Visiting Ingleton Waterfalls Trail: 6 Incredible Falls & Beautiful Walk

Last Updated on 09/06/2023

If you want to see some of the most beautiful countryside and striking waterfalls in North Yorkshire, you need to visit Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. This incredible 4.5-mile route introduces you to six breath-taking falls. Here is a complete guide to planning your visit.

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What is Ingleton Waterfalls Trail?

The village of Ingleton is built around the point where the Rivers Twiss and Doe converge. The unique geology of the area has enabled these two rivers to carve several impressive waterfalls into the landscape. The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a beautiful circular walking route that gives you the best possible views of the waterfalls.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Where is Ingleton Waterfalls Trail?

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is on the western border of the Yorkshire Dales National Park in north-west England. It is approximately a 5-hour drive from London or just over 3 hours from Edinburgh. Timings are approximately the same via public transport.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

How To Get To Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Ingleton’s remote location means it can be a little challenging to access by public transport. Here are the easiest options for planning your visit:

Car: With limited public transport throughout the Yorkshire Dales, driving is the easiest option for getting to Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. There is a car park at the waterfalls (LA6 3ET) which is free for ticket holders. It does fill quickly though so it is recommended to arrive early.

Rail: The closest major train station is Leeds Station and the closest local station is in Settle. There are bus services (581) from Settle to Ingleton but these are approximately once every 2 hours. Alternatively, it is possible to get a train to Lancaster, then take a bus service direct to Ingleton.

Air: Both Blackpool Airport and Leeds Bradford Airport are just over an hour’s drive from Ingleton.

What You Need To Know About Visiting Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

If you’re considering a visit to Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, here are a couple of things you need to know ahead of your trip.

Entry

The trail is on private land and an entry fee is charged to visit the waterfalls. The cost of parking is included in the ticket price. The 2020 entry fee is:

  • Adults (age 16+): £7.00
  • Children (under 16): £3.00

The falls have seasonal opening hours. The 2020-2021 hours are:

  • March 1st – March 31st: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • April 1st – August 31st: 9:00am – 7:00pm
  • September 1st – October 31st: 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • November 1st – February 28th: 9:00am – 2:30pm

For safety reasons, the trail closes in extreme weather conditions. Check details ahead of your visit on their website.

The Route

The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail route is 4.5 miles (7km) long and has a verticle rise of 169 meters (554 feet). This varied route will take you through incredible oak woodland, glens, and moorland. It is advised that you allocate 2.5 – 4 hours to complete the route depending on your experience and fitness level.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

The Terrain

The terrain is variable throughout the route. The first part of the walk takes you through woodland along the bank of the River Twiss. This section is clearly defined but somewhat rocky and uneven in nature.

After you reach Thornton Force, the route takes you back across the river, then through field paths to the River Doe. This middle section between the rivers is the easiest terrain to negotiate. You’ll also find some beautiful views here!

Next, the footpath enters woodland again and follows the banks of the River Doe. Much like the first section, it is clearly defined but fairly uneven. In some places there are man-made steps, paths or bridges to negotiate.

Finally, as you exit the waterfalls trail you will follow a descending path to the village on Ingleton. This path can be uneven in parts until you reach the paved streets of the village.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

The Facilities

The route has some limited facilities. There are toilets and litter collection points at the start/end of the trail at Broadwood Car Park, or at the half-way point at Beezley Farm. There are picnic benches at various points throughout the trail.

The Waterfalls

While the trail is beautiful and the scenery is outstanding, if you’re visiting Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, the main attraction is obviously the waterfalls. The trail has six marked falls on the guide. Here is a quick overview of each of the falls:

Pecca Falls

Pecca Falls is an impressive collection of 5 main waterfalls. Here, the River Twiss drops an incredible 30 meters. Bubbling beneath the surface are plunge pools which are estimated to be as deep as the falls themselves.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail - Pecca Falls

Hollybush Spout

Shortly after Pecca Falls you’ll follow a steep climb to open moorland. On your ascent, make sure you don’t miss Hollybush Spout, where the River Twiss shoots around a corner and into the pool feeding the top of Pecca Falls.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail - Hollybush Spout

Thornton Force

Thornton Force is the most famous and impressive waterfall on the trail. Here, the river plunges dramatically down a 14-meter sheer drop. It’s easy to see why this waterfall provided inspiration for renowned artist William Turner.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail - Thornton Force

Beezley Falls

Now following the River Doe, Beezley Falls consists of the first waterfall, followed by Triple Spout. This incredible phenomenon has formed three beautiful waterfalls side by side. Shortly after Beezley Falls you’ll spot Rival Falls, whose plunge pool is known as the “Black Hole” as it is reputed to be over 80 feet deep.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail - Beezley Falls

Baxenghyll Gorge

To get a glimpse of Baxenghyll Gorge you’ll need to step out onto the viewing bridge. From here, you can watch the Doe racing through the gorge far below.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail - Baxenghyll Gorge

Snow Falls

To spot the final falls on the trail, you’ll need to look back. From a viewing area, you can peep through the trees to see the beautiful Snow Falls, perfectly framed by the foliage.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail - Snow Falls

Tips For Visiting Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

If you’re planning a visit to the waterfalls trail, here are a couple of tips from our experience:

  • Wear walking boots – while the website suggests that strong shoes will be sufficient, the rocky terrain is much more manageable with proper walking boots.
  • Arrive early – we arrived as they opened at 9am. We got parked easily and were able to enjoy the trail with virtually no visitors. By the time we returned to the car park 2.5 hours later it was jam-packed and there were people everywhere.
  • Pick up a map – grab a trail guide from the ticket office (they’re free!) as it will make following the route and identifying the falls a lot easier.
  • Bring snacks – the trail is long and a lot of it is uphill so you’ll burn plenty of calories on the route. Bring snacks to refuel on your journey, or take advantage of one of the many picnic areas on the trail. But be sure to take your rubbish away with you, there are no bins on the route.
  • Bring water – this one should be pretty common sense but the whole walk will take several hours so you’ll want to stay hydrated.

