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Ingleton Falls (Ingleton Waterfalls Trail): The Ultimate Guide (2024)

Ingleton Falls (Ingleton Waterfalls Trail): The Ultimate Guide (2024)

Ingleton Falls, as it’s known by the locals, is a spectacular collection of waterfalls that can be explored along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. In this guide, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about this exceptional waterfall walk in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Everything You Need to Know About Visiting Ingleton Falls

Ingleton Falls is one of the most beautiful places in the Yorkshire Dales, let alone in the northwest of England. Indeed, if you’re visiting the area or live nearby, you need to see these waterfalls at least once in your lifetime. To that end, we’re going to talk about everything there is to know about visiting these superb waterfalls. So, let’s jump right in!

What Is Ingleton Falls?

Ingleton Falls is not one single waterfall – it’s the popularly used collective term that refers to all of the waterfalls found in a small area of Ingleton. You can see all of these waterfalls by doing the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.

FYI – some people also refer to Ingleton Falls as the Ingleton Waterfalls.

What Is the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail?

The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is the official name of the circular walking route that you can do to explore all of the magnificent waterfalls in the area. The walk is also known as the Ingleton Waterfall Trail, the Ingleton Falls Walk, the Ingleton Waterfall Walk and the Yorkshire Dales Waterfall Walk.

Dan walks on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Where Is Ingleton Falls?

Ingleton Falls is located in the village of Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in the northwest of England. Please click on the image below to access an interactive map of the area on Google Maps.

The Ingleton Falls postcode: LA6 3ET (Broadwood Entrance, Ingleton, Carnforth)

A screenshot of a map showing the location of the Ingleton Falls
Ingleton Falls map

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail Opening Hours

Unlike most nature trails in English national parks, the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is privately managed and owned by the Ingleton Scenery Company. So, there are opening hours and entrance fees.

Of course, opening hours are constantly changing and updating. We’ll list the most recent opening hours below. But, it’s probably best to head to the official website for the latest information about opening times. Ambiguously, there isn’t a closing time as such; but, rather, a time of last entry.

  • 1 March to 31 March: 9am to 4pm (last entry)
  • 1 April to 31 August: 9am to 7pm (last entry)
  • 1 September to 31 October: 9am to 4pm (last entry)
  • 1 November to 28 February: 9am to 2:30pm (last entry)

To find out more information about the Ingleton Scenery Company, head to our FAQs and read Who Owns Ingleton Falls? Just so you know, many people think this private company are a bit on the greedy side of things.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail Entrance Fees

Ingleton Falls prices have steadily increased over the years. Back in the day, it was free to complete the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail – you just had to pay for parking.

The most recent pricing is £10 per adult and £5 per child (under 16 years). No pre-booking is required. Only card payment is accepted at the ticket office. For the latest information about prices, again, head to the official website.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail Ticket Office

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail: Walking Route Details and Map

Let’s talk about the Ingleton Falls walking route, which is officially known as the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. Below, you’ll find trail specs and an official map.

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 8km (4.95 miles)
  • Time: 2.5–3.5 hours
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 175m
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Trailhead: Broadwood Car Park
  • Map: Wikiloc
Ingleton Falls Waterfalls Trail map

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail: Terrain and Difficulty

The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail terrain is quite varied. There’s a mix of woodland trails, farmland trails, a section of public footpath (more on that later) and some village walking. Most of the trails are comprised of woodland trails which are uneven, rocky, steep and sometimes muddy. Along the way, you’ll climb up and down steps and pass several bridges. Certainly, the terrain isn’t wheelchair or pram-friendly.

In terms of difficulty, we’ve personally rated the walk as easy. Given the relatively small distance, the modest elevation gain and the straightforward navigation, a rating of easy seems fair. Of course, difficulty is always subjective and based on your level of fitness. The folks at Ingleton Scenery Company have rated the walk as strenuous. But, that’s most likely because they’re a company trying to cover themselves legally.

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail Description

Let’s cover the highlights of the sensational Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. You’ll find that the Ingleton Scenery Company focus on promoting six main waterfalls. But, there are actually eight named waterfalls on the official map. Additionally, there are many other gorgeous unnamed falls and cascades to explore.

