Distinctive Yorkshire Dales limestone and England's deepest cave entrance mark out this route.
Walking Route - Ingleborough, Yorkshire Dales
Ingleborough > Gaping Ghyll > Dowlass Moss >
Average Time: 5 hours 15
Distance: 8.9 miles
Height Gain: 2703 ft (824
A stunning walk through the characteristic limestone
terrain of one of the classic Dales 'Three Peaks'.
Maps: OS OL 12, Landranger
Photo Grade: 3
Start Point: SD
Ingleborough - Alan
Southworth, OM album
The Three Peaks of the Yorkshire Dales are among the country's
most popular walks, whether as a combined epic or individual forrays
onto the limestone uplands. This walk takes in Ingleborough and its
famous attraction, the pot of Gaping Ghyll, on a circular route from
Section 1: Ingleton to Ingleborough
Distance: 2.8 miles (4.6km)
Height Gain: 1846 ft (563m)
Average Time: 2 hours 15 mins
Start from the Storrs Common on the outskirts of
Ingleton, and head right from the road towards the obvious cave
entrance. This is Storrs Common Cave, which despite the impressively
sized entrance has defeated generations of cavers in extending it
beyond a few hundred yards of mud-filled passage.
Pass the twin entrances to the cave to join the path alongside a
wall as it heads up towards Crina Bottom and the lower slopes
of Ingleborough. The first mile and a quarter rise gradually between
the drystone walls before breaking out onto open moorland by White
Distinctive limestone pavement on Ingleborough -
Even without the walls as a guide the path is almost impossible to
lose, being a regular pedestrian highway past Quaking Pot and
numerous other potholes. For the last mile the gradient increases,
particularly as you leave the limestone plateau to ascend the
Millstone grit cap that gives Ingleborough its characteistic profile.
The summit of Ingleborough provides the site of an Iron Age fort
along with a well-built wind shelter and the obligatory trig point.
On a good day the view west extends to the Lake District and Irish
Sea, and even on a poor day the famous Ribblehead Viaduct of the
Carlisle to Settle line dominates the valley below.
Section 2: Ingleborough to Gaping Ghyll
Distance: 1.7 miles (2.7km)
Height Gain: 66ft (20 m)
Average Time: 0 hour 45 mins
to the north, taking the right hand fork
where the path splits. The path now heads south past Sware Gill Head
onto Ingleborough common.
Well-constructed summit shelter, spot on for lunch
:-) - Dave Mycroft
After almost a mile a junction is reached where the left hand path
leads downhill to where Fell Beck falls down the country's deepest
cave entrance. Gaping Ghyll is over 360 ft deep and can fit
Saint Paul's Cathedral inside its main chamber.
On Bank Holidays twice a year local caving clubs divert Fell Beck
from the main entrance and set up a winch for the general public to
investigate the bottom of the main chamber.
Section 3: Gaping Ghyll to Ingleton
Distance: 4.4 miles (7.1km)
Height Gain:791 ft (241m)
Average Time: 2 hour 15 mins
From Gaping Ghyll
retrace your steps uphill onto Ingleborough
common and the junction with the main path. Turn left here at the
cairn to begin the long descent back to Ingleton.
It's important here that you get the right path, heading over
Dowlass Moss and not the more southerly path over Newby Moss.
Continue downhill to a series of open potholes, the best known being
Long Kin West Pot, passing to the right of Grey Scarrs.
Ingleborough's distinctive cap rears above
the clouds -
pic by Mark H - OM
The path now leads down to High Leys and a minor road from Clapham
to Ingleton, where you turn right. The last mile and a half is
following the road back to Ingleton where it joins the Chapel le Dale
road just below Storrs Common and your starting point.
Average time ratings are calculated for a notional
average walker and take height gain into account. You may be faster
or slower than the notional average, but they provide a starting