The trail spoils you with spectacular views of waterfalls, waterfalls and more waterfalls as you make your way around the circuit and take in the beautiful Yorkshire Dale scenery. The trail passes the spectacular; Pecca Falls, Hollybush Spout, Thorton Force, Beezley Falls, Rival Falls, Baxenghyll Gorge, Snow Falls as well as stunning farmland overlooking the dales.
My favourite part of the trail, apart from all of the waterfalls, is entering the trail and taking in all of the beautiful scenery. You are instantly transported to a different world as you enter the trail. You almost feel like you are walking through a tropical rainforest as you can hear the sound of rushing water and can see green, lush trees and ferns all around you. You will spot hikers, families, dog walkers and couples enjoying the walk as there is truly something for everyone here. People visit either for a challenge to reach the end, a fun day out or a romantic walk to simply view the beauty of the waterfalls.
First things first, free parking in Ingleton is almost impossible (believe me I have tried everywhere!) so make your way to the car park where you pay for your ticket which includes your parking fee (see prices and opening times below). There are toilets, a family run café and a shop situated at the car park. I highly suggest you go to the toilet and get snacks before starting the trail as there is only one stop halfway through and the sound of all those waterfalls are not going to help if you are bursting!
The trail takes on average 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete and the total length is 4.3 miles (7km), so it's best to allow 2-4 hours to complete it. There are plenty of picnic areas and scenic spots if you wanted to stop for longer, so make sure you bring a picnic if it's sunny! I recommend that you bear the closing times in mind as you will need to complete the trail before it gets dark as the path is not lit.
Most people would suggest that this trail is most enjoyed on a sunny day, however going on a very wet day is just as good, if not better, because of fewer crowds and faster, bigger waterfalls. After a few days of rain, the appearance of the waterfalls dramatically changes. I highly recommend that you wear waterproof clothing and layers of clothing whatever the weather as you are guaranteed to get a little wet during the walk. It is also vital that you wear walking boots or strong shoes for hiking. Although the trail follows a well-defined footpath it can be very steep, muddy and slippery at times. The path has many large, steep steps leading to the waterfalls, making it unsuitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
If you are a family with small children, then I highly suggest you purchase the 'Children's Challenge Pack' which is an activity pack that can be bought from the ticket office for £1. Children can find the 10 wooden marker posts around the trial that are marked on the map so that they can take a pencil rubbing at each marker post. There is also a word search and quiz questions that the whole family can work on together on the way around. At the end of the trail, you can hand in the completed sheet to claim your prize at the cafe or ticket office.
Each and every waterfall on this trail is unique and everyone will have their own favourite. This trail cannot be missed when you are visiting the Yorkshire Dales, so go explore and find your favourite waterfall! If you have been on the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, please let me know what your favourite waterfall is and why in the comment section below!