Kingsdale
Ingleton, South Dales

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Whernside
Kingsdale

Situated in the western part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, on the very edge of Cumbria, lies the stunning valley of Kingsdale.

The impressive limestone landscape is filled with hidden natural rock formations, caves and potholes formed by the constant flow of water through and over the rock. Potholing is very popular here as some of the finest pots in the country, including some novice and a number of very challenging shafts can be found in western Kingsdale.

The valley runs between the mountains of Gragareth and Whernside and contains Kingsdale Beck, which eventually becomes the River Greta when it descends to Ingleton. The valley also forms part of the Yorkshire Dales Cycleway and is a very popular place for walkers, cyclists and climbers. The countryside around the valley is rugged and green with areas of woodland supporting a wide variety of wildlife and is also excellent bird watching country.

Gragareth is one of the highest mountains in the area at 627 meters high and is situated just outside the Yorkshire Dales National Park on the border with East Cumbria. Climbing to the summit is quite challenging but the views are breathtaking and reach far across the fells towards Morecambe Bay. The Three Men of Gragareth are tall landmark cairns which form part of the western side of the mountain.

Whernside, one of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks. stands on the eastern side of the valley. The...

 

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