Ingleborough is a fine mountain. It can be approached from four alternative routes, but this one from Ingleton is probably the most straightforward.

The return is normally via the same route, but a different descent down the steeper grassy slopes from Little Ingleborough is preferable.

The walk starts roadside on the B6255 which runs from Ingleton to Ribblehead. The start is through open sheep countryside on a wide bridleway. After half a mile the track becomes a lane enclosed on each side by stone walls. After one mile the track leaves the lane through a gate and past two benches.

It is a little early to stop, though, so continue up past Crina Bottom, a lonely house recently turned in to a small, offgrid B&B. The farm house was built in 1630 and being a mile-and-a-half from the road has its own power (wind) and biomass boiler. The walker continues past the house, alongside a small stream until it starts to climb towards the distant mountain.

Ingleborough looks great from here, the flat topped summit is beautifully shown with a blue sky behind (clearly in cloud you will have to imagine the views!). The path climbs steadily through limestone outcrops for one mile until confronted with the final steep pull on to the summit plateau. The path at this stage is steep and rocky. However the steep section does not last long and soon pops out on the vast, nearly flat. Summit plateau.

Fortunately this route up Ingleborough emerges very close to the summit marked by an enormous cairn, trig point and large cross shelter. The views across to Whernside to the north very impressive.

The summit has an interesting history. Although it’s now believed that the plateau was used in the Bronze Age for some rituals and paganism for a long while it was believed to be a Roman fort. More recently a building was constructed in the early 19th century as a shelter for those shooting grouse, sadly it was burned down in the 1830s after a wild night partying (allegedly!).

From the summit it is easy to return via the outbound route but better (in good weather) is to head just north of east for 250m to a path, marked by a cairn, that descends from the plateau to your right/south. After a rough start the path flattens and heads due south for one mile towards Little Ingleborough.

Before reaching Little Ingleborough veer off the track to your right/west and join a faint path in the short grass heading just south of west. The path is intermittent but it does not matter if you do not follow it as this is easy terrain and in access land with a right to roam.

It is nearly two miles down the nearly uniform slopes to the Old Road at Cold Cotes with splendid views to the west, not mountainous but all the way to Morecambe Bay. Towards the road the walls on either side will funnel you in to a farm track that connects with the road. Turn right and follow the road downhill for a mile and a half in to Ingleton.

Fact box:

Distance: 8 miles.

Height to climb: 620m (2,040 feet).

Start: SD 708738. There are 2 large car parks in the town centre, less than 10 minutes walk from the start of the bridleway.

Difficulty: Moderate/hard. The walk is tougher returning via Ingleborough Common.

Refreshments: There is a choice of pubs and cafes in Ingleton.

Be prepared: The route description and sketch map only provide a guide to the walk. You must take out and be able to read a map (O/S Explorer OL2) and in cloudy/misty conditions a compass. You must also wear the correct clothing and footwear for the outdoors. Whilst every effort is made to provide accurate information, walkers head out at their own risk. Please observe the Countryside Code and park sensibly.

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