GREAT OUTDOORS WEST BURTON AND AYSGARTH For stunning waterfalls The Dales are renowned for their beautiful waterfalls, formed as a result of the erosion of softer stones sitting on top of a limestone shelf, and a visit to one is always a highlight of any walk. This five-mile circuit begins with the famous triple cascade at Aysgarth Falls (and we have a top tip for getting the best and quietest view of the lower falls) before some peaceful riverside walking on the quiet, southern side of the River Ure. The route takes you over classic Dales farmland scenery to the beautiful village of West Burton, which has its own lovely waterfall, Cauldron Force, tucked away on the village edge (a great spot for a paddle, or even a dip if you’re feeling brave!), before heading back to Aysgarth through sloping fields that give wonderful views down Bishopdale and Walden. Refuel with a homemade cake at the Mill Race Tearoom on the bridge by the falls. Ingleborough is a big walk that’s worth it for big views INGLEBOROUGH FROM CLAPHAM For a classic summit It’s always an amazing feeling to reach the top of a mountain and our pick of the Dales mountain routes is to the summit of Ingleborough from the picture-perfect village of Clapham. A long but hugely rewarding 11-mile round trip that takes you through tunnels, along a walled track and through a limestone gill before reaching England’s second deepest cave, with its highest unbroken waterfall pouring over the rim. Head over Little Ingleborough to reach the broad summit plateau, home to the remains of an Iron Age fort. The descent takes you through fantastic limestone scenery and the unusual Norber Erratics – large boulders often balancing on small plinths that were dumped by glaciers thousands of years ago – before returning to Clapham for a wellearned rest at the 18th century New Inn. Aysgarth Falls are a triple flight of waterfalls carved out by the River Ure over nearly a mile in the Yorkshire Dales N muddybootswalkingholidays.com Matt and Helen Coppin and their family hope to spread a love of the Yorkshire Dales with walkers of all abilities Yorkshire Life: October 2020 45
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