AUG 2020 – 12 Miles or 18 Miles – INGLEBOROUGH (YORKSHIRE DALES)

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Total Distance: 18 Miles
Highest Point: 2668 Feet
Total Realistic Time: ~9 Hours

Ingleborough (723 m or 2,372 ft) is the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales, England.  It is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks (the other two being Whernside and Pen-y-ghent), and is frequently climbed as part of the Three Peaks walk.

Original route planned for the day was a 12 mile walk starting at Ingleton taking in the sights from the top of Ingleborough and then making your way back to Ingleton via the main path towards Chapel Le Dale then onto the A Pennine Journey path. However, the main path from Ingleborough to Chapel Le Dale was closed due to maintenance work, so we had to take an alternate route that ended up as a challenging 18 mile walk.

I have included the original 12 mile route map, this one is a moderate walk with a clear path, so you can decide which one you want to do when the main path opens again.

12 Miles - Ingleborough route
12 Miles – Ingleborough route ~5 hours
18 Miles - Ingleborough
18 Miles – Ingleborough route

We all met up at the Community Centre Car Park in Ingleton at 9:30am, ticket is £3.90 for the day and there are other options, they have toilets which are supported by the local community.

Ingleton Community centre car park
Ingleton Community Centre car park (South Lakeland District Council) – 33 Dodgson Croft, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth LA6 2AB

Although the forecast for most of the day was rain, it started off well, it was clear until we got to the top of Ingleborough which was foggy and windy so no clear views.

Near beginning of the route
Near beginning of the route
Stone formations
Stone formations along part of the route
Fog coming over towards Ingleborough
Fog coming over towards Ingleborough
Steps up towards Ingleborough summit
Steps up towards Ingleborough summit
Tourist information of Ingleborough
Tourist information of Ingleborough
Towards the top of Ingleborough
Towards the top of Ingleborough
Ingleborough summit
Ingleborough summit
Shelter from the wind at the summit
Shelter from the wind at the summit

After coming down from Ingleborough on the main path towards Chapel Le Dale, the weather took a turn for the worst. It was windy in parts and drizzly rain throughout. Then we find out the main path was closed, so we took an alternate route towards Souther Scales Fell. There is a short cut down towards joining the original main path, however as the weather was bad and the footpaths below were very boggy, for safety we carried on the current clear path towards Ribblehead viaduct.

Clear path away from Ingleborough
Clear path down from Ingleborough
Path was muddy in parts
The path we were planning on taking was closed. Carried on the path towards Souther Scales Fell
Path towards Souther Scales Fell
Arrived at Ribblehead viaduct. Someone is missing a boot

Weather cleared up when we got to Ribblehead viaduct.


From Ribblehead we took the main path towards Chapel Le Dale, from there we headed back towards Ingleton via Ford Stepping Stones. Just before crossing the Ford Stepping Stones, there are toilets in the Ingleton Waterfall private trail just before you get to the Ford.

Walking back to Ingleton, views of some of the waterfalls in the area
Ford Stepping Stones
Made it across with no incidents, apart from slightly wet feet

Headed towards Skirwith where there is a platform area for a good view of the Quarry.

Ingleton Quarry

Then back into Ingleton where we managed to get something to eat at an Indian restaurant in the village before we all headed back home. There are a few pubs in the village, we got back a little too late and they had stopped serving food.

Learns: To expect the unexpected, in this case where a main path in your planned route is closed, to be able to plan a safe alternate route back to the starting point on the spot. This was a good challenge for me as I was the nominated route master for the day.  OS Maps did the job for me.


  • Apple iPhone XS (for use of OS apps for lazy mapping and photos/videos)
  • OS Maps app (premium version – I use for following the route)
  • Comfy walking shoes (most important)
  • Extra socks (keep the feet happy when needed)
  • Waterproof Jacket (always a must, the weather changes alot in the hills/mountains)
  • Long sleeve and/or short sleeve (for layering)
  • Neck scarf (extra warmth and protection if needed)
  • Woolly hat (keep your head and particularly my ears warm)
  • Gloves (if scrambling is required)
  • 2 litres of water
  • Flask with Hot drink (a good cuppa is always welcome)
  • ibuprofen (helping hand if you have any aches and pains)
  • Food and snacks (fuel to keep you going)

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