The Ingleton Waterfall Walk

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Submitted by Timwoods on 27 September 2008
OS Explorer Map: OL2 - Yorkshire Dales: S & W areas
 
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A circular, half-day riverside walk in national park Yorkshire Dales (England) starting at Ingleton, West Yorkshire, about 6km (roughly 4 miles) long and suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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The is a Yorkshire Dales classic - a family-friendly walk that visits 10 waterfalls, each hidden in the gently rolling countryside around Ingleton. The only downside is that there is a charge for the walk - pretty cheeky I think, but worth it if you are feeling flush. Ingleton can easily be reached by bus, including the Dalesbus (www.dalesbus.org). There are good services from Lancaster and Settle, plus less regular services from most of the major towns around these parts.
Start: Ingleton, OS Grid: SD695734
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 184m (604ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 365m (1197ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 181m (593ft)
Max. Elevation: 280m (918ft)

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OS Grid: SD695734
Ingleton is a great little village - look out for the Ye Olde Village Sweet Shop, with its old-fashioned jars of classic treats. Or head to Bernie's Cafe if you need some hot grub. The waterfalls walk is well signposted throughout the village.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SD694739
The path follows the River Twiss to start with, quickly taking you to the first waterfall, Swilla Glen. The route passes through woodland on this section, with a good diversity of wild flowers.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SD695749
There are two separate waterfalls in quick succession here - First Pecca Falls and Pecca Twin Falls. As the route rises out of the valley, the woodland gives way to heathland.
OS Grid: SD694752
The path gets steeper as it leads up to Hollybush Spout, but there is a cafe here if you need sustenance. Carry on to Thornton Force, the largest waterfall on the route.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SD700752
The footpath leaves the Twiss and crosses the farmland at the foot of Twisleton Scar End, the craggy southern tip of Whernside - one of the Yorkshire Dales' Three Peaks.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SD705747
The route becomes a riverside walk once more, but this time it's the River Doe. The first waterfall on this section is Beezley Falls, with three separate falls running side by side.
OS Grid: SD704744
Next are Rival Falls, where the path looks down on the water from a great height. Carry on through Baxenghyll Gorge, where there is a bridge that spans the river - great for a photo of the water crashing through the gorge!
OS Grid: SD702742
The last waterfall of the day is Snow Falls, which flows out of the end of the gorge. Carry on along the riverside path into Ingleton. Look out for the old quarries just off the path.
About 1 km (roughly 1 miles) from 8 OS Grid: SD695732
Back into Ingleton for some more sweets or a drink, and the bus home.
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mac.hawk  commented on 01 May 2011
The Walk
I'd have thought this is eminently suitable for families with children about 8+. The walk is more like 4 1/2 miles and there are quite a few steps along the way (mostly up the Pecca & down the Beezley), there is also invariably an ice-cream van (tea, coffee & cold drinks too) sat on the track below Twisleton Scar End (about where it shows 285 map height on the OS map) from (at least) spring to late autumn. The charge is because the route is predominatly on privately owned land.
patrikG  commented on 01 May 2011
Indeed it is
Spot on, Mac. I've changed the walk so it now shows up under "suitable for families".
chris  commented on 02 September 2013
rip off
They charge you to park, and charge you per PERSON not per car! £6 per person, absolute rip off. Better places to walk that aren't a con.
Timwoods  commented on 02 September 2013
rip off
Hi Chris I think you've missed the point of our website – we suggest you go by bus, not by car! But charging people to get in does seem a bit much, granted. Tim
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