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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Day 3 – Sukkertoppen

After last nights post there was a lovely sunset.

Sunset over Valderøya The sun sets at almost 11pm, and rises again at 4am. It never gets past civil twilight, so it is never truly dark. Sunset from Ãlesund

It’s really odd to be going to bed when it is still light!

Midnight cruise

On to today. The weather forecast was predicting rain, but in actual fact it has been really hot. I’ve caught the sun on my chest and one arm v_v Who comes to Norway to get a tan? Up to Sukkertoppen

We set off just after 10am. As we don’t have a car we had to walk to the hike. This took us an hour.

Up to Sukkertoppen II We got to the start of the hike, where it is covered by trees and the ground a mix of mud, roots and rocks. The start of the hike is quite steep and the ground is uneven. View from Sukkertoppen

After about 10 minutes we came to a viewing point, so we had a bit of a rest and a drink (After all we had been walking for an hour before this!)

Sunnmøre Alps from Sukkertoppen Once you get out of the trees, it’s a bit flatter and easier to walk on. There is also the added bonus of no roots. As much as I love the look of an exposed root, they’re not the greatest to walk on. Sunnmøre Alps

Towards the top it gets steeper again, but it’s just rocks. The views at the top are spectacular, and as it was a nice, sunny day we could see for miles.

View from the Top

At the top it was really hot. We sat down for a bit and ate some dinner before walking back down. The walk down seemed a lot easier, but we both really needed a drink, and as it was Sunday the supermarkets were closed. Luckily a little cafe had opened at 1, so we popped in there and got a slush puppy and a diet coke/iced tea (And a bit of a sit down) before walking the rest of the way back to the hotel.
A lovely day, which was nothing like the weather forecast predicted!

Reflections

Reflections // 10 01 1602 // 52

We (kB and I) have decided that as part of my Project 52 we will go on a walk once a month (at least) to a different place each time and then go for a pub lunch.

Even though last weekend we went out for photo number 1 in the series, we decided to go out again this weekend. Mainly because I was going to go out anyway, and I think kB wanted a pub lunch. Besides we didn’t go out after we’d shot last weeks photo as we were a bit damp so we just came straight home.

The pub we went to is called The Norfolk Arms, and I think we got there at just about the right time as people couldn’t get a seat about 10 minutes after we had ordered. We’ve driven past this pub loads of times, but it was the first time we’ve been inside it.
kB ordered a New York Deli burger and I have a mushroom thing, as the soup of the day was Carrot and Coriander, and I don’t like coriander.
Anywhoo it was very nice and as I pointed out to kB on the way home this time next week the walk and pub location will be in Loch Lomond as we’ll be half way to Skye!

 

Even deeper

Ever deeper // 06 12 15340 // 365

This was one of the weirdest experiences. I’d got waders on, but I’ve never worn them before. The places where the water was touching them felt colder than the rest of me, but it was that kind of colder where you’re not sure if it’s cold or wet. So I did spend some time wondering if they had a slow leak.
Anyway, this went off without incident, and also without an audience. Except for kB who was shouting things like “Be careful of rat piss” (He’s obsessed with rat wee), “This is a fishing lake I think, be careful of pike they’ll eat you”, “If it is a fishing lake then it’ll just drop off at some point, I’m not coming in to help unless it’s an emergency”. Feel the love ❤

Morning dew

Morning dew // 16 03 15075 // 365
The more I talk, the worse it gets. Clearly this isn’t an award winning combo for a teacher. By the end of lunch I’d pretty much given on trying to talk loud, luckily my class in the afternoon are nice so it wasn’t a problem. One of the girls would shout for everyone to pipe down and I’d give them instructions.
I really feel like poo though, it feels like my throat is closing in on itself, plus I now have a headache and I’m off to Manchester to see a gig (To make it worse I don’t even like the music, but if I don’t go kB has no one to go with!)

Lumsdale Waterfall

Lumsdale Waterfall // 27 08 14239 // 365

Today I went out for a walk around Lumsdale Waterfalls. It has been on my ‘to do list’ for ages now. I set off fairly early as I’ve never been before and I was told that the closest parking spot only has room for about 4 cars. When I got there it was 10am and there was only me there ^_^
I snapped some shots, wandered around and was generally impressed with the place. I had loads of ideas for what to do the next time I visit there!
Lumsdale Waterfall

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