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Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Free Photos, Ingleton, North Yorkshire

The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a located in the village of Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales. The whole trail is about 8 kilometres (4.5 miles) long, with a vertical rise of 169 m (554 feet). It has some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the U.K. Although tiny in comparison to Verdon in France, it is equally as inspiring.

I arrived late in the afternoon of 11th May 2009, just before 5pm. I had planned to arrive around 2pm, but on the drive over - I ignored the sign posts and allowed my SatNav to get me lost. Which came with a couple of unexpected bonuses that included a rare cloud free view of Pen-y-ghent, or Penyghent.

The official waterfalls trail opened on Good Friday, 11 April 1885 following a number of articles published in local newspapers. This brought about a growth in public interest which led to the opening of the trail, which now includes paths and bridges. This was my first return to the trail in more than 25 years and one of the things that struck me, was I still recognised individual rocks. And my memory of the difficult terrain had not become exaggerated either. This combination of a walk come climb requires good quality footwear and is not accessible for wheelchair users. It's a genuine hike.

I didn't do the full circuit, having arrived quite late - I decided to make the best of the remaining available light by ending this particular visit at Thornton Force. Thornton Force is possibly the most famous of the waterfalls, due to its size and the large pool of water below, surrounded by a cove that frames a wonderful view.

But for me the twin falls 'Pecca Falls' which are below Thornton Force are a more impressive sight. The narrow gap causing a higher degree of pressure and as the water hits the pool blow, it causes a thunderous noise and vibration which can be heard and felt well before it comes into view.
As I arrived at Thornton Force, I didn't feel like I had just walked almost 2 miles up a very steep hill. I had been so focussed on the natural beauty of the magnificence around me, I had hardly noticed anything else. To my amazement, on the walk back down I was passed by a group of fell runners heading upwards.

I took several images of the Twin Pecca Falls, using different camera settings, in order to create individual, or what might be considered contrasting effects.

From Wikipedia

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a well-known trail located in the village of Ingleton in the English county of North Yorkshire, now maintained by the Ingleton Scenery Company. It is claimed that the trail, some 8 kilometres (4.5 miles) long, and with a vertical rise of 169 m (554 feet) has some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the north of England.

* 1 Beginnings
* 2 The Walk
* 3 Notes
* 4 External links

Beginnings

Following a number of articles in the Lancaster Guardian and other newspapers about the scenery in and around Ingleton, public interest led to the creation of the trail in an area which was previously hidden from view. Paths and bridges were built and the trail opened on Good Friday, 11 April 1885.

The Walk

Starting in the Broadwood car park the trail takes walkers along the banks of the River Twiss, through Swilla Glenn with its coin embedded tree and on to Pecca Falls, Pecca Twin Falls, Holly Bush Spout and Thornton Force. A footbridge bridge crosses the Twiss and leads on to Twistleton Lane, where in summer there is often an Ice Cream Van waiting to serve hot and thirsty tourists. Following Twistleton Lane down past Scar End Farm and Twistleton Hall the walk crosses Oddies Lane to Beezley's Farm.
The Coin Tree in Swilla Glenn

Past Beezley's the trail starts its decent along the banks of the River Doe. This river emerges near God's Bridge close to the settlement of Chapel-le-Dale and flows gently until it reaches the waterfalls walk at Beezley's Falls Triple Spout (with its three waterfalls side-by side). As the trail continues, you look down 18 metres (59 feet) onto Rival Falls and then onto Baxenghyl Gorge, Snow Falls and finally walk through Twistleton Glenn and back to Ingleton.

In Ingleton, the Twiss and the Doe meet to form the River Greta, which in turn flows into the River Lune.

English Nature designated the River Twiss and River Doe areas of the Waterfalls Trail as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the interesting plants and animals and the geological structures located there.

By: Natural England
Yorkshire dales

Rich in cultural associations ranging from Wuthering Heights to Emmerdale, the striking landscape of the Yorkshire Dales is a familiar one for many. Countless geography and geology students have had their first taste of fieldwork on the limestone slopes of Ingleborough.

Limestone is at the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, appearing dramatically as cliffs, gorges and pavements, and providing a landscape of pastoral valleys patterned with dry-stone walls, barns and stone-built villages. Waterfalls are numerous, and the streams sometimes vanish into the system of caves, channels and shafts that honeycomb the rock. On the fells, millstone grit often overlies the limestone, giving a bleaker, heather-covered aspect to the Park.

Sedbergh is well placed for exploring the remote western dales. Among many delightful villages elsewhere are Askrigg in Wensleydale and Linton in Wharfedale. Ingleton and Malham, which can be crowded in summer, are popular centres.

Prehistoric field systems and many Scandinavian place names give a sense of Dales history. Ruins such as Bolton Abbey in Wharfedale and Bolton Castle in Wensleydale show medieval prosperity, based largely on sheep farming. Lead mining, which reached a height in the 19th century, has also left its mark on the landscape.

Several walking routes, including the Dales Way, The Ribble Way and the Pennine Way, cross the Park, with easy walks around the waterfalls at Aysgarth and Ingleton. For the specialist, caving is plentiful, and there are three show caves open to the public.

Aysgarth Falls, a popular Dales attraction stood in for Sherwood Forest as the setting for the quarterstaff battle between John Little and Robin of Loxley in "Robin Hood - Prince of Thieves". Askrigg became the fictional Darrowby in the TV series "All creatures great and small".

Google Map: http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?q=LA6 3ET

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ingleton_Waterfalls_Trail

Natural England: http://www.naturalengland.org.uk/

 

 

 

 

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