Exploring the Eight Ingleton Falls

Below, we’ve listed, in chronological order, the Ingleton Falls you’ll see along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.

From the ticket office, you’ll follow the quaint and calming stream of River Twiss. You’ll then pass a peaceful area known as Swilla Glen, before passing Manor Bridge. Afterwards, you’ll arrive at another bridge called Pecca Bridge, where you’ll get your first glimpse of Pecca Falls.

Pecca Falls

From Pecca Bridge, you’ll enjoy a marvellous view of Pecca Falls – the first of the official Ingleton Falls. As you continue along the trail, you’ll pass closer to the multi-tiered Pecca Falls, appreciating the multiple cascades that form this set of falls. Around the corner, you’ll arrive at Hollybush Spout.

Hollybush Spout

Unlike the multi-levelled Pecca Falls, Hollybush Spout is a small single-drop waterfall. It’s not quite as majestic as Pecca Falls; but, especially after heavy rainfall, Hollybush Spout can become a powerful waterfall, plummeting into the natural pool below. Once you’ve admired Hollybush Spout, it’s time to head to one of Ingleton Fall’s most famous waterfalls – Thornton Force.

Thornton Force

After experiencing mostly closed-in and dense woodlands, the trail transitions into more open countryside and farmland. You’ll soon reach Thornton Force, which is the only waterfall along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail that’s possible to explore in more detail. Every other waterfall is seen from a distance from a defined trail that’s often fenced. At Thornton Force, there’s no barrier or fence; so, it’s possible to skip along some rocks to appreciate a different angle of the stunning waterfall. Of course, the stones are slippery. So, take care!

Thornton Force – one of the Ingleton Falls along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Thornton Force

Indeed, Thornton Force is the largest of the Ingleton Falls at 14 metres high and is one of the most impressive. After exploring Thornton Force, you’ll ascend some steps, continuing by an area of the river called Raven Ray. You’ll soon cross countryside terrain, passing through a gate and joining a public footpath. Eventually, the public right of way leads you to Beezley Farm, where you’ll find the popular Falls Park.

After passing a toilet block and cafe, the trail briefly descends and arrives at a trail intersection. To see Beezley Falls, Triple Spout, Rival Fall and Baxenghyll Gorge, continue along the Main Route. There is an Alternative Path in place in case of flooding, which bypasses these waterfalls and rejoins the Main Route at the last named waterfall – Snow Falls.

A cafe

Beezley Falls and Triple Spout

Following the Main Route, you’ll soon arrive at Beezley Falls, which is accompanied by another waterfall called Triple Spout. Collectively, the waterfalls are a highlight of the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. You’ll then continue along River Doe, soon arriving at Rival Fall.

Beezley Falls and Triple Spout – two of the waterfalls found along the Ingleton Falls along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Beezley Falls and Triple Spout

Rival Fall

Rival Fall isn’t one of the main waterfalls recognised by the Ingleton Scenery Company. But, personally, we thought Rival Fall was just as impressive as some of the other main Ingleton Falls. Anyway, a little further along, you’ll arrive at a suspension bridge, overlooking Baxenghyll Gorge.

Rival Fall – one of the Ingleton Falls along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Rival Fall

Baxenghyll Gorge

At Baxenghyll Gorge, you’ll find a wonderful series of waterfalls, plummeting over several rock platforms and ledges carved out by the River Doe. The gorge is absolutely stunning and is definitely another outstanding part of the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.

Not far from Baxenghyll Gorge, you’ll find the last waterfall along the trail – Snow Falls.

Baxenghyll Gorge
Baxenghyll Gorge

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Snow Falls

Somewhat hidden in the dense woodland, you’ll spy Snow Falls. It’s the most difficult waterfall to see along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. By peering through gaps in the trees, you’ll catch a few glimpses of the pretty waterfall.

Snow Falls – one of the Ingleton Falls along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
Snow Falls

After passing Snow Falls, you’ll soon exit the dense woodlands, continuing along a more open trail next to a quarry. The trail then guides you through the charming village of Ingleton. Finally, you’ll arrive back near the ticket office, where the main car park is located.

Useful Things to Know About Visiting Ingleton Falls

Now you know all about the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, let’s talk about some practical information for your visit.

