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Yorkshire

Ingleborough from Ingleton
Distance: 6 miles (9.6 km)
park in the tourist information car park in the centre of Ingleton


Leaving Ingleton on the B6255 road to Hawes, take the track (Fell Lane) off to the right (just short of the roadside parking) immediately after a large house where the land on the right opens up onto Storr’s Common. Here, at the junction of the B6255 and the track, there is: a faded wooden bridleway sign to Ingleborough; a brown tourist information sign pointing back into Ingleton and a blue Craven District Council sign for Storr’s Common. Head up the track initially walled on its right-hand side as it leads out onto Storr’s Common. After a few minutes walking, the track, which briefly departed from the wall, enters between a further two walls, and is enclosed by these as the track slowly climbs affording views over to the left of Whernside and back to Ingleton behind. After about one and a quarter miles, the track passes through a gate and out onto the open fell
A few yards through the gate along the track there is a bench dedicated to Mrs Leigh's darling husband on which is engraved "Ye death cannot our hearts divide or make thee less my own twere sweeter sleeping at thy side than watching here alone". Shortly after the bench, the footpath splits away from the track which heads into Crina Bottom Farm. The very well defined, now grassy path, continues ahead keeping to the right of the farm.
Behind the farm can clearly be seen limestone outcrops, a very familiar site in this area, behind and under which are vast areas of shake and pot holes. The path continues its steady climb and at its junction with a small stream a couple of entrances to pot holes can be seen.
The path soon afterwards becomes rockier underfoot and starts to climb more steeply. Whernside again comes into view over on the left when the path briefly flattens before rising again this time much more steeply.
The path then follows some man made steps before briefly flattening and continuing on up more man made steps. The path then leads onto the plateau on the top of Ingleborough. A line of cairns can then be followed for the final few yards to the triangulation point. The panoramic view from the top of Ingleborough is stunning. From the Lakeland hills out to Morecambe Bay, and round to Whernside, Penyghent and down to Pendle Hill. This route from Ingleton is also the one followed by the annual Ingleborough Fell Race.
Follow the reverse route back down the man made steps and then down the steep slope, but this time as the path starts to flatten, a short one hundred yard diversion can be made to look at Quaking Pot. Return to the main path, and follow this back to the lane, pass through the gate and follow the lane back to Storr’s Common. Cross the common and return to either the roadside parking or continue on back into Ingleton to the tourist information car park.

Ingleton Waterfalls Walk
Distance: 4¼ miles (6.8 km)


