Land of Caves and Waterfalls
This small but famous village on the edge of the Western side of The Yorkshire Dales has been welcoming visitors ever since the arrival of the railways in the mid 1800’s.
Although the railroad is now long gone with only the viaduct that straddles across the valley remaining, Ingleton still remains one of the most visited villages in The Yorkshire Dales attracting tourists from all over the world.
People of all ages are attracted to Ingleton for a host of different reasons, since Victorian times the village has been known as “The Land of Caves and Waterfalls” because of its unique beautiful landscape both overground and underground which were formed by the effects of warm tropical seas, glaciers and ice melts.
Half of the country’s caves and potholes are located in the area around Ingleton and with the famous waterfalls trail situated in the village it is a mecca for walkers of all abilities but don’t be fooled in to thinking that Ingleton is just a place for hikers and mad men wanting to crawl their way through small underground holes!
Ingleton is fortunate in having beautiful scenery fascinating history and a host of events throughout the year. Walk through the village and you will come across cafes, friendly pubs, tapas/wine bar, a host of other shops selling old fashioned sweets,gifts cakes we even have our own small garden centre that sells cottage garden plants that are hardier and stronger than the huge commercial garden centres. We also have a pottery shop where you can watch the potter working and for the more energetic Ingleton has its own indoor climbing wall an open air heated pool (seasonal) which is situated in the park which also has a child friendly play area.
However be warned as a walk through the village may be interrupted by the strange sight and noise of peacocks stopping traffic as they cross the road!
Estate agents inform us that “location is everything” Ingleton’s location is excellent and the village can boast that within a short journey time you can see waterfalls, lakes, forests, countryside, potholes, show caves, viaducts and iconic train rides.The added bonus of visiting some of these places is that the journey to get there provides stunning views and scenary on-route to your chosen destination.
White Scar England’s longest show cave caves is only 5 minutes up the road just past this is the famous Ribblehead viaduct.The Start of the Settle Carlisle railway is only 10 miles away this was the last man made railway to be built in England and it still remains the highest mainland railway in England The one hour forty minute journey is one of the best railway journeys in the world and the story of the building of it by the Victorians can only be appreciated by visiting or travelling the route.
The rest of The Yorkshire dales is within easy access and the drive from Ingleton to Hawes in Wensleydale cuts through the heart of the 3 peaks and the magnificent limestone countryside.
Kirkby Lonsdale in Cumbria is only a distance of 6 miles away yet to get here you pass through three counties in such a short distance.
Lake Windermere and The Lake District National park is only a forty minute journey by car from Ingleton and should you want to visit the coast while your here Morecambe is also only forty minutes away.
The unspoilt Forest of Bowland which is believed to be the setting for Middle Earth in Tolkeins book Lord of the rings is just over the border in Lancashire and is one of only a few areas in England where the rare Hen Harrier can be seen flying wild along with Merlins and Peregrine falcons.
The Howgills are often said to be where The Dales Meet the Lake District and were described by Alfred Wainwright as looking like a herd of sleeping elephants!
Gisburn forest is also close by and dedicated routes of various difficulties have been created with the help of The Forestry Commission for mountain bikers to test their skills and nerves against natural and manmade obstacles.
While staying in Ingleton you will certainly not starve as all the pubs offer meals we have our own village chip shop,Indian restaurant,tapas bar, micro bar and kitchen and some excellent sandwich and pie shops and for people with a sweet tooth you can visit the cake shop or buy some sweets from the olde fashioned sweet shop that specialise in sweets that are hard to come by.