Ingleborough is the second highest fell in the Yorkshire Dales and makes up one of the famous three peaks, the other two being Whernside and Penyghent. At over 700m high it's a challenge for a novice but depending on the route you choose will only take about an hour and a half to ascend.
There are a number of ways to approach the fell and on a clear summers day you will be hard pressed to find a quiet path.
A popular route is to start at Clapham, a small village to the south east of Ingleton. The start of the walk includes a pleasant woodland walk through a nature trail (small fee to enter) which leads to the famous Ingleborough Caves where you can descend into the amazing array of stalactites and stalagmites. Following up past Clapham beck you will come to the imposing ravine of Trow Gill which is a tricky rocky path which requires a bit of scrambling up slippy jagged rocks. Continuing along the main path for about 30 minutes you will come across a small fenced area where Fell Beck disappears into a cave. This is Gaping Gill where the beck plunges 100m down into a limestone plateau creating Britain's highest unbroken waterfall. Although not accessible to the public most of the year, special trips are arranged in peak summer months.
Take a moments breather before you begin the next stage of the walk, the ascent of Little Ingleborough. The path is well maintained and the steps provide good solid under footing. Once you reach the top don't forget to take in the view, Penyghent to your right, Morecambe Bay to your left andIngleborough straight in front. A further 30 minutes and you will have conquered the fell. Enjoy views of The Lake District, Whernside, The Howgill Fells and Morcambe Bay, weather depending of course!
Return the same way or take the route which returns to Clapham past the Norber Erratics, another fascinating glacial formation.