At 2,373ft. ingleborough is the second highest mountain in Yorkshire, situated in the heart of the limestone heavy 3 Peaks country. Instantly recognizable due to its table top shape caused by a millstone grit cap a top of a plateau of carboniferous limestone – this walk provides an exhilarating physical challenge with the chance to see some of the most stunning limestone pavement in the Yorkshire Dales.
There are a number of routes up Ingleborough – but the walk from Chapel le Dale allows us to take in the tiny historic St. Leonard’s Church, before walking through Southerscales Nature Reserve on the western flank of Ingleborough.
Southerscales is protected as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and by a Limestone Pavement Order (LPO), but boasts some of the most rare natural habitats in the North with high levels of bio diversity.
During the ascent we’ll be able to take a look into Great Douk Cave, a favourite with pot holers. The walk requires a reasonable level of fitness, particularly the final section where a small section of steeper scambling is required.
At the summit, weather permitting there are spectacular view of Whernside and Simons seat.
After returning to Chapel le Dale there will be time for a quick drink in The Hill Inn, a favourite with hikers and fell walkers before a short drive to explore the Ribblehead Viaduct and find out about the history behind this impressive feature.