Ingleborough from Clapham

Route info Medium
Distance 10 miles*
Time 3 hrs 20 mins
Low Point 150 m (approx)
High Point 723 m (approx)
Height gain 573 m (approx)
Terrain Farms, road, and paths
Bogs Minimal
Dogs Ok on leads
Cow count 0
Enjoyment rating (5 = best) ★★★★

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*Calculated by Ordnance Survey GPS

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Health stats Approx
Steps taken 21,251
*Calories burned – 10 st – 140 lbs 1,388 cals
*Calories burned – 18 st – 252 lbs  2,499 cals

*Calories burned uses this calculator and is worked out as though we are walking ‘level’.  If inclines were added it should be higher.



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(My GPS failed for about a mile near the Trig so I have added this in manually)

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Route description

Ingleborough is one of the famous Yorkshire Dales three peaks and is the second highest mountain in the Yorkshire Dales.  Today was my fourth visit to the top and I met up with Rodger who loves the area like me.  Initially I had some time constraints and wasn’t sure if I’d be able to do the full walk, but once up there I decided my work could wait for another day.

Ingleborough from Clapham is one of four main routes up the mountain.  The others being from Ingleton,  Horton in Ribblesdale and another from Chapel-le-Dale.  (There is also another less popular route up from Park Fell Simon Fell which I have descended before).

We parked up at the car park off Church Avenue but sometimes you can be lucky enough to get a parking spot by Clapham Beck.  I can’t remember how much parking was but I remember it not being too hefty.  There are also toilets and refreshments from a nearby cafe here.

  1. Turn right out of the car park and head north up Church Avenue. Bear left at the church and then right at the cottages. Take in a view of the waterfall on Clapham Beck.
  2. Carry on up Riverside Road and bear left at the entrace to the trail (I usually go through here but Rodger suggested another route) a little further along. After say 40m take a right up Clapham Lane.
  3. Eventually you will come to a farm called Clapdale, here the route takes a left down towards Clapdale Drive. Take a left here and you’ll reach the cave after about 200m.
  4. The route sweeps left and takes you up Trow Gill. Scarmble up the dried up waterfall and enjoy the views of the spectacular gorge.
  5. Follow the drystone wall for about 500m and cross the wall over the stile. Now heading towards Little Ingleborough.
  6. The steep steps up to Little Ingleborough. Once at the top carry on along the path up to the top of Ingleborough.
  7. From the trig point retrace your steps back towards Little Ingleborough.
  8. When the ground levels keep your eyes peeled for a path to the right (before you reach the shelter).  You’ll know you’re on the correct track if you see a cairn to the left of the track.
  9. Eventually you will reach a sheepfold and from here you’ll see a number of cairns at an area called ‘Grey Scars’. Head directly for the cairns and then head east towards the marked path.
  10. When at the marked path, turn right (south) and head down to Newby Cote farm.
  11. Turn left onto Old Road which leads back to Clapham.
  12. As you reach Clapham the road sweeps right but we took Eggshell Lane where there is a ‘unsuitable for wide and high sided vehicles’. This lane rejoins the Church Avenue so follow the road back down to the car park.

On this route

Clapham Car Park, Church Avenue, Clapham Beck, Clapdale Lane, Clapdale, Clapdale Drive, Ingleborough Cave, Trow Gill,  Gaping Gill (passing), Little Ingleborough, Swine Tail, Ingleborough,  Ingleborough Common, Cloven Stone, Sheepfolds, Grey Scars,  Low Trough,  Cote Haw, Newby Cote,  Crosshaw, Old Road, Eggshell Lane.