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“What a view”
Review of Ingleborough

Ranked #2 of 24 things to do in Settle
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Reviewed 12 January 2012

Easier to get up than get down! However on my Pennine Way walk it was one of many highlights of walking from Edale to Kirk Yetholm, Scotland.

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Reviewed 28 March 2010

We climbed Ingleborough from Ingleton, up the south west side of the hill. To take this route, walk out of Ingleton on the road to Hawes. Be careful on the short stretch of road that has no pavement as there are likely to be quarry lorries coming past. Once you get past this, you will see a sign on the right indicating a bridleway to Ingleborough. From this point the path is fairly easy to see, but of course you should always have a good map with you (I used OS Explorer OL2). The climb is muddy in places, and good footwear is a must. The final 150m or so of elevation become quite steep, but there are steps cut into the rock which make the climb much easier.

The summit of Ingleborough is quite strange in that it is broad and flat. It is easy to see why this location was so attractive to the Bronze Age people who built a fort here - you can still see evidence of this in the ditches and embankments around the edge of the summit and there are also some hut circles to be found. The summit is also worth reaching for its marvellous views: south over the Forest of Bowland; west back toward Ingleton and, on a clear day, on to the sea at Morecambe Bay. To the north is the peak of Whernside and the spectacular view down to the Ribblehead Viaduct, and to the east is Ribblesdale and the peak of Pen-y-Ghent.

On the way down we took the southerly route via Little Ingleborough. The climb from here to Gaping Gill, where Fell Beck disappears into the ground in an underground waterfall supposedly taller than York Minster, is an easy walk over laid steps and stones. Onward to Trow Gill is a little more difficult (and much more fun). Trow Gill itself is a gorge carved by glaciers during the alst Ice Age and requires a scramble down rocks to reach the bottom. From here the walk is flat farm track to the Ingleborough show cave (where the stream that entered Gaping Gill reappears) and which is open to the public, and on into the village of Clapham via the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail, a lovely walk through woods and past a lake. This is a maintained path and costs 60p to enter - other routes using rights of way to bypass this are available but it's worth the small fee.

Finally the lovely village of Clapham itself with its ancient bridges, cafe, shop, and a well deserved pint at the New Inn. The 581 bus (Settle - Kirkby Lonsdale) will take you back to Ingleton.

The route described is about 7 miles and took us about 4 hours at a good pace. Other routes up Ingleborough can be tackled: from the north, starting at Chapel-le-Dale, or from the east, starting either at Austwick (on the 581 bus route) or at Horton-in-Ribblesdale (on the Settle-Carlisle railway line).

7  Thank theholyllama
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Reviewed 15 December 2008

Ingleborough nature trail leads up to INgleborough show cave. There is ample parking (fee payable) in Clapham and the trail and cave are well signed. The trail has just had a new entrance made and there is a nominal fee. The trail is about 1 mile on well laid paths, passing a man made lake, a victorian folly and culminates at the show cave. The admission fees are roughly £6 per adult £4 child and tours are every half hour in peak times, hourly otherwise. The tour lasts about 50 mins and all the guides are very well qualified and give informative talks. There are toilet facilities ( for cave customers) and refreshments available. For the stout hearted you can go the extra 1 1/2 mile up the track to Gaping Gill, the second largest cave shaft in Britain - keep well away from the edge!!! Do not go in bad weather or without proper map, compass etc if you are new to the area.

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