How to Get to the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

The quickest and easiest way to get to Ingleton Falls is to drive there yourself. Included in the price of the ticket is free parking at Broadwood Car Park (AKA the Ingleton Falls Car Park). If you don’t have your own set of wheels, we recommend hiring a car.

Car Hire

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If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.

To find out more about renting a car with Discover Cars, read our Discover Cars review and Discover Cars Insurance review.

Although it’s possible to get to Ingleton Falls using public transport, we don’t recommend it. Depending on where you’re travelling from in the UK, you’ll likely have a slow and tedious journey to get there. But, if public transport is your only option, you’ll want to get to Leeds in order to get a train to Bentham. From Bentham, you’ll need to get a bus to the community centre in Ingleton. From there, it’s a short walk to the ticket office.

We recommend using Google Maps and Trainline to help plan any journeys using public transport.

Booking Trains

Trainline

Trainline is one of the best online platforms for booking trains. By using Trainline, you can easily find the best available prices and times for your journey. We always use Trainline to book our train journeys in the UK and in Europe.

Facilities and Amenities at Ingleton Falls

There are excellent facilities and amenities at Ingleton Falls. In terms of toilets at ​​​​​​​Ingleton Falls, you’ll find some at the main Broadwood Car Park near the ticket office and also at the cafe at Beezley Farm. You’ll find food and drinks at The Falls Bar and Kitchen, near the Broadwood Car Park, whilst, as mentioned, there is also a cafe at Beezley Farm.

Otherwise, you’ll walk through the town of Ingleton as part of the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, where you’ll pass cafes, restaurants and stores.

A cafe at the car park and near the entrance
The Falls Bar and Kitchen

Where To Stay Near Ingleton Falls

The most convenient place to stay near Ingleton Falls is Falls Park. As mentioned, you’ll actually pass the holiday park along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. It’s run by the Ingleton Scenery Company and features modern facilities and equipment.

The highly-rated park is set in stunning limestone country and is overlooked by Ingleborough – one of the Three Yorkshire Peaks. If you’re looking for a peaceful stay, close to Ingleton Falls, which has an excellent natural ambience, then definitely stay at Falls Park.

A sign showing accommodation option en route

Other than Falls Park, the charming village of Ingleton has some fantastic accommodation options to choose from. Below, we’ll talk about the best budget, mid-range and luxury options.

Budget – Ingleton Hostel

Inside Ingleton Hostel

The best budget option in Ingleton is Ingleton Hostel, which is conveniently located near the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Mid-range – Craven Heifer Ingleton

Inside Ingleton Hostel

Craven Heifer Ingleton is a beautiful country inn that is one of the most affordable and highly-rated private room accommodation options in Ingleton

Mid-range – The Wheatsheaf Inn

Inside The Wheatsheaf Inn

You’ll want to stay at The Wheatsheaf Inn if you want to stay at the most popular accommodation option in Ingleton!

Luxury – The Marton Arms

Inside The Marton Arms

The Marton Arms is a brilliant country inn that’s located just outside of the town of Ingleton, so it’s the perfect place to stay if you’re after something a little quieter

Dan walks through the village of Ingleton
Ingleton

Other Things To Do Near Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

There are many brilliant things to do and places to see in and near Ingleton. Whilst you’re in Ingleton, you should definitely visit the epic White Scar Caves. Also, if you’re keen on another nearby walk, you can do the Whernside Walk from Ribblehead Viaduct, which involves climbing up Whernside – one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks. When it comes to Ingleton walks, you can also climb Ingleborough from Ingleton. Although, the most common Ingleborough Walk route is from nearby Clapham.

Otherwise, if you’re interested in doing another waterfalls walk in the Yorkshire Dales, consider the Settle Caves and Waterfall Walk, Aysgarth Falls Walk, Cray Gill Waterfall Walk, the Keld Waterfalls Walk or the Askrigg Waterfalls Walk.

FAQs

Below, you’ll find the most frequently asked questions about Ingleton Falls.

Beezley Falls
Beezley Falls

How Long Is the Ingleton Falls Walk?

It’s roughly 8km (4.95 miles), which takes around 2.5–3.5 hours to complete.

Is Ingleton Falls Free?

