Places to Visit, Things to do & Eat Local

Thornbrook Barn Touring Site is superbly situated for a short break or holiday in the Dales......

St Oswalds Church and The Marton Arms pub at Thornton in Lonsdale
St Oswalds Church and The Marton Arms pub at Thornton in Lonsdale

In the immediate area is Thornton-in-Lonsdale, a small hamlet just North of Ingleton. Just ten minutes walk from the site is The Church of St. Oswald which dates back to the 12th Century. The author of Sherlock Holmes, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was married here. Opposite the church is the Marton Arms pub, an independently owned freehouse serving good food, hand pulled beers and a great choice of gins!   Dogs friendly.

Opposite the site entrance on the A65 is Country Harvest, a combined food shop, gift shop and Coffee shop, open 7 days a week, with ample free parking including room to manoueuvre caravans and motorhomes. The foodhall sells fruit & vegetable, fresh meat including sausages and bacon, eggs, cheeses, milk, fresh bread and cakes, cooked meats & pies, ready meals, wine and local beers. The licensed coffee shop serves hot meals inc breakfast and snacks throughout the day.  From July 2020 open 10am-4pm each 7 days per week.

Ingleton Outdoor Swimming Pool
ngleton Outdoor Swimming Pool

Ingleton:  The site is just over half-a-mile from the village, a pleasant walk with fine views.  There is a newsagents, a few gift shops, Co-operative Store (with cash machine) chemist, household store, Fish & Chip shop, Indian take-away and a selection of cafes, tea rooms, an Italian Bistro and pubs.

The River Twiss from Kingsdale and the River Doe from Chapel-le-Dale meet in the centre of the village to form the River Greta. 

For Families:  By the river in the village of Ingleton there is a wonderful outdoor play area/park aswell as the heated outdoor swimming pool which is open late May to the end of August.   The swimming pool also holds Adult only sessions.  Picnics in the park and dabbling in the shallow river near the park can also be enjoyed.     

Places to visit

The Waterfalls Trail:  This famous walk is 4.5 miles alongside the River Twiss and then the River Doe, there are refreshment stops en-route. The river meets in the village to form the Greta, later joining the River Lune at Lancaster. The entrance to the trail is half-a-mile from the site. There is an entrance fee of £7.00 per adult and £3.00 per child.  Parking is free for ticket holders, although you can walk in a few minutes from our site to the entrance. (2020 rate).  

 

Cheese Press Stones with Ingleborough
Cheese Press Stones with Ingleborough

The challenging Three Peaks Walk - you can choose to walk all 24.5 miles in one day or walk each of them over three days!   Whernside is the highest at 736m, followed by Ingleborough at 723m, then Pen-y-ghent at 694m.

There are many leisurely strolls as well as challenging hikes locally,  the nearest valley is Kingsdale, from there you can access Whernside on a circular walk returning via Scales Moor and Twisleton Scar (12m), the shorter Kingsdale circuit (7m) takes in the fantastic limestone scenery with it 'pots' and caves. ...walk the Turbary Road, and see Rowten Pot and Yordas Cave.   

Ingleborough is accessible from the site via Ingleton village centre,  a walk of around 7.5 miles.  A more strenuous walk would be stepping over into Lancashire taking in 'Gragareth' ; one of the highest mountains in Lancashire, there are various routes and options available.  Shorter more leisurely walks over marked footpaths are easily accessible to take in the views and enjoy a picnic by the rivers and streams in the area.

There is also a selection of local walks starting from very close to the site known as 'Westhouse Walks"  Information is available in a printed guide. or downloadable PDF.  

A short drive or bus journey to either Austwick & Clapham will then lead you to walk the Norber Boulders, see the small hamlet of Feizor and in May see the Bluebells of Oxenber wood. on a circular walk from Austwick.   Ingleborough is also accessible from Clapham, via Trow Gill and Gaping Ghyll.

 

Ingleborough viewed through Ribblehead Viaduct
Ingleborough viewed through Ribblehead Viaduct
Dent Head Viaduct
Dent Head Viaduct

The Settle to Carlisle Railway: Known as 72 miles of scenic beauty this journey is popular with locals and visitors alike.  The train can be joined at Settle or Ribblehead.  At Ribblehead Station there is a visitor centre run by Settle & Carlisle Visitor Trust giving information about the construction of the line in the 1870's.    The itv drama series Jericho was based on a shanty village during the construction of Ribblehead Viaduct and scenes were filmed there.       

Ribblehead Viaduct
Ribblehead Viaduct
View towards Twistleton Scar and Ingleborough viewed from Kingsdale
View towards Twistleton Scar and Ingleborough viewed from Kingsdale

Ingleborough Cave: Walk the 1.2 miles from Clapham to the cave, past lakes and through woods before enjoying a guided tour of the cave.  Accessible for single infant pushchairs.  Dogs are allowed on short leads

Settle (11m): The bustling market town of Settle has a good selection of shops and a larger supermarket.  There is an indoor swimming pool (tel: 01729 823626 to check opening times). Castleberg Crag provides a fantastic vantage point over the town. 

Hawes (16m): Enjoy a tour of the Wensleydale Cheese Factory; the cheese that Wallace & Gromit made famous.  There is also a popular coffee shop, restaurant and gift shop.  Other attractions at Hawes included the Dales Museum, Rope Maker and Hardraw Force.

Kirkby Lonsdale (6m): A small thriving market town with quality shopping and a larger supermarket.  Visit historic Devils Bridge, enjoy a gentle stroll alongside the River Lune and take in 'Ruskins View'.

