Yorkshire Dales Walks
Ingleton Waterfall Walk
Date: 13th October 2013
Distance: 4 miles
Ascent: 856 feet
Time: 2 hours 25 mins
Start Grid Ref: SD693732
A long overdue return to Ingleton to do the justifiably popular Waterfall Walk.
Route Summary: Ingleton - Swilla Glen - Thornton Force - Twistleton Hall - Beezley Falls - Ingleton
Photos: Click on the photos below to enlarge.
Walk Detail: This was the first opportunity I'd had for a walk, just me and and my wife, since March. As the forecast wasn't very promising I decided on a low level walk and in the end plumped for this old favourite. It proved to be an excellent choice. The forecast had obviously put a lot of people off and the route was remarkably quiet. In addition the heavily overcast skies actually provided just the right conditions for taking photos of the many waterfalls on the route.
The walk up Swilla Glen was very pleasant and before we reached any of the waterfalls I spent some time trying to photograph a forest of mushrooms. The first of the waterfalls we encountered was the first Pecca Falls swiftly followed by Pecca Twin Falls and then the impressive Hollybush Spout. By far the most impressive waterfall though on the outward section is Thornton Force which plunges 14m over a limestone edge.
From Thornton Force the path continues to follow the river upstream, now in more open surroundings, before crossing a footbridge. Here the River Twiss is left behind and a track, passing Twistleton Hall, drops down to the River Doe and the return route. After passing Beezley Falls and Triple Spout the path enters the steep Baxenghyll Gorge where a narrow bridge allows visitors to stand suspended over a significant drop down to the river below.
The last waterfall, Snow Falls, is also the shyest and cannot really be seen at close quarters, indeed you have to remember to look behind you at the right moment in order to see it. The final section passes some old mine and quarry workings before a final stretch along the road back into Ingleton. Just to round off what had been a super little walk we treated ourselves to an equally excellent and very sugary cakes at Flumenty and Fluffins. Highly recommended, the walk and the cakes!