Trow Gill
Trow Gill

It was a warm but cloudy Saturday afternoon and we headed to the picturesque village of Clapham to walk up to Trow Gill.

Clapham sits at the bottom of Ingleborough and is a popular starting point for walking the mountain.  Today we took part of the same route (as though we walking up to the top) but turned back before the main ascent up Little Ingleborough.

There is so much to see on the slopes of Ingleborough and I have to say it is my favourite of the mountain of Yorkshire Three Peaks.

The first part of the walk is along Clapdale Drive by Clapham Lake which is in the Ingleborough Nature Trail.  There is a very modern honesty box here, which prints out a ticket for you.  The price is currently 60p for adults and 30p for children.

The main idea today was to see Trow Gill, shake holes (recommended to me by Matt from www.mypennines.co.uk) and the Norber Erratics.  We missed the latter two, which was partly down to bad navigation and also time.  But I don’t mind this because it gives me an excuse to go back.

We did see Trow Gill, a spectacular dry gorge which was possibly once an underground cavern – with the roof having now collapsed.  A little while after Trow Gill we turned around and walked on the other side of Clapham Lake, along the Peninne Bridleway.

This was a nice easy walk, perhaps suitable for people who are wanting to build up their fitness to be able to ascend Ingleborough.

Distance 5.37 miles
Time 3 hrs
Low Point About 150m
High Point 410m (2.5 Blackpool towers)
Terrain Good tracks
Bogs Hardly any
Dogs A good dog walk
Estimated Calories burned 400 cals

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On this route

Clapham, Ingleborough Nature Trail, Clapdale Trail, Ingleborough Cave, Trow Gill, Clapham Bottoms, Long Lane (Track)