Ingleborough Nature Reserve

  • Magnificent limestone scenery
  • Good long distance views
  • Accessible and short walk for all

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 when the weather is good the walk improves immeasurably. 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 although the most likely is some large brown cows. Juniper bushes complete the picture.

The walk we did was from just south of Selside where the Pennine Bridleway crosses the main road. We had to walk on the bridleway because Debbie North was walking with us in her terrain hopper. As it turned out, this is a lovely way to explore the area and it also avoids the less interesting path in to Horton. The circuit has some lovely views with none better than the views over Crummockdale 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 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.

Download GPX file

Ingleborough Nature Reserve map

Ingleborough Nature Reserve map

All maps are copyright of Where2Walk © 2020

OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West YD South & West OL2 Buy Map
Start Point: SD 788746. 1/2 mile south of Selside on the B6479 (where the Pennine Bridleway crosses) there is roadside parking for 5 or 6 cars
Height to Climb: 100 m (330 feet)
Terrain: Easy walking through limestone scenery and short grass. The limestone can be slippy in wet conditions but perfect in dry.
Eating & Drinking: There are 2 pubs 2 miles south at Horton in Ribblesdale
Similar Walks Nearby: Norber Erratics and Crummockdale
Limestone walking above Feizor
Twisleton Scar near Whernside
Places to Stay: