As the weather was forecast to be changeable this Spring Bank Holiday Monday, David and I went for a five mile walk along the very commercial Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. The trail boasts 20 falls with six main viewpoints. The well defined path (no worries about getting lost), follows two rivers (Twiss and Doe), and meanders through an oak wood before crossing open moorland. The area is a designated SSSI. Instead of parking charges there is a relatively steep £7 each for admittance (that was my only bugbear!) We spent a leisurely three hours walking the trail and were lucky the weather stayed dry.
On our walk we focused on the sights, sounds and smells of nature. Before we reached the first waterfall on the trail, we spied a parent dipper feeding its two fledged youngsters. It was fascinating to watch as the adult would plunge into the water, swim and then pop up with insects or fish in its beak. The two fledglings stood begging with open mouths waiting for the parent to bring back breakfast. The scene was a highlight of our visit and David got some great footage.
As we continued our walk, climbing upwards through woodland the smell of garlic scented the air and the path was awash with wild garlic (ransoms). I attempted to focus more on the flora of the area and noted a splash of bluebells among emerging woodruff and the odd early purple orchid. I identified the latter two with the help of the app PlantSnap, thanks to Sharon for the suggestion. (Sorry for the poor shot of the orchid.)
Of course the waterfalls were undoubtedly the star attraction. Here’s a selection of photos by David and I.
Have you walked the Ingleton Falls Trail? What did you get up to during the bank holiday?
Thanks for reading,
Christine we are going camping in Ingleton with friends at the weekend! We have been before 2 years ago and walked the trail then with them. Not sure what our plans are this time…but wouldn’t surprise me if we did it again. I think we split up into ‘ families’ to try and get cheaper entry. Yay ~ glad Plantsnap is helping. Don’t think I would know those flowers either without looking them up. Wonderful photos of the dipper and young. I love dippers. Reminds me of the starlings I have coming to my feeders. Two adults were feeding three chicks ( who were bigger than them almost) yesterday. X
Lovely, I’m feeling enriched now, my five hour walk was around Glasgow looking for a dress, up hill and down dale but not half as pretty. There were a couple of gulls fighting over roadkill but your beautiful peaceful scenes remind me I need to enjoy a bit more nature. Hopefully I’ll have some time on the next stop of the tour. I forgot my yoga mat last time so I remembered to pack it today.
I hate parking charges too especially when you just can’t get to some places without a vehicle. I hope the Council spend it just on the beauty spot.
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You can always enjoy nature in the city too. It’s amazing what you see if you focus a little and see the smaller things, like a bee enjoying a flower or a plant growing in the unlikely of places. Hope you got your dress? We ended up in Manchester on Saturday looking for a specific dress, they had all sold out of my size in Liverpool and the only one available was in the Trafford Centre. Lucky for me it was the last left. I managed to get it and can’t wait to wear it at the weekend 🙂 x
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