Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a really well-known and popular circular walk that starts and finishes in the quaint village of Ingleton, North Yorkshire. The walk is on private land and an entrance fee is charged, but it is well worth it to see the impressive waterfalls and woodland scenery. The whole
trail is four and a half miles and it can be fairly strenuous with lots of steps at times, so it’s not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
The Broadwood car park is where to start your walk around the trail and it can get very busy at weekends and on public holidays. From the car park, the trail will take you along river banks, past eight waterfalls, through open farmland and in and out of pretty woodland. From the car park you
also get a good view of the Victorian viaduct that once had steam trains passing over it. It’s quite an impressive structure.
Following the river Twiss, our walk passed the now infamous coin embedded Yew tree. The idea is that if you hammer a coin into the tree then you will have a wish granted. I’m not sure it works, as my wish still hasn’t come true… From here the well-defined path heads steadily uphill to reach the first viewpoint, taking in Pecca Falls.
The waterfalls are a photographer’s dream and the trail is a great place to mess about with your camera. We practiced a bit of long exposure to get some really creative images of the water. With Pecca Falls, Pecca Twin Falls, Holly Bush Spout, Beezley’s Falls, Rival Falls, Baxenghyll Gorge, Snow Falls and the really impressive Thornton Force, you have plenty of places to hone your camera skills.
Thornton Force is a good place to have a break whilst watching the water cascade 14 metres over the limestone. JMW Turner sat here in 1816 to sketch the waterfall.
After crossing the river a couple of times over the footbridges, you eventually reach more open countryside and will see a great view of the imposing Ingleborough. After passing through a couple of fields and Beezley Farm, the path returns towards the riverside – this time it’s the River Doe that descends back into Ingleton. The path follows the riverside and was a bit slippy underfoot so the handrails came in quite handy here. There’s a little bit of up and down and walking over some woodland crags, but nothing too tricky.