Sunday 23 February 2020
A guided day walk as part of a small group of usually no more than six people plus your guide, to explore some of the amazing limestone geological features of the Yorkshire Dales, and to also experience them underground, with a tour of the famous Ingleborough Caves.
Starting form the village of Clapham, we first take a stroll up the privately owned Ingleborough Estate Nature Trail, to Ingleborough Caves for a tour of the underground world of limestone passageways with their spectacular stalactites and stalagmites.
After the cave tour we continue up the hillside to clamber up though Trow Gill, a deep, narrow limestone gorge. Our next point of interest is Gaping Gill where we can watch a stream cascading into a deep hole in the ground, entering one of the largest underground chambers in England. Our walk continues over open moorland, eventually ascending up onto the high area known as Thwaite. This is covered with a distinctive geological feature called limestone pavement. From here, on a clear day there are panoramic views over the beautiful landscapes of the Yorkshire Dales. Our return to Clapham passes through the Norber Erratics where huge, oddly shaped boulders were deposited by glaciers thousands of years ago.
The distance of the walk (excluding the cave tour) is about 8 miles/13km with approx 440 metres of ascent. Paths are uneven in places and can be slippery, and include some steep sections. Part of the walk is over rough pathless terrain.
The price is £40 per person, which includes the entry fee to the Ingleborough Nature Trail and to the Inglebrough Caves. Please book and pay below. You are booking with Cath Lee.
We meet at 9:30am to be ready to set off at 9:45am at the entrance to the National Park Authority car park in the village of Clapham. Post code LA2 8EA. The car park is a pay & display and costs £4.50 per day. You might be able to find free roadside car parking nearby.
If you would like to stay locally the night before or after this walk, the villages of Clapham or Ingleton are ideal. If you are planning on arriving by public transport, please contact me to investigate the options.