Ribblesdale is arguably the most dramatic region of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the distinctive, wedge shaped profile of Ingleborough is one of its most spectacular features. Hikes to Ingleborough ascend through beguiling layers of alternating limestone, sandstone and shale to a summit as rich in ancient history as it is in scenic splendour.
Ingleborough is a complex massif. From the principal summit it throws out a ridge to the northeast, which widens into the high plateau of Simon Fell, its contours shaped like a fishtail when viewed from above. Limestone dominates the western side of the mountain, with many karst features, such as holes, pavements and caves.
A magnificent icon with staggering views of beautiful Ribblesdale
Walking routes to Ingleborough start from all points of the compass; you are spoilt for choice as to how to tackle this iconic peak. Ingleton, Chapel-le-Dale and Horton in Ribblesdale all make great bases, with Yorkshire’s famously friendly hospitality awaiting you in the many pubs and cafes.
You can even enjoy a journey on the celebrated Carlisle to Settle railway line, as it reaches its finest moment at Ribblehead Viaduct. Ribblehead station is a wonderful place from which to start a hike to Ingleborough. White steam rising from a locomotive on the awesome viaduct to the backdrop of the Dales is an evocative sight.
The broad summit plateau was once the site of an Iron Age hillfort, which was then adopted by the Romans. This is unsurprising, as it commands a wide reaching view across the Dales and beyond to Morecambe Bay and the distant mountains of south and eastern Lakeland. It is a stunning panorama.
Along with beautiful Pen-y-ghent and the higher whaleback of Whernside, Ingleborough is one of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, a classic hillwalking challenge. Winter walking here is also a challenge but rarely do conditions require mountaineering equipment.
The Ingleborough summit richly rewards all those that conquer it with a magnificent panoramic view of Whernside, Pen-y-ghent, Pendle Hill, out into Morecambe Bay and over to the Lakeland hills. It is, quite simply, glorious. At 2,372 feet (723 metres) high, Ingleborough is the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales and is usually the final summit climbed on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge route.
November 9, 2018
Great views all around from here on a clear day, just watch the wind as you can take a bit if a battering with the hills unique flat top. Also pay attention to the route you took to the top as getting off the same way if you are not paying attention can be hard work.
April 26, 2018
There’s a reason Ingleborough represents Yorkshire’s Three Peaks in this list. Characterised by its eroded and exposed layers of millstone grit, shale, sandstone and stream-swallowing limestone, and home to caves and the remains of Iron Age settlements, an ascent of this icon is an exploration of the history of the Dales’ people and landscape.
December 13, 2019
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