The Gauber and Ingleborough National Nature Reserve walk in the Yorkshire Dales

Briefly south-east along Gauber Road followed by a steep south-westerly ascent to reach the summit of Park Fell. Further south-west to Simon Fell and south to join the Dales High Way before heading east over to Sulber and the Ingleborough National Nature Reserve. North-east across the Ribblesdale valley to meet up with the Pennine Bridleway, crossing the B6479 and the River Ribble on the way, then north to High Birkwith. Finally north-west back to Gauber Road via Nether Lodge and Ingman Lodge, a route used by walkers of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge. An 11-mile walk in the Yorkshire Dales.


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The Settle to Carlisle Railway

This 72-mile railway line was built by the Midland Railway Company and was completed for passenger travel in 1876. It took six years to build, by men who had to endure harsh conditions in a challenging landscape. According to Visit Cumbria (https://www.visitcumbria.com/carlset), the railway boasts the following features:

  • 380 numbered bridges (including 14 tunnels & 21 viaducts).
  • 20 stations (11 open, 9 closed).
  • 12 signal boxes (10 operational, 2 preserved).
  • Approximately 150 railway workers’ houses (all now in private ownership).
  • Approximately 100 line-side huts (all disused and in various stages of decay).
  • One aqueduct (recently restored).
  • One original water tower (in Settle, recently restored as a home).

Salt Lake Quarry Nature Reserve, originally the northern half of a quarry that was dug to provide stone for the Settle to Carlisle railway line.


Stone kiln next to the Salt Lake Quarry Nature Reserve.


Limestone pavement near Colt Park, with Whernside in the background.


The view back to Colt Park as we start the ascent of Park Fell.


Mike on the lower north-east slopes of Park Fell.


Triangulation pillar on Park Fell summit, height 563 metres (1847 feet).


The view north from Souther Scales Fell towards Whernside and Blea Moor.


The view of Ingleborough from the northern flanks of Simon Fell.

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Great views of Ingleborough from Simon Fell as we traverse the limestone pavement and peat bogs.


Footpath between Nick Pot and Sulber, well used by walkers of the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge.


The distinctive junction at Sulber. The Ingleborough to Horton in Ribblesdale path crosses the B6479 to Clapham Pennine Bridleway.


The Pennine Bridleway between the B6479 and the Settle to Carlisle railway line.


Pen-y-ghent and the Ribblesdale valley floor.


Wooden footbridge carrying the Pennine Bridleway across the River Ribble.


The River Ribble, which begins at the confluence of Gayle Beck and Batty Wife Beck near Ribblehead Viaduct. It is the only major river rising in Yorkshire which flows westward, following a course through Settle, Clitheroe, Ribchester and Preston before emptying into the Irish Sea between Lytham St. Annes and Southport.

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Brow Gill Beck flowing beneath God’s Bridge between High Birkwith and Nether Lodge.


Footbridge across Ling Gill Beck at Nether Lodge.


Ling Gill Beck at Nether Lodge.


The view across to Ashes Eller Bank from Gauber Road.


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