National Parks, like the Yorkshire Dales, are a great escape from the city, you have the time to connect with nature, relax, enjoy the present or be adventurous.
There are ten amazing national parks in England and if you’re in the north, the Yorkshire Dales is a must-see.
It’s very diverse and each dale has something to impress. From limestone sceneries and beautiful waterfalls to flower hay meadows.
One of the most famous walks is the Three Peaks which includes Pen-y-Ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. It’s a challenging one and there are many people who attempt to reach all of them. However, if you’re just a beginner, you can start by reaching one first.
The easiest Yorkshire Dales walk is Whernside and the most challenging but amazing is Ingleborough!
Since there’s a big uncertainty about travelling abroad at the moment, many of us will choose to travel locally or nationally. And one of the best things you can do is go for a walk in the Dales.
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Ingleborough walk in the Yorkshire Dales
Walking distance: 5 miles (8 km)
Nearest town: Ingleton
Walk time: 2 hours and 40 minutes approximately
Car park: Ingleton Car Park, Ingleton, Carnforth LA6 3BS
Ingleborough (723m) is the second-highest of the Yorkshire Dales’ Three Peaks
Ingleborough Walk Route
You can start your route at Ingleton Tourist Information Centre and walk all the way up to the beginning of Ingleborough walk.
When you start, you’ll be amazed by the green scenery and the beautiful stone path to follow. As you walk further, you’ll get a great view of Ingleton and you’ll enjoy the company of fluffy sheep.
I tried to take close pictures of them, but If I was you, I wouldn’t waste the time because they will walk away.
When I did this route, the weather was stunning, blue sky and a few cottonwool clouds. It was a bit chilly, but I was completely fine! I couldn’t complain about the weather.
However, when we saw two lovely benches and stopped to eat our sandwiches, it started raining and hail stoning all of a sudden. Yes, my sandwich almost got wet! Luckily, we had an umbrella.
This is the reason why you must wear a raincoat and an umbrella. The weather changes quickly and it doesn’t matter if it’s summer or winter. I did this walk in June!
Personally, the beginning of this route wasn’t difficult and it was quite relaxing, however, things get more challenging as you get closer to the peak.
Be prepared to use your hands as well as your feet to overcome some tricky areas. There are many steps and this is when your legs will start aching if you aren’t used to doing this type of walk (like me!).
This part requires concentration, encouragement and positive thoughts. When you feel tired, you start thinking you won’t be able to achieve it, however, don’t give up because you’ve gone so far and you’ll reach the top very soon.
Once you get to the top, you’ll feel so good! It’s usually very windy, so be careful when taking pictures near the cliff. You’ll get incredible panoramic views of the famous Ribblehead viaduct as well as Whernside, Pen-y-Ghent and down to Pendle Hill.
If you’ve never heard about Ribblehead viaduct or you’re wondering why it is famous, this amazing viaduct was featured in Harry Potter films. Thanks to many railway builders, including some that lost their lives, we can see this great structure.
Also, you can find cairns and the triangulation point.
There’s a shelter too where you can sit down and rest before continuing your walk.
I sat down and tried to have a snack, but it was way too windy and cold. I had to keep my hands in my pockets because yes, I forgot to take the gloves with me. Unsurprisingly, I saw the clouds moving our way and it started hail stoning again!
There are different paths you can take to go down, however, if you go in the opposite direction to where you came up before, you’ll see a cobbled path to follow. The views you get as you walk are stunning.
This path is easier than the one you took to reach the peak, however, be ready for steps. It’s normally easier to go down than up, but your legs will be tired from before so take it easy.
From there, we went through a couple of meadows with fluffy thistledowns. This felt really weird to walk on as the ground makes you feel like you’re walking in jelly.
After this, you’ll see some small cute stairs that will take you down to a rocky path, and then to what seems it was a waterfall in the past. You need to be careful here because you can easily fall.
Once you’ve gone through this, the rest of the path is level so you can just enjoy the walk without worrying about falling or stumbling.
If you go straight, you’ll find Ingleborough Cave and your way out to Clapham.
During this walk, you’ll see great features and information panels and learn about them.
One of my favourites is “The Grotto”, a place that was frequently visited by popular people to enjoy the view of Thwaite Scars and have a cuppa! Nowadays, you can shelter from the unpredictable weather.
You can also follow the alternative route which starts from the cute village of Clapham.
What to pack for a walk in the Yorkshire Dales
First, you want to use a comfortable and light backpack, but also, don’t overpack. This is what I took with me:
Also, if you feel that your bag is getting heavier and full as you pack, you can split the things you are taking with a friend or partner.
What to wear for a walk in the Yorkshire Dales
It doesn’t matter the time of the year, you can experience different weather conditions on the same day, so I would highly recommend wearing:
- Mountain trainers
- Comfy clothes
If you have questions about visiting Ingleborough Walk, email me or send me a DM on Instagram. I’d be very happy to help and guide you.
I hope you enjoy your walk in the Yorkshire Dales.
P.S. Looking for more places to visit in Northern England? Check this travel guide.
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Frequently asked questions about Ingleborough Walk
How experienced do I need to do Ingleborough Walk?
You don’t need to have experience to do this walk, however, depending on your physical activity levels, you may want to go for a couple of long walks to be ready for this one.
When is the best time to do Ingleborough Walk?
May to October due to the weather and daylight.
What are other popular places in the Yorkshire Dales?
Malham Cove is a great place to visit too. It’s a 70m high rock with spectacular views from the top. Also, if you’re looking for cute and small towns, you definitely need to visit Grassington and Skipton.