The walk starts from the car park outside the Tourist Information Office and Ingleton Library. This is the site of the old Ingleton railway station. Whilst the steam trains
themselves have long since gone, the early part of the walk is in the shadow of the large Victorian railway viaduct, a long standing reminder of a bygone era. Follow the green signs for the village centre out of the car park in the direction of the viaduct. Upon reaching the road out of the car park, turn right and go immediately under the railway bridge. Follow this road for about one hundred yards past Bank Hall Close, then take the first left heading downhill following the large brown sign for "Waterfalls Walk". At the bottom of this short street, follow the road around to the left crossing over the River Doe by the guest house. Continue along the road over the River Twiss (the Rivers Twiss and Doe merge a few yards further downstream to form the River Greta), and then turn right into road leading past a black and white café heading for the start of the Ingleton Nature Trail. This right turn is signed Ingleton Waterfalls Walk.
A hut a hundred yards down this lane is where you pay to go around the walk. The walk is nearly all on private land and the fee charged is to maintain the paths around the walk. Currently the charge is £3 for adults. Just past the hut there is another car park where you could also park to start the walk from instead of in the village centre. It costs £6 per car, but this includes all the occupants, thereby making it cheaper if you have a large number of occupants in the car.
The path to the falls leaves the far end of the car park and is well signed. After a couple of hundred yards just prior to the first kissing gate, there is a map showing the layout of the falls ahead. Go through the kissing gate and continue ahead along the well defined path. The path keeps to the side of the river and slowly starts to climb, before going through a metal gate. In Autumn when leaves are on the path and when wet or in icy winter, the path can be very slippery in places. The path continues alongside the river up the tree-lined Swilla Glen. After about three-quarters of a mile, the river is crossed by a footbridge and the path continues up the right-hand bank.
Continuing on the path, a viewpoint is quickly reached looking across at Pecca Falls. The path carries on towards these falls and again crosses back across the river directly in front of the falls. Turn right immediately over the footbridge and follow the path up the side of the falls. As height is gained, more and more impressive falls appear in the steep sided gorge. At the top of these falls the path turns right through a wooden gate. Continue ahead past a green hut selling refreshments (open most of the year) and follow the green "Waterfalls Walk" sign stating "Thornley Force 1/3 mile, Beezley". The path now enters more open countryside as compared to the tree-lined earlier part of the walk. After a few more minutes Thornton Force (as opposed to Thornley on the sign) is clearly visible ahead. This waterfall is very impressive, even from a distance, but this time is one single fall of 15 metres as compared to the various falls that made up Pecca.
The path goes along the left-hand side of the falls and climbs up alongside it, before continuing on to meet yet another footbridge. Go over the footbridge across the field and up to the gate in the wall. Go through the gate and turn right into the walled lane, following the green "Waterfalls Walk" sign "Beezley". Continue along the lane, through a kissing-gate and continue along the lane. Go through another gate and drop down in front of two farmhouses. Where the road bends around to the right, go straight ahead through another gate following the green "Waterfalls Walk" sign, all the while keeping all farm buildings (Twistleton Hall) on your right. Continue ahead for another 30 yards and go through another gate and follow the path out into the field keeping to the left of the wall, again following the green "Waterfalls Walk" sign. The path leaves the wall and straight ahead the car park and entrance at Ingleton caves can be seen on the opposite hillside.
The path bends around to the left and straight ahead Ingleborough can now be seen in the distance. The path winds its way down across the field to a lane. Cross the lane and continue straight ahead down towards the river in the bottom. The road here is again signed Ingleton Waterfalls "Beezley". The road passes through a small caravan site and heads for Beezley Farm. The track bends around to the right, following the same "Waterfalls Walk" sign. The path goes through a few farm buildings for about twenty yards, before turning left heading back down towards the river. Go through another metal gates then through a wooden kissing gate another forty yards on.
Immediately through this gate, the Beezley Falls are visible. Continue down the man-made steps, and follow the path around to Rival Falls and Snow Falls. The path around all these falls is very easy to follow, although great care needs to be taken, as it can become very slippery.
Continuing around the next bend, the water is very wide and seemingly slow moving where it can be seen to converge at the mouth of the top of the steep sided gorge. Just after the start of the gorge, there is a footbridge that can be walked down to, which is an excellent viewpoint back up the gorge. Return to the main path and carry on downwards.
The path continues down past Snow Falls, then onwards to another footbridge where the river is again crossed. The path bends around and after a couple of hundred yards almost meets the water. Here the path veers off to the left away from the water into the trees. Continue along this path through the trees past a small stone building, where the path emerges from the trees.
Continue on down to and through a kissing gate and along the path. Ingleton is now visible directly in front. The path widens upon reaching a disused quarry, then narrows on passing through a metal gate. This leads onto a road which is followed back into the village centre. On reaching the one-way system, turn right into the road against the one-way traffic and follow the road around to the left with the railway viaduct again visible ahead. Follow the road past the Three Horseshoes Public House, under the railway bridge, and turn left back into the car park.

Circular from Clapham
National Park Centre car park in Clapham
Distance: 5½ miles (8.8 km)


