You don't have to be a train buff to stay at the Station Inn and take the opportunity to see close up the magnificent feat of Victorian engineering that is Ribblehead Viaduct, but if you are walking the Dales Way there are certainly two disadvantages, at least, of a decision to stay here - the first being the extra mile to get here from the path, and the second being the need to walk the same mile back to the path the next morning. For the non-purists, however, there is the potential option of cutting off the corner climb over a boggy moor and the road walk to Dent by catching the 10.07 train from Ribblehead (directly opposite the pub) to Dent Station (not Dent!!) and rejoining the path alongside the River Dee at Lea Yeat.
The Station Inn itself is not the most sophisticated hostelry, the staff not overly customer friendly, the decor certainly more shabby than chic, and is best generously described as a walkers' and bikers' pub with a boisterous atmosphere, particularly around the pool table. Having said all that, my comfortable en suite room offered a queen size double and shower, and my bacon and brie ciabatta was very tasty.
On balance and being a train buff, I would recommend staying here. The Station Inn provides a lively, even convivial atmosphere that is a good antidote to lone walking, and the viaduct itself presents an early, welcoming target that comes into view as soon as you attain the Pennine Way ridge from Cam Houses.
In addition to the small number of rooms in the inn itself, there is also a bunk barn next to the pub, but in whichever accommodation you stay, if you are sleeping in the front rooms you are likely to be disturbed fairly regularly throughout the night by the noise of vehicles going over the cattle grid on the busy road directly outside your window.
- Also Known As:
- The Station Hotel Ingleton
- The Station Inn Ingleton, Yorkshire