No, you can’t do the Ingleton Waterfalls walk for free unless you’re willing to break the rules.

Can You Do Ingleton Falls For Free?

Back in the day, people would join the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail from the public footpath to avoid paying. As mentioned, there is a public footpath that connects the River Twiss trail (where you find Pecca Falls, Hollybush Spout and Thornton Force) with the River Doe trail (where you find Beezley Falls, Triple Spout, Rival Fall, Baxenghyll Gorge and Snow Falls).

You’ll find a ‘No Access’ sign at either end of the public footpath. Because the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail falls mostly on private land, you’d essentially be trespassing if you ignored the rules, jumped the fence and saw the waterfalls for free.

How Much Is the Ingleton Fall Walk?

The most recent prices are £10 per adult and £5 per child (under 16 years). But, for the latest information about prices, head to the official website.

How Hard Is the Ingleton Falls Walk?

Please read the Ingleton Falls Trail: Terrain and Difficulty section for more information regarding difficulty.

Can You Swim at Ingleton Falls?

No, the Ingleton Scenery Company forbid people from swimming along the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. But, don’t be surprised if you see people swimming during your visit.

Is Ingleton Falls National Trust?

No.

Who Owns Ingleton Falls?

The Ingleton Scenery Company manage and own Ingleton Falls. As mentioned, many people begrudge the Ingleton Scenery Company for charging people to do the trail. And, in recent times, the prices have continued to increase.

Is Ingleton Falls Dog Friendly?

Yes – when it comes to dogs at Ingleton Falls, you’ll have to keep your pooch on a lead at all times. In particular, make sure that doggo is on a lead when crossing farmland and when passing near livestock.

Is Ingleton Falls Pram Friendly?

Unfortunately, not.

Is Ingleton Falls Open On a Bank Holiday?

Yes, Ingleton Falls only closes on Christmas Day.

Is Ingleton Falls Worth Visiting?

Yes, if you like beautiful natural scenery and chasing waterfalls, you should certainly do the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. But, we understand if the price of entrance is a little too steep for your liking.

What to Wear and Take

Below, you’ll find our hiking gear essentials for the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.

Osprey Skarab 30
Osprey Skarab 30

The Osprey Skarab 30 is our go-to hiking backpack for day hikes. This well-designed unisex backpack is comfortable and spacious, so you’ll have plenty of space to pack everything without feeling the strain on your upper back.

Osprey Ultralight Raincover
Osprey Ultralight Raincover

A waterproof backpack cover is an absolute must when you’re adventuring outdoors. The Osprey Ultralight Raincover Medium is a high-quality waterproof cover that’ll keep your backpack bone dry.

GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle
GRAYL Reusable Water Bottle

The GRAYL GeoPress is the best water filter bottle that allows you to purify 710mL (12 ounces) of water. This bottle will make water safe to drink wherever you’re hiking.

BUFF Original Ecostretch
BUFF Original Ecostretch

The BUFF Original Ecostretch is a great option when it comes to multifunctional headwear. We use the Ecostretch as a neck gaiter to keep the sun off our necks and it helps us keep warm in cooler climates.

Sony Cybershot RX100 VII
Sony Cybershot RX100 VII

Capture epic photos and videos with the Sony Cybershot RX100 VII. This is hands-down the best compact camera. We love using this simple point-and-shoot camera when we’re hiking as it’s lightweight and durable.

To find out more about all of the gear that we use and recommend, read our guides about our favourite hiking gear, travel gear and camera gear. Otherwise, read our comprehensive travel packing checklist.

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Bonus Tips For Visiting Ingleton Falls

  • Arrive at opening time to avoid the crowds: yes, this trail is a popular tourist attraction. So, it can get very busy. But, if you arrive at opening, you’ll usually get to enjoy the trail to yourselves.
  • Ask permission to fly your drone: after all, it’s private land, so you’ll have to ask permission before flying your drone.
  • Visit after heavy rainfall: the waterfalls come alive after a decent spell of rain. With this in mind, the waterfalls certainly don’t look as striking during a dry summer.

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Daniel Piggott

Physiotherapist turned travel blogger, Dan is a keen hiker, natural wonder seeker and world traveller. He loves writing travel guides to help his readers explore the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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