Turn right out of the National Park car park. Follow the road round in front of the church and over the bridge. Turn right at the T-junction and follow the road up the hill following the sign for Ingleborough Cave as the road bends around to the left. For a slight variation to the walk, the first signpost (a white and brown one signed "cave, lake, woods and trail") that you reach after about another twenty yards can be followed to Ingleborough Cave. This follows the Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail through woodland and an entrance fee of currently 40p for adults and 20p for children is charged. If this route is chosen, follow the very well marked route up to Ingleborough Cave and rejoin the walk at this point.
Continue along the road for about forty yards, past the nature trail turn and take a right up the track signed "Ingleborough / Gaping Gill and Ingleborough Cave". At the start of the track there is a white sign stating "No road", but this is the public footpath. The track starts to climb slowly up the hill becoming a tarmac road after about two hundred yards, and is flanked for most of the time by walls on both sides. As the lane begins to level, limestone outcrops can be seen over on the right-hand side. There is an excellent panoramic view of the surrounding area from a wooden gate just before the track returns to gravel and stones.
Progressing further up the lane, climb over the four steps to the left of a gate across the lane and continue onwards heading for another gate and climb the stile to the right of this one. The lane now affords excellent views to the right, where the limestone outcrops and pavements synonymous with this area can be seen. Behind in the distance can be seen the very distinctive nose of Pendle Hill (famous for it’s witches) which is over in Lancashire. In the trees below to the right is the nature trail path described earlier in this walk. Also over to the right, the lane along which the walk returns can be seen running parallel to the skyline. Continue on straight-ahead to the farmhouse, entering the farmyard through the first gate, then twenty yards further go over the stile to the right-hand side of the second gate. Over this stile turn almost immediately right at the sign for "Ingleborough Cave" and start descending down the grassy hillside following a well-trodden footpath. Continue on this until the path is met from the right by the gravel track emerging from the exit of the nature trail. Turn left onto this track and follow the path up to the stone house by the bridge at the entrance to the caves.
A diversion can be taken here if you wish to take a tour around the caves. The tours leave hourly finishing at five o’clock at night in the summer. Current admission prices are £4 adults and £2 for children, which includes a fifty minute guided tour. Crossing the bridge, climb the wooden stile a further twenty yards up the lane and then continue onwards on the gravel track. The track starts to bend and climb up the hill. Go over the stile to the right of the next gate and again continue onwards up into the steep sided limestone gorge of Trow Gill. Follow the path through the gorge and exit at the top where the gap is only a few feet wide. The path towards the top of the gorge becomes a little tricky in places with large boulders under feet to be negotiated. On exiting the gorge follow the well-trodden footpath which follows the right-hand side of a wall until a double stile is reached on the left-hand side. Whilst walking up this path, Little Ingleborough and Ingleborough itself can be seen directly in front.
The path home goes off directly to the right away from the stile, but a worthwhile ten-minute diversion to Gaping Gill can be taken by climbing over this double stile. Once over the stile follow the well-defined footpath heading in the direction of Little Ingleborough (straight ahead). After about two hundred yards the path forks, the left-hand branch takes you up Ingleborough and the right-hand fork crosses open moorland for another two hundred yards to the wire fence around the top of Gaping Gill.
Each year in spring bank holiday week and at the August bank holiday, two potholing clubs run winches from the top of the hole lowering people to the bottom of the floodlit cavern, from where they can walk out back to above ground. They charge £8 for this service. At Gaping Gill, Fell Beck disappears down a shaft descending from moor level to a floor of a large chamber 110 metres (350 feet) below. This is twice the drop of Niagara Falls. The chamber at the bottom is the largest in the United Kingdom. It is 150 metres by 100 feet long by 40 metres high. It is big enough to hold the Knave of York Minster. Bradford Pothole Club run the spring-bank winch, not as a commercial venture, but to generate funds for the club and to give financial support to the local cave and fell rescue teams. The winch is capable of taking safely twenty-five people per hour. Retrace your footsteps back the four hundred yards to the double stile.
Once over the stile take the footpath that goes off diagonally right away from the wall along a grassy footpath. The footpath crosses open moorland and keeps generally parallel to the gorge, which is now on your right. The path climbs gently for about two hundred metres, but once over the brow descends keeping roughly in the same direction. As soon as the path goes over the brow of the hill, the very distinctive shape of Penyghent can be seen to the left, and from this spot excellent panoramic views can be had all around. On the descent, looking ahead slightly to the right on the opposite hillside can be seen the entrance to the walled lane (long lane) at the junction of two walls. Follow the grassy path down into the dip and then up diagonally to the right up a very well defined grass track to the junction of the walls. Go through the gate in the walls, then through another one ten yards further on. The lane descends steeply for about fifty yards before almost leveling to a gentle slope. This lane continues unobstructed apart from one gate for almost one and a half miles where at a T-junction turn right. Along this stretch of lane, the path taken at the start of the journey can be seen off to the right, and Ingleborough Caves can be seen down below.
At this T-junction, follow the sign "B/W Clapham ¼ mile" to the right and keep to the walled lane down the hill. The lane passes underneath two old disused railway bridges and a further one hundred yards on meets a road by the church. Turn left and follow the road for about two hundred yards back to the car park

