Ingleton Waterfall Trail, Yorkshire Dales

Ingleton Waterfall Trail As has become a tradition, we go away for my birthday. It started when I turned 30, when everyone chipped in and we went to the Isle of Skye for 5 days. Last year we went to Malham in the Yorkshire Dales.

 

This year we went back to the Yorkshire Dales, but we went to Ingleton instead.
Ingleton has (a lot of other things I’m sure) a waterfall trail, and a cave system.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail Even though I’d chosen it as my place to go, I didn’t really expect it to be much; there were no good pictures of the waterfall trail or caves online when I had a quick search, so my expectations were pretty low. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

The week before we set off I printed out the Waterfall Trail leaflet, and was surprised when it said the walk was 2 1/2 – 4 hours.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail The weather forecast looked so poor on the run up that we considered moving the booking to the weekend after, but my gut said stay with this weekend, so we did. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

We drove up on Saturday morning, and as predicted, it was chucking it down with rain. By the time we got to the waterfall car park (it’s about a two hour drive). So with fingers crossed we set off on the circular walk.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail It was a fair walk before we saw the first waterfall, but it was a lot bigger an more impressive than I was expecting it to be. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

There was a clear path all the way around, and a places there were bridges built into the walk, so we walked right in front of the waterfalls in places.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail As well as walking around the river/waterfalls there were also chunks of the walk where we were in the hills. It was a bit misty, which I love. I love winter time; the grass is an odd yellow colour and the trees are bare, and add in a bit of mist and it is just perfect. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

The walk has a lot of stairs in it, and most of the walk was on rocks so it was uneven. Even though it was advertised as strenuous and we scoffed at it, it was more steps and walking than either of us expected.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail Having said that we made it around in 3 hours, even with various photo stops and drone flying stops. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

At points it was far too windy to fly my drone, and at other points there were a lot of trees and I didn’t feel too confident flying it.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail One of the waterfalls was in an open spot with some benches which was ideal for flying my drone, as it was also surround by hills. Ingleton Waterfall Trail

Once we had completed the walk we checked into the hotel and had tea. We were both tired so we went to bed really early. We’d been up since 730.

Ingleton Waterfall Trail

In hindsight, I probably should have popped out to see the viaduct before tea…

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The Lake District – Day 4; The Drive Home

Castle Cragg I had a lie in today, I didn’t get up until 730! Hehe The people who own the cottage I stopped in said they had noticed me leaving early every morning; the early bird catches the best light. Not much to report from today, other than the 3 hour drive was uneventful, but I did keep stopping on the way out of Derwent Water to grab shots. Derwent Water

Once I was on the A66 though it was a clear drive home, apart from toilet stops and petrol stops. The Lake District was lovely, and I’m glad I visited.

Derwent Water

The Lake District – Day 1; Catbells, Buttermere and Honister Pass

Catbells This morning I got up bright and early, and set off on a three hour drive to the Lake District. Sunset, Honsiter Pass

I arrived at Derwent Water at about 10, and after quickly unpacking and the people who own the accommodation pointing out the best walks I set off to hike up Catbells.

Sunset, Honsiter Pass This is my first solo holiday, and up until setting off up the mountain (It’s only a small one, but it’s still a mountain!) I was starting to regret going on my own. There is something about sharing a view with someone. Sunset, Buttermere

And there is definitely something about not having to carry 10KG of camera equipment, and a tripod, and your lunch and a bottle of water, and your layers all on your own. (Shout out to kB here, as he normally carries my layers, water and tripod!)

Sunset, Honsiter Pass I’m also petty rubbish at steep climbs with uneven steps, and this is what Catbells is at first. Catbells

Once I could see the summit I was fine, and going down it always easier that going up!

Catbells I then went back to the cottage for a bit, and had some lunch. Catbells

Then I set off out to Honister Pass, but I drove here. The sunset itself was a nothing event (too many mountains perhaps), but before the sun set the sky was a lovely colour.

Catbells I finished off by trying to get the a jetty at Derwent Water, but the one closest to where I am staying had about 5 people setting up fairy lights on it, so I left it and came home. Catbells

Pizza and sticky toffee pudding for tea, and I am more than ready for bed!

Catbells Catbells

Catbells

Sunset on the Moorlands

The weather promised me that it the clouds would go for the sunset, but an hour before the sun would dip below the horizon line, it was still pretty cloudy.

Heather I decided it was worth the risk, and the trip out, so I put some clothes back on (I’d had a shower and gotten straight into my jim jams from the Abbey walk earlier in the day) and off we went up the hill out of the valley to the car park at the top. Heather

How patiently I waited when we got to the car park at the top! I wandered around trying to find a good patch of heather, set up shop and waited. The longer I waited the more the clouds parted.

Heather Heather

Every day there has been a rainbow at around the same time (just before sunset) in the same place. How bizarre!

Heather Heather

Isle of Arran – Day 2

Witches Step, North Sannox

After a rather miserable start to the morning, it brightened up around noon. We managed to squeeze in a couple of walks (North Sannox and Glen Sannox) as well as a trip to the distillery. Witches Step, North Sannox

A gym session in the morning and two walks has left us a bit pooped.

Isle of Arran Overall Arran is exceeding my expectations, which I had set low after Skye and Norway last year. Glen Sannox

North Sannox

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