The Howgills and Limestone Trail  


HALT STAGE 8 - Ireby to Chapel le Dale


Starting point: Ireby (SD 654754)
Distance: 8.75 miles
Ascent:
1540'
Date: Wednesday 8th August 2012

All of the photographs on these Gallery pages were taken by Derek Cockell when he and his wife Alison helped to test walk the route after it was devised by David and Heather Pitt. The test walk took place during the summer and autumn of 2011 and spring and summer 2012. Please note that all photos in this gallery are copyright of Derek Cockell and are not to be used without express permission.

Route: From Ireby, walk through fields heading east towards Masongill. Passing Masongill House continue east and then southeast passing Fell Side and Westgate. Cross Westgate Road and continue in the same direction, passing through the ruin of Cowgill Farm and on to a minor road, turning right to enter the grounds of Thornton Hall. A footpath across fields leads into Ingleton. The route now follows the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail (admission charge) through Swilla Glen and after passing Thornton Force crosses Ravenray bridge across the River Twiss and climbs out of the glen into the Doe valley. Turn left along Oddie's Lane along the line of an old Roman road and walk into Chapel le Dale.


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Ireby


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A new bridge across a boggy bit


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Approaching Masongill


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Masongill


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The lane leading away from Masongill


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Passing Masongill House


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The scenery on this section of the walk


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Westgate Farm ahead


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A radio station in the landscape


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The ruined buildings at Cowgill Farm ...


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... and the facilities


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Ingleborough ahead


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A gentle walk into Ingleton
The route now follows the western valley of the |ngleton Waterfalls Trail, called Swilla Glen.
There is an admission charge (£5 for an adult in 2012).

Alfred Wainwright described this walk in Walks in Limestone Country:
'Surely of its kind, this is the most delightful walk
in the country? And not only delightful: it is interesting and exciting and captivating and, in places, awesome. Here Nature,
always bountiful, has been lavish indeed: charming rivers, sparkling waterfalls, wooded ravines, sinister pools and gorges
all combine to present a pageant of unexcelled beauty and grandeur. Here, loveliness walks abreast.
'
Walks in Limestone Country, Walk 6 p. 1


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Swilla Glen and the River Twiss


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A rocky gorge


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The 'money tree'


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River Twiss


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Swilla Glen just before the waterfalls


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Lower Pecca Falls ahead


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Lower Pecca Falls


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Lower Pecca Falls


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Pecca Twin Falls


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Hollybush Spout


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The old refreshment hut and an intriguing notice ...


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... even more intriguing when you look left!


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Thornton Force


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A popular stopping place on the Trail


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A closer view of Thornton Force


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Two happy wanderers


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River Twiss above Thornton Force


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A good path leads to Ravenray Bridge


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Ravenray Bridge where a crossing is made and the climb out of the valley that can be seen on the right


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Kingsdale Beck


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Everyone pleased to find an ice-cream van on a very warm day


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Ingleborough will be climbed on the next stage of the walk


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Walk along this quiet lane, a former Roman road to Chapel le Dale


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Redundant tractor


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Chapel le Dale


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St Leonard's Church and the end of this stage of the walk





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