North Yorkshire

Ingleton is a village in the Craven district of North Yorkshire.

The village is at the edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

Settle is about 11 miles away to the south-east and Skipton 25 miles in the same direction. Hawes is 16 miles to the north-east.

The area has some impressive limestone landscapes and is popular with hikers and cyclists and also with climbers and cavers as well as those who come just to enjoy the scenery.

The village sits beneath one of Yorkshire's highest mountains, Ingleborough. Its summit, 723 metres (2,372 ft) above sea-level, was once an Iron Age hill fort, but today it is better known as one of the peaks of The Three Peaks, a challenging hike around three of the highest summits in the Yorkshire Dales.

Ingleton was once on a railway line and the village still has an impressive 11-arch viaduct running through it. There are possibly modern lessons to be learned from story of the viaduct, which was built around 1860. It is one of expensive engineering not bringing about the desired connectivity for passengers. Ambitions of a direct mainline between Yorkshire and Scotland through Ingleton were thwarted as rival railway companies that had built lines into each side of the village failed to reach agreement. For the first few years after the viaduct was built, passengers had to walk between rival companies' stations at each side of the valley.

Over the next 16 years, the bigger feat of building the Settle and Carlisle Railway across the wild moorland a little further east would provide the Midland Railway with a mainline connection from Yorkshire towards Cumbria and western Scotland. That left the engineering fit for a mainline through Ingleton to continued use as branchlines, although the two companies there did eventually meet at one station. The line finally closed around 100 years later in 1967 and the tracks were lifted.

In Victorian times, however, the railways did bring holidaymakers to the area. From 1885, a very popular waterfalls trail was opened to allow them to view the falls in the wooded gorges at the edge of Ingleton for an admission fee of two pennies. The entry price at the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is now a little more and includes car parking, but the views of the falls from the stepped access path are equally spectacular today. Two small rivers, the River Twiss and the River Doe, come together at Ingleton to form the River Greta.

Caves also attracted the Victorian visitor, but today's main attraction, White Scar Cave, was a later discovery. Nearly two miles to the north-east of Ingleton, it claims to offer the longest show cave tour in Britain, a mile-long exploration featuring an underground waterfall, some fascinating stalactites and stalagmites and its huge Battlefield Cavern.

 Village features

Ingleton is close to the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
The village is on the River Twiss, River Doe and River Greta
Ingleton has a choice of pubs.
Inn and restaurant dining can be found in Ingleton.
A choice of cafes can be found in Ingleton.
Ingleton has a fish and chip shop.
The village has shops.
The village has a Post Office.
The village has a pharmacy.
Ingleton has a community centre.
The village has a community library.
The village has a swimming pool.
Ingleton has a school.
Place of worship: Anglican, Methodist, other.
Places to stay in Ingleton include guest house, inn, holiday home, hostel, caravan, camping accommodation.
There are public toilets in the village.
Ingleton was formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire.


Bus travel

The village has buses to neighbouring towns and villages.

Road travel

Ingleton can be reached via the A65 B6255 .

Places to visit

Changed Coronavirus (Covid-19) restrictions may mean that some of these attractions are again closed. Some also have seasonal closure during late Autumn and Winter. Many attractions may now require a timed ticket to be obtained before arrival. Clicking on the links to the attraction operator's own website will provide more specific and updated information.

If you need the latest official UK government information on Coronavirus (Covid-19), including links to NHS advice and to what you currently can and cannot do in England, it can be found at this  GOV.UK - Coronavirus webpage.

Yorkshire Dales National Park

Much of the Craven district is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The National Park offers mountain peaks, beautiful river valleys, attractive villages with country inns, ruined abbeys and some of the finest limestone scenery in the UK with limestone pavements, dry valleys, potholes and underground caves. The area offers excellent hiking and walking territory with paths and trails for people of all abilities. It is a centre for potholing and caving, has mountain bike routes and offers plenty of opportunity to study its rich wildlife. For more information see our page dedicated to the Yorkshire Dales.

Malham Cove


Malham is a small village in a hill farming community in the Yorkshire Dales National Park which has for many years attracted tourists, walkers and geographers as the location of some of the country's most magnificent limestone scenery. Find out more about Malham.

Bolton Priory and River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey

Bolton Priory

Bolton Abbey, North Yorkshire
The beautiful setting at Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales National Park is one of the most visited monastic sites in Yorkshire. Beside the River Wharfe are the ruins of Bolton Priory, where the nave of the priory church still survives as a parish church. The Augustinian priory was founded in 1154 and continued until the dissolution in 1539. The abbey has been carefully managed by the Devonshire family since 1755 and now has car parking, gift shops, tea rooms, restaurants and facilities for weddings and corporate events. There is an extensive network of footpaths around the estate and one ancient right of way is the 60 stepping stones across the River Wharfe. Other paths lead into the ancient Strid Wood beside the river. Bolton Abbey is 5 miles east-north-east of Skipton (7 miles by road) and 5 miles north-west of Ilkley.