For tips on what to pack for your visit to Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, check out our guide to must-pack hiking essentials.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail COVID-19 Precautions

At the time of our visit, these were the Covid-19 precautions that were in place. For the most up to date guidelines, please check the website ahead of your visit.

  • Card payment only
  • Signage around maintaining social distancing advising a one-way system
  • A one-way system was in operation around the trail
  • Recommended to avoid peak hours between 12.00 and 3.00 if possible

It is worth noting that the one-way system means that if you start the trail, you will have to complete the whole walk. Because of this, it’s worth blocking out up to half a day so you have sufficient time to complete the 4.5 miles. The advised time is 2.5-4 hours.

I’d also recommend carrying a hand sanitizer with you as there are gates and handrails you will touch on the route. Also, arrive as early as you can. We arrived as they opened at 9am and we hardly saw anyone else on the route which made social distancing easy and the experience more enjoyable overall.

Other Things To Do Near Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Here are a few ideas of other things to do nearby to make the most of your trip:

  • Ingleton village – the end of the trail finishes in the village of Ingleton. This quaint village has a selection of beautiful arts and gift shops, pubs, cafes, and fish and chips stores. It is well worth dedicating some time to admiring the streets before you head back to your car.
  • Go underground – if you’re ready for another adventure, why not see what is going on beneath the Dales greenery? White Scar Cave and Ingleborough Cave are both a short drive away and will take you on a journey beneath the surface.
  • Ribblehead Viaduct – the incredible Ribblehead Viaduct is 400m long and 32m high. It makes a striking backdrop for some beautiful walks in the area. It’s just a 15-minute drive from Ingleton.
  • Climb a mountain – Ingleborough is the second-highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales and is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. You can take a beautiful 5-mile hike to the summit.
  • Visit the Lakes – from Ingleton, it is just a short journey to England’s Lake District. Why not visit the popular lake Windermere on your trip? If you’re planning a road trip, be sure to stop at Kendal on your journey.
White Scar Cave

White Scar Cave

Where To Stay Near Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

If you want to make the most of your trip to Ingleton, why not stay a few days and experience some of the surrounding areas? Here are just a few accommodation options for your stay.

  • Hipping Hall (£££) – This luxurious accommodation sits conveniently between the beautiful English Lake District and the rugged Yorkshire Dales. Hipping Hall is the perfect venue to use as a base while exploring the very best of the North-West.
  • Harling House (££) – This adorable cottage B&B is located only a short walk from Ingleton village and the waterfalls trail. Its homely, country feel is reinforced by the fact that home-baking is served on arrival and each afternoon!
  • Marton Arms Hotel (££) – This traditional country inn is only half a mile from Ingleton. All of their food is prepared freshly on-site and they pride themselves in providing field to fork produce. They have 8 Cask Ale hand pulls and an impressive choice of 60 gins!
  • The Wheatsheaf Inn (£) – Found in the heart of Ingleton, the Wheatsheaf is steeped in history stretching as far back as the 17th century. This Coaching Inn was extended in the 1800s to include a Blacksmiths shop and stables, now being utilized as the dining room.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

So this is our guide to visiting Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. This beautiful walk will take you through some incredible landscapes and show you some of the most striking waterfalls in North Yorkshire. Which of the falls are you most looking forward to seeing?

And if you want more Yorkshire waterfall inspiration, download your free Yorkshire Waterfalls Checklist for a list of the top 20 must-visit waterfalls in the region! How many have you visited?

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Are you looking for the most beautiful landscapes and striking waterfalls in England? If so, Ingleton, North Yorkshire needs to be on your travel bucket list. There are many things to do in Yorkshire, but the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a must for any waterfall lover. Nestled in the picturesque English countryside, this gem features 6 incredible waterfalls. Click to read a guide to your visit! #UKTravel #Travel #TravelInspiration #EnglandTravel #TravelGoals #Wanderlust #Adventure #Outdoors

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11 thoughts on “Visiting Ingleton Waterfalls Trail: 6 Incredible Falls & Beautiful Walk”

  1. I love waterfalls! This is such a great trail. Thanks for providing so much useful information to plan an adventure here.

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    • It is a stunning trail! It’s a great length to walk in a couple of hours or so but you see so many waterfalls on the way! I’m glad you found the info useful, I hope you get an opportunity to visit!

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    • My post-covid list must be miles long by now! The longer we can’t go anywhere, the more time I have to find new destinations to add to my list! I’ll keep my fingers crossed you’re able to visit soon!

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  2. These look really lovely! You know, I don’t think I have ever been on a private hike where you need to pay to see waterfalls – It’s a pretty good use of the land for whoever owns it!

    It’s nice that you had the trail to yourself as well!

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    • Whoever owns it is definitely super lucky! Can you imagine owning 6 waterfalls? It’s so great that they have chosen to share it though and it is a beautiful walk. I’d definitely recommend the early start for the best views, the car park looked like chaos when we got back so I imagine the trail was super busy!

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  3. I’ve never heard of this trail before, but I’ve been looking for some new trails in the Uk so this is perfect!

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    • It’s such a pretty trail and I think it is the perfect length to take a pleasant stroll around. I hope you get an opportunity to try it out!

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