When you’re in the Yorkshire Dales, it’s inevitable that at some point you’re going to go walking and take in the breathe-taking scenery. I’m not great at map reading (let’s put it that way) so an easily identifiable path to follow was a must for us.
We asked for some local recommendations and also did a google search and came to the conclusion we would try the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. It cost £6 per adult (I think £15 for a family of 4?!) and parking was included in the price. Dogs go free! The whole walk is around 4 miles (although it feels a lot further!) and takes between 2.5 & 4 hours. We did it in around 3.
It certainly wasn’t the easiest path to walk on! Because of the landscape, the paths were very uneven in places, very steep and there were quite a few big drops down- not great if you’re scared of heights! But we didn’t mind, we like an adventure and found the challenge quite enjoyable. Just remember your walking boots!
After about a 15 minutes we arrived at the first waterfall, I think there were 6 in total?! The natural landscape was beautiful to see! For about 80% of the route, you walk adjacent to the river, it’s so peaceful to listen to the running water! When we went it had been raining quite heavily for a few days so the river was very fast flowing, but had it been a little steadier there would have been a few great paddling spots for Piper!
After climbing up a a big hill, around two thirds of the way round there is a little cafe to have a break & a drink. Here we had stunning views over the Dales!
The route back takes you back down the other side of the river, past a working quarry! (So be wary if you have a dog scared of big bangs!) Luckily whilst we were walking past there were no explosions. At the very end of the walk you walk through the Town of Ingleton. There were some lovely shops & cafes which I’m sure would be dog friendly!
On returning to the car it was fair to say we were certainly pooped! The walk had felt a lot longer than we were expecting but we had a great time nonetheless and we got to experience some stunning scenery. I would recommend the walk to anyone who is visiting the area- just remember to take some water with you!
Piper is wearing her Dog Copenhagen harness with matching lead in these photos.
We hope you’ve enjoyed reading about our Waterfall Trail adventure!
E & P x