More information at  Bolton Abbey visitor website and at the  Priory Church website.
Find on map:  Bolton Abbey

Skipton Castle

Skipton Castle

The Bailey, Skipton, North Yorkshire
Skipton Castle is one of England's best restored medieval castles, standing between the town of Skipton and the top of a rocky cliff over the Eller Beck. The castle was first built as a Norman fort at the end of the 11th century, but was replaced in stone and in the early 14th century turned into a formidable stronghold after being granted to the Clifford family by King Edward II. Inside, the castle reveals how it was modified over the centuries, including a charming early Tudor courtyard with a yew tree growing at its centre. The castle was the scene of a Royalist last stand in the north during the English Civil War when it withstood a three-year siege until 1645. After the castle yielded, it was ruined by the Parliamentarians in the winter of 1648-9, but between 1657 and 1658 Lady Anne Clifford saw it carefully restored. The castle is open daily.

Find out more at  Skipton Castle website.
Find on map:  Skipton Castle

Embsay station

Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway

Bolton Abbey station Embsay, near Skipton, to Bolton Abbey station
Operates from Embsay, about 1.5 miles from Skipton, to Bolton Abbey station about a mile away from the attractive priory ruins and beauty spot beside the River Wharfe at Bolton Abbey. The railway runs trains on most days during the summer and at weekends at other times of year, except January. It also has a range of special weekend events, dining trains and footplate and signal box experience courses. Tank engines are the mainstay of steam operations on the line, but the railway also has a collection of historic diesel locomotives.

More information at the  Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway website.
Find on map:  Embsay Station

Ingleborough Cave

Ingleborough Cave

Near Clapham
This show cave about a 1-mile walk from the centre of Clapham village is one of the natural wonders of the Yorkshire Dales which has been attracting visitors over a period of 180 years. Underground tours along concrete paths in floodlit passages reveal a world of stalactites and stalagmites. The cave is open daily from mid-February to the end of October. Not to be missed if visiting the cave is Trow Gill, a short walk further up the valley from the cave entrance. The spectacular ravine was carved by the melt waters of the ice age.

More information at the  Ingleborough Cave website.
Find on map:  Ingleborough Cave

Kilnsey Park

Kilnsey Park

Kilnsey Park Estate, off B6160 at Kilnsey
The scenic Kilnsey Park Estate has a cafe, local produce shop and an activity centre centred around its trout farm, offering fly fishing and family fun fishing lakes. It also offers an insight into nature through its trout raceways, reserve of wildflowers, red squirrel enclosure, butterfly gardens and bee observation hive and has farm animals and children's play areas.

More information at the  Kilnsey Park Estate website.
Find on map:  Kilnsey Park

Stump Cross Caverns

Stump Cross Caverns

On B6265 Hebden Road, near Greenhow Hill
Situated around 5 miles west-south-west of Pateley Bridge, Stump Cross Caverns are show caves with some impressive stalactites and stalagmites among the limestone features reached by steps leading beneath the ground. A cafe with fine views across the nearby hills is also situated at the show cave entrance.

Find on map:  Stump Cross Caverns

Emergency services

North Yorkshire Police  North Yorkshire Police website.

North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service  North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.

Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust  Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust website.

Local government

Civil parish council

Ingleton Parish Council
Provides some local services in the area.
Link to council website  Ingleton Parish Council

District authority

Craven District Council

Craven District Council is one of the seven large district authorities within the county of North Yorkshire.

It covers more than 450 square miles of the western area of North Yorkshire with its administrative centre in Skipton.

It has boundaries with the Richmondshire and Harrogate districts of North Yorkshire, the Bradford district of West Yorkshire and with Lancashire and Cumbria, including parts of both counties which were formerly in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Much of the district is within the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

The council is made up of 30 councillors. They are elected for 4-year terms with one-third of the council elected each year in three out of four years. An election of one-third of the council due to be held in 2020 has been postponed to 2021.

Link to  Craven District Council website.

The political composition after the May 2019 election was:

151 Con Ind832 1
30 members

County authority

North Yorkshire County Council
Includes Craven and six other non-unitary districts of North Yorkshire.
 North Yorkshire County Council website.

Police and Crime Commissioner

Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire
Covers the county of North Yorkshire and City of York.
 Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire website.

Fire Authority

The North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service was previously governed by the North Yorkshire Combined Fire Authority made up of elected members from across the broad areas of North Yorkshire and City of York councils which it serves. Following a ministerial announcement in June 2018 the governance of the fire service was transferred to the Police and Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire from 15 November 2018.
Further information at the  North Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service website.
 Police and Crime Commissioner North Yorkshire website.

National government region

Yorkshire and the Humber

Ceremonial county

North Yorkshire


-1974 In the West Riding of Yorkshire.

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