend a lifetime on Ingleborough and not see every nook and cranny, but this walk takes in some of the highlights of its southern flanks.
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Distance: 10.81 miles (17.40 km)
Total ascent: 611m
Time: 5 – 7 hours (Walking)
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SummitsIngleborough 723 m
National Park car park in Clapham, SD745692
The first part of the walk, as far as Ingleborough Cave, is smooth and accessible. The path from there to the summit and down to the Allotment is clear and well-maintained, with rocky steps for the steepest parts. Grassy paths are used to descend from the Allotment towards Crummack Dale, then along the ridge to Norber. The boulder-strewn scars of Norber can be negotiated by tiny, grassy paths, before returning to Clapham along Thwaite Lane, which is a wide, gravel track. There are two tunnels to walk through on Thwaite Lane, and these are dark places at any time of day.
The stone steps near the top of Ingleborough should be treated carefully when icy, but really this is very much an all-weather route.
Weather and Hill Conditions: mwis: Lake District – Met Office: Yorkshire Dales
See the DalesBus Craven Connection timetable: https://www.dalesbus.org/cravenconnection.html
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Ingleton (015242 41049); Horton-in-Ribblesdale (01729 860333); Settle (01729 825192)
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