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 also suggest walking amongst the limestone, not just looking at it. A walk on the pavements is a walk through a myriad of insects, butterflies and wild flowers. Curlew, bats and roe deer are larger animals which may be seen although the most likely sitting is likely to be 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 is a lovely way to explore the area and avoids the path in to Horton that lacks interest. 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 well 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.

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Ingleborough Nature Reserve map

Ingleborough Nature Reserve map

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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, 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
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