Ingleborough Nature Reserve is a vast area of spectacular limestone pavements and scars along the eastern and southern slopes of Ingleborough. Any walk through the area is a joy but best when the limestone is dry.
When the sun shines the limestone gleams. I would recommend walking amongst the limestone and not just looking at it. With this you can see a myriad of insects, butterflies and wild flowers. You may also see some Curlew, bats and roe deer. Having said that I always tend to notice the large brown cows on this walk. Juniper bushes complete the picture.
The walk we did was from just south of Selside where the Pennine Bridleway crosses the main road. We followed the bridleway which is always best for Debbie North who joined us in her all terrain hopper. The bridleway provided an ideal approach to the limestone landscape. On arrival we were able to circle a large field of limestone as it was on access land. This meant that you can walk pretty much anywhere. However when I tried to film here for Channel 5 recently the cost of ‘hiring’ the area was prohibitive. The circuit has some lovely views but none better than the views over Crummackdale with Pendle Hill in the distance. Pen y Ghent also stands out but unless you head for the Sulber Trig Point there are no views of all of the Yorkshire 3 Peaks.
At grid reference SD 777732 there is a small gate overlooking a fine area of limestone and further over to Crummockdale. It has one of the finest views in Britain.
A walk that leaves the Rights of Way in access land to enjoy the delights of walking in beautiful limestone country. Stick to the wall when heading east from Sulber Nick.
Thank you for this post. Its very inspiring.
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