Circular from Richmond
market square in Richmond
4 miles (6.4 km)


The walk starts at the Obelisk in the Market Place. The obelisk, built in 1771, marked the location of Richmond's water supply. Walk downhill past the Holy Trinity Church to the right hand bottom corner of the square, and turn right along Millgate. This winds steeply down to a small car park by the river below, with Richmond Castle up to the right. Enter the car park and take the riverside path from the far corner of it heading back around to the left, stopping to admire the waterfall created partly by the weir just above it. Pass immediately through a concreted picnic area and continue heading downstream on the riverside path. As the bridge approaches ahead, head to the left hand side of the grassy area and on to the tarmac path which leads out on to the road which crosses the bridge.
As the road is reached, go straight across down a lane (Lombards Wynd) to the right of the church, then turn almost immediately right down the lane, which initially heads down hill, then rises, and after a few yards there is a green sign for "Easby Abbey ¾ mile". The track soon becomes unmetalled and begins to climb slowly, affording excellent views back through the trees to the castle behind and to the right. At the drummer boy plaque the track splits. According to legend the stone marks the spot where the Richmond drummer boy reached in the tunnel supposed to lead from Richmond market place to Easby Abbey. The plaque marks the spot where the sound of the drumming ceased and was never heard again.
Ignore the tracks ahead and take the right hand path to the right track stating "private property", and head along the right hand side of the fence a few yards to the left of the River Swale. Follow this path for just under half a mile where the path leaves the riverbank by way of some steps leading upwards to meet another path. Turn right along this path and after a few yards pass through a kissing gate into a field. Here the path splits, take the right hand fork keeping close to the wire fence and head for
Abbey Mill ahead. Upon reaching the mill, where the fence meets the wall in the corner of the field, pass through the kissing gate, then through a metal gate and continue ahead down the conifer lined track. A little further down this track there is Easby Abbey on the left hand side.
The Abbey of Saint Agatha Easby was founded in 1152 by Roald, constable of Richmond Castle. Easby is the house of the Premonstratensian order founded by St Norbert of Premontre, Laon, France in 1120. The inhabitants were canons rather than monks and were known as the white monks. They undertook preaching and pastoral work in the region, but followed a code of austerity similar to that of the Cistercian monks. Other Premonstratensian houses included Eccleston (County Durham) and Shap (Cumbria). Next to the Abbey is the parish church of Saint Agatha, Easby. The road here can be followed around to the left to pass the ruins of the original church built in 700AD, and on for a further one hundred yards to obtain a view of the Abbey in the foreground with Richmond Castle on the horizon. Return back down past the church ruins and down the left hand side of a small car park to continue along the riverside path following the public bridleway sign.
Continue along the gravelled track for a further five hundred yards to where the path splits. Take the higher left hand path, and follow the path around and over the bridge to the right. The path now enters out on to the line of a disused railway. This was part of the old Darlington to Richmond railway line. Follow this disused railway line for about a mile, at one point crossing a road to continue ahead, until the path passes out in to a large grassy picnic area just short of the old railway station. This station now has been converted into a fitness centre and a swimming pool. As the track ends, continue along the paved area down under a small bridge which limits traffic to nine feet in height. As the swimming pool car park is entered, turn right down some steps and follow the path down the side of the swimming pool itself. As the path reaches the river, turn left and follow the path along and down through two kissing gates under the bridge over the river. After passing under the bridge, the path veers off slightly left and up hill, and pulls in along side a fence. After a hundred yards pass through a further kissing gate and continue straight ahead, ignoring any paths that branch off to the right heading down in to the woods below. Keep ahead and pass through a further kissing gate now heading slightly up hill to the left of the trees surrounding the riverbank. About fifty yards further on, the path passes through another kissing gate and enters in to the woods following a yellow waymark arrow pointing downwards.
Head down along the man made steps through the woods, pulling in close by the river just upstream of the waterfall. Continue along the riverside path. Up to the right there are excellent views up to the Castle perched high up on the rocks seemingly impenetrable. The path then passes out in to a field, which is Richmond Town Football Club. Keep to the right hand side of the field and head to the right of the changing rooms ahead and out on to the road. Turn right on to the road and right again over the bridge.
About thirty yards over the bridge as the road bends around to the left, turn right up Bridge Street. As the road bends around to the left, turn right through the no entry signs in to Cornforth Hill. Head up this steep cobbled street and pass through a surviving section of the medieval wall around Richmond. Continue on up the cobbled path around to the left, then turn right and follow the road around in to the market place.

