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Ingleborough Walk, Yorkshire Dales Walks In North Yorkshire, England, UK

Ingleborough Walk, Yorkshire Dales Walks

Ingleborough Walk was about 9.5 miles in distance. The terrain of the route is mainly well defined paths and tracks over fields which may be muddy in places and about 7 stiles to climb. There are two steep scents and two steep descent.

Ingleborough is one of the Dales’ and Britain’s most iconic hills. As you walk up this route, which is one less well used, you walk along the full length of the hill and can take in some panoramic views of unique limestone landscape.

The first leg headed south west; on the B6255; then south east through Ribblehead Quarry; then south west across the rocky Gauber Hill Pasture before ascending paths and tracks over fields and stiles to Park Fell summit.

Leg two weaved its way south west on a ridge path to the summit of Ingleborough. Leg three retraced the steep descent of the ridge path; then descended steeply and levelled out north west before turning north east then north over fields and stiles.

The fourth leg completed the walk heading north east over fields and stiles; then east into Gauber High Pasture before retracing earlier steps north east to return to Ribblehead Quarry, going through it to the north west and along the B6255 north east back to the start.

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Ingleborough Walk Route

The Ingleborough Walk route was circular in a anti-clockwise direction with four legs.

Leg 1

On this first leg we went south west on the B6255; then south east through Ribblehead Quarry; then headed south west across the rocky Gauber Hill Pasture and uphill on paths and tracks across fields and stiles to the top of Park Fell.

  1. We headed south west on the B6255 towards Chapel-Le-Dale and Ingleton and went under railway bridge.
  2. We took the first track on the left running parallel to the railway line.
  3. After about 400 metres we veered right through a gate and followed a signpost for “Ribblehead Quarry”.
  4. We followed a trail marked by green marker posts down into quarry which led us around to the left and then the trail curved right uphill out of the quarry zone through a gate.
  5. We then followed the marker posts to a gate in the drystone wall ahead of us to the south.
  6. We then went across the rocky Gauber Hill Pasture and as the waymarked trail began to bend to the right, we headed straight on up the hill, bearing slightly left until we came to a path crossing our route from right to left.
  7. Following this path left to the west we arrived at a step-stile in a wall.
  8. After crossing the step-stile we turned right to follow a path running parallel to a wall on our right.
  9. As we went up the hill we veered left, following a vehicle track in field which led us to a gate-stile in the top left-hand corner of the field.
  10. We went through the gate and continue straight on following muddy path uphill to top of Park Fell with stone wall on our left.
  11. When the terrain began to flatten out we reached a corner of two walls with a stile on the left.
  12. If like we did, you want to visit the trig point of Park Fell do as we did:
    1. We crossed the stile on the left, turned right and then went through a gate on the right a little way ahead.
    2. We crossed the field diagonally left following the waymarked path to the trig point.
    3. After we had enjoyed the views we retraced our steps across the field back through the gate, turning left and then going left over the stile.

Leg 2

Having walked about 1.75 mile to this point, the second leg headed south west along a ridge path as it weaved its way to the summit of Ingleborough.

  1. Next we followed the line of the wall on our left as it turned to the right and continued to follow the wall line towards Ingleborough.
  2. After a while we crossed a stile as we descended into small saddle section.
  3. As the wall went sharply left we continue ahead uphill to follow an obvious ridge path.
  4. On reaching a stone wall we crossed it via a step-stile.
  5. Continuing ahead on the path and just after a path joins from below on the right we went through a kissing-gate just before a steeper summit climb.
  6. We then continued ahead, following an obvious path to the summit.

Leg 3

Now at about the 4 miles mark the third leg retraced the ridge path part way back north east, descending steeply to a fork; then descending steeply and levelling out to the north west before turning north east then north over fields and stiles.

  1. Next we retraced our steps from the summit steeply descending to the kissing-gate.
  2. Just after passing through the kissing-gate where the path forked, we took the path on the left heading steeply downhill.
  3. The path became a flagstone path in a slightly north west direction with views of Whernside and Ribblehead Viaduct to the north.
  4. After crossing some boardwalks we reached a gate in a stone wall where we turned right before the wall with the wall on our left.
  5. The route was waymarked with green posts and we soon went through a step-stile with a gate in a wall ahead of us.
  6. We followed the path with occasional flagstones as it headed towards an area of exposed rock, passing them on our right.
  7. We next passed through gate in stone wall beside larger five-bar gate.

Leg 4

Having travelled about 6 miles, the fourth and final leg headed north east over fields and stiles; then east into Gauber High Pasture, retracing earlier steps north east back to Ribblehead Quarry going through it to the north west and along the road north east back to the start.

  1. Continuing on the path we passed Great Douk cave on the left, which was an area of trees around cave with a stone wall around it.
  2. A little way ahead we went through a gate in a wall with a step-stile beside it and turn immediately right.
  3. After about 30 metres we went through another gate in a wall with a step-stile beside it.
  4. Here we went slightly to the left and followed the line of wall on our left for about 150 metres where we passed through a gate in the wall next to a step-stile on the left.
  5. Now in a nature reserve we turned right to follow the waymarked “Ingleborough National Nature Reserve Ridge Walk Nature Trail”.
  6. Now with a wall on our right we passed through a gap in a wall and continued ahead.
  7. After crossing some limestone pavements the wall turned sharply to the right and led us to a gate thorough a wall in the next corner.
  8. Turning left out of the gate we dropped down a bit to a track which ran across our route.
  9. Here we followed the track to the left for about 10 metres where we exited the track and continued to follow the base of an exposed rock section as it bent around to the right.
  10. We now aimed for a ladder-stile over a stone wall ahead of us which cut across our direction of travel.
  11. After crossing the ladder-stile we followed a better defined path straight on as it curved up to the right to a gate through stone wall.
  12. We went through gate and followed the path through the field to another gate in a wall.
  13. After passing through the gate we continued to follow the undulating path eastwards into Gauber High Pasture.
  14. We continued on the path until we reached a green marker post on the left which we passed earlier in the day during the Park Fell ascent.
  15. Here we turned left to follow the green marker posts across limestone paving to a gate in the wall ahead.
  16. From here we retraced our earlier steps following the green marker posts through Ribblehead Quarry; going parallel to the railway line; and turning right on the B6255 back to the roadside parking at the start.

When Done & With Whom

I did this hike with my partner Anne whilst on an Ingleton hiking holiday during April 2012. We drove from our holiday accommodation in Ingleton, Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire to the starting location of Ribblehead Train Station, Yorkshire Dales. We parked in roadside parking near a road junction on the B6255 just north of the station at grid reference SD766793 which was also the start location of the hike.

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