Exploring Ingleton Waterfalls and More

8 August 2022

The Yorkshire countryside is a beautiful escape from the busy and stressful life of inner-city living. It offers a space for relaxation, tranquillity and peace. One of the more beautiful attractions of the Yorkshire countryside is its many picturesque villages, one of which is Ingleton.

If you are looking for a rambling-themed break with relaxing hot tub cottages in the Yorkshire Dales, our holiday homes can offer just that. Located an easy 10 minutes drive or a leisurely 2-hour walk away from Kirkby Lonsdale, Ingleton could offer a quaint visit for the afternoon or even a day exploring the waterfalls and more.

Ingleton Waterfalls

The stunning waterfalls in Ingleton have been a tourist fascination and sought-after experience since it was first made accessible to the public in 1885. The first trail was opened and cost just a 2d entrance fee, enticing visitors from all over the country, including Bradford, Leeds and Manchester.

Ingleton Waterfalls is an ideal day out for all ages and walking abilities, with the opportunity to explore geological features, including Thornton Force which cascades over 14 meters of limestone. The trail is still maintained and accessible to this day, open seven days a week. It opens at 9 am, and closing times vary throughout the year.

The trail is a modest 4.3 miles long and is packed full of nature's most attractive features, such as the ancient base rocks that form the Peak District. On the walk, you may even be able to enjoy the beauty of some rare plants, birds and trees as part of this rich and unique environment. Being so exceptional as an environment, Natural England deemed it special enough to declare as a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

There is no need to pre-book, and you can pay as you arrive, but car parking is limited to a first-come, first-serve basis, so it is advisable to arrive early to avoid disappointment. Alternatively, if you are staying at our cottage, The Old Stables, you could amble across in your own time and take in the beautiful countryside along the way.

A Peak at Ingleton Rambling

Whilst exploring the waterfalls, there are plenty of other walks to enjoy whilst visiting Ingleton. The trail from Ingleton to Ingleborough is rewarding and pleasurable. With much of the walk being restored by the National Parks Authority, it is a reasonably comfortable stroll. This peak is the second-highest of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, with the summit standing 723m above sea level. An ideal day out with your four-legged friends if you stay in our dog-friendly cottages close to the Lake District.

The Old Post Office Bar – This modest microbar offers a selection of local ales, craft beer, wine and spirits, along with an assortment of snacks.

Masons Freehouse – Offering traditional pub dining, this cosy establishment provides an excellent range of beers, food and outstanding service.

The Old Hill Inn – If you choose to cover the Three Peaks from this bar, you might as well stop off for some divine homemade food by the roaring fire.

Bernies of Ingleton – This café is a local treasure and is highly rated for its generous breakfasts and welcoming staff.

Country Harvest – A one-stop-shop where you can indulge in a bit of light lunch and a browse around the gifts and clothing.

Caving, Abseiling and Much More

Ingleton offers a vast array of activities to keep the blood pumping if you are looking for more thrill-seeking pursuits than a leisurely walk. White Scar Caves and Ingleborough Cave are two impressive tours to partake in if you are inclined to explore deeper into nature. There is also Gaping Gill, one of the best-known potholes in Britain. The water falls a distance of 110m from the surface before reaching the floor of the largest cave chamber in the country. In addition, there are many local caving clubs that will help win you into the cave to explore.

In addition to lowering you into the caves, the local facilities offer an array of mountain-related activities, including climbing, caving and abseiling for those looking for a break filled with excitement.

Travel the Rails

Suppose you are an avid trainspotter, railway enthusiast, or even an admirer of the local scenery. In that case, the train line from Settle to Carlisle offers a beautiful excursion through the Yorkshire Dales with stunning views like no other. The journey covers several landmarks, and information can be found from Settle Station prior to boarding.

Whatever activities you choose on your break, make sure you have a beautiful location to use as a relaxing base. Our luxury holiday cottages in the Lake District and on the cusp of the Yorkshire Dales offer the perfect retreat for families, couples or rambling friends. Check the availability of our cottages online or call us directly for more information.

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