Whitby Circular
Distance: 5¼ miles (8.4 km)


Start the walk on the bridge over the River Esk. Leave the bridge in an easterly direction towards the Abbey high up on the hill ahead following the road initially past the Dolphin public house, then around to the right. Follow along the road with the river to the right, and shortly after the car park turn left climbing the steps up Boulby Bank. Follow the cobbled steps up between the houses, keeping to the right hand path after a further one hundred yards, and continue on out on to the road. Turn right along the road, heading away from the sea behind, with the River Esk down below to the right.
Keep on the road past St Hilda's Business Centre and go straight across at the T-junction following the sign for Folly Gardens, initially on a metalled road, then after about twenty yards, head along the narrow flagged path directly ahead which keeps to the left hand side of a fence for about two hundred yards before entering out on to a road. Turn right along this road and shortly afterwards pass through the middle of a few houses and then through a farm. As the road bends around sharply to the left in the middle of the farm, continue in a straight line ahead by passing through a wooden kissing gate attached to the side of a barn.
Follow this path alongside the wall to the right for a few hundred yards, then continue ahead alongside a small hedge until the path eventually enters out on to a road. Turn right along the road for about half a mile heading towards the small cluster of houses on the horizon ahead, ignoring the turn on the left for the caravan site. Behind there are views back towards the Abbey. As the road starts to rise, turn left by a telegraph pole where there is also a green sign for a public bridleway and a white sign for Whitby Lighthouse. There are also the names of various other buildings down this lane carved in to a stone by the turning: Brook House; Haggitt House; High House and Ling Hill.
Follow this lane in the direction of the sea towards the farm buildings about one hundred and fifty yards ahead. Keep on this road which bends around to the right by a slurry tower and continues on past the right hand side of the houses about a further one hundred yards ahead. Keep on this road past these houses, initially flanked on both sides by grassy banks before flattening out. After a further third of a mile the road, shortly after assign another few cottages, bends sharply left and heads downwards in the direction of the sea.
Ahead now is a building with a very large foghorn on it. Pass this and just before the entrance to the lighthouse, turn left over a stone stile to join the coastal path, which is part of the Cleveland Way. This coastal path is now followed for about two miles all the way to the remains of the Abbey. The path initially goes around the right hand side of the building with the foghorn on it.
The path keeps very close to the cliff edge for most of this return journey and excellent costal and cliff views are afforded for most of this return leg. It is wise though to keep to the path as there are sheer drops off the cliff top in many places. Parts of the path can become very muddy after prolonged wet weather. The path passes over two wooden stiles and continues ahead towards the campsite now directly ahead. Go over the stile just before the caravan site and turn right along the road through the site, passing the reception buildings. Continue ahead keeping to the right of all the caravans and after a few more yards the coastal path becomes visible ahead. The path leaves the metalled road following a brown sign for "Footpath to Whitby". Continue now on this gravelled path in the direction of the Abbey and turn left just
before reaching the radio mast and follow the path the short distance out on to the road. Turn right and follow the road around to the turning area in front of the Abbey.
A detour can be made here to visit the Abbey itself, which is administered by English Heritage (www.english-heritage.org.uk). Successive generations have been drawn to the headland location as a place of settlement, religious devotion and literary inspiration. Archaeology has revealed evidence of prehistoric and Anglo Saxon settlements. It has been the burial place of kings and a training ground for saints. Founded by St Hild, the Abbey made history in 664 when the Synod of Celtic and Roman Christians reached an agreement on the date of Easter. It became the focal point in the landscape in the 17th century when the prominent Cholmley family bought the ruins and surrounding land after the dissolution of the monasteries and built a mansion alongside. There is a small charge for entering the Abbey.
In the right hand corner of the turning area, take the path down which leads through the edge of the churchyard and then down the 199 steps to the cobbled street below. The cobbled street bends around to the left and after a further one hundred yards enters out on to a road. Turn right on to the road and follow it for the few yards back to the starting bridge.

 

  

 

 

  

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