|Ingleton Waterfalls Trail|
Yesterday was a pretty perfect summer's day and we took advantage of it in order to sneak back across county borders to Ingleton in Yorkshire. The pretty village has wonderful shops - more about them later - and is also the site of the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail - exactly what it says on the tin. The 8 kilometre Trail has been in existence since April 1885 and is visited by thousands of people every year. We didn't expect to have the same solitude as on our Fell walk and the Trail was busy, but not overwhelmingly so. Entrance is £6 per adult (£3 for kids) which includes parking and turned out to be excellent value. I would recommend stout footwear as most of the route is rock and earth which can get slippery. We saw a few visitors struggling in sandals.
|Some calm between the falls|
We began by walking up the River Twiss away from Ingleton village. The
Low Force and High Force waterfalls, but the setting here is especially beautiful and reminded me in places of the stunning Huelgoat in France.
There are a couple of oddities along the way, one of which is this money
|Ingleton Waterfalls Trail money tree|
Thornton Force is the pride of the walk and is considered to be one of the
My abiding memory of the Trail will surely be steps. There are lots and lots which isn't that surprising considering that we would need to have climbed above the height of one waterfall in order to see its preceding one. Once past Thornton Force however, there is a very steep flight and then the Trail crosses out onto public access farmland for a while. There are great views out over limestone cliffs and scars. We even saw Ingleborough in the distance across Raven Scar and weren't tempted to divert and climb it. Well, we were a little bit, but it looked a long way.
A brief pause at the small cafe for a delicious local ice cream was
online description for these had been slightly tempting so we thought we might take a look if the Trail passed close enough by. It does and when we got this pictured view, we realised why the price seemed so low. Can you just make out the first two holiday homes in front of the trees? Surprisingly the blurb for Falls Park makes no mention of the quarry!
Our return walk brought us down the River Doe, again along picturesque
|Part of the Flumenty And Fluffin selection|
If you can't just up sticks to Ingleton in the next few weeks, I have other news of good edible treats: I got an email from Whittard Of Chelsea a couple of days ago announcing their Summer Sale. They are offering a generous 30% discount off selected teas, coffees, hot chocolates, gifts and tableware. I love their tableware - and their hot chocolate! (Plus, if you visit the Whittard Of Chelsea website through one of these links, I would get a small percentage of any purchase price as commission. That would be nice!)