Clapham (5m): An attractive small village in an idyllic settting....a stunning church, beck and lovely walks such as the Norber Boulders and Trow Gill.   Enjoy the Ingleborough Estates Nature Trail and Ingleborough Cave.  Access to twice yearly Gaping Ghyll Winch is from Clapham.

 

Malham  (18m)   A lovely drive via Upper Settle to see  Malham Cove,  a huge curving amphitheatre shaped cliff formation of limestone rock. The vertical face of the cliff is about 260 feet high. The top of the cove is a large area of limestone pavement.   Walk the short distance to Goredale Scar, a vast gorge with a waterfall and visit Janets Foss a woodland waterfall.

Bentham (4m): A traditional small town with a good choice of local independent shops, a couple of miles drive above Bentham is the 'Great Stone of Fourtstones' known locally as the Big Stone, from this point you have a fantastic vantage point of being able to see all the 'Three Peaks,  the Lakeland Fells and the Howgills. 

Stocks Reservoir & Forest of Bowland (13m):  A stunning drive from the site via Keasden.  Enjoy the 8 miles circular walk around the reservoir (Fishermans Lodge cafe half-way around).  Fly fishing available and there are also graded/marked mountain bike trails within the area of Gisburn Forest and excellent meals & drinks at the Forest Hub Cafe.

Whitescar Caves: Located 2 miles from Ingleton on the B6255 to Hawes. One of Britain's largest tourist caverns.

The Three Peaks from Fourstones
The Three Peaks from Fourstones
The Great Stone at Fourstones
The Great Stone at Fourstones

 

 Photos of the Three Peaks from Fourstones and of the 'Great Stone'.

Red Squirrel Trail, Snaizholme
Red Squirrel Trail, Snaizholme

Snaizholme Red Squirrel Trail  lies in the heart of Widdale Red Squirrel Reserve.  The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and local landowners have created the red squirrel viewing area for the public at Snaizeholme, so you can see them in the wild  (approx 14 miles to lay-by car parking).

Swaledale
Swaledale
View from Tow Scar Trig Point just above the site
View from Tow Scar Trig Point just above the site

RSPB Leighton Moss Nature Reserve: (16m): At Silverdale near Carnforth.  The largest reed-bed in Northwest England. Home to Avocet, Bittens and Marsh Harriers etc.

Cautley Spout and the Howgill Fells (20m)  Cautley Spout is the highest above ground waterfall at 198m in England (broken cascade).  Although in the Yorkshire Dales National Park it is actually in Cumbria.

Dent (9m): The drive to Dent from the site via Kingsdale is stunning, a single track road with passing places and gates to open on the way.  The delightful cobbled streets of of Dent are home to a few tearooms, gift shops and a couple of pubs.  

View towards the Lakeland fells from Tow Scar Trig Point
View towards the Lakeland fells from Tow Scar Trig Point

A little further afield........Kendal 22m, Windermere & the Lakes 27m, Skipton 26m,  Stocks Reservoir and the Forest of Bowland 13m, Morecambe 20m, Grange-over-Sands (24m)    Buttertubs Pass 22m   Bolton Abbey & Estate  32m

 

Castles and Stately homes - there are seven within 30 miles!: 

Sizergh Castle (16m): The castle has been the Strickland Family home for more than 750yrs and it remains their home today.  Set in beautifully landscaped garden (National Trust) and the castle is based on a 14th Century Pele Tower.

Lancaster Castle (17m): Is still a working prison and court.  It is possible to take a one hour guided tour which usually includes Shire Hall with its collection of heraldy, the old cells and Hadrians Tower.

Skipton (23m): One of Englands most complete medieval castles with over 900 years of turbulent history.

Castle Bolton (29m): Over 600yrs old, dominating Wensleydale this well preserved castle was a priston to Mary Queen of Scotts in 1568.

 

Leighton Hall Stately Home (16m)  Stunning home, gardens and parkland.

Holker Hall & Parkland (28m) Dating back to the 16th century; this vast estate offers home and garden tours throughout the Summer months as well as seasonal walks and events.

Castle Bolton (29m): Over 600yrs old, dominating Wensleydale this well preserved castle was a priston to Mary Queen of Scotts in 1568.

 

Sizergh Castle 16m from the Site
Sizergh Castle 16m from the Site

Sporting Activities: 

Ingleton is a great base for Caving, Abseiling, Climbing, Guided Walks and Navigation Training with the Yorkshire Dales Guides. Suitable for couples and small groups.   

White water rafting, tubing, canoeing and canyoning is avaiable with Cave & Canyon who are based in Ingleton.

Horse riding: Greenhall Riding Centre runs children's farm rides, hacks and lessons.  Tel: 01524261594

Angling on the River Greta at Ingleton require permits from the Village Newsagents.

Indoor Climbing Wall (Inglesport in Ingleton) 

The area has some stunning Golf courses at Settle 10m, High Bentham 3.5m,  Kirkby Lonsdale 8m, Casterton 5.6m, Sedbergh 17m, Silverdale 16m, Lancaster Golf Club 20m, Kendal 19m

Mountain Biking: & Cycling

The Pennine Bridleway-Yorkshire Dales Section: The nearest access to the bridleway from Thornbrook Barn Caravan Site is at Clapham (5m) along a quiet B road knows as Clapham Old Road (avoiding the A65).  Walks and cycling can be enjoyed.  Mapped out circular tours are accessible.   More information is available on the National Trails websiite.        There is a local trail known as The Crummock Dale Dabs Mountain Bike route from Clapham which is easily accessible from the site.

Further mountain biking can be enjoyed in Gisburn Forest set in the Trough of Bowland - 13miles from the site.  Located in the North East corner of Lancashire and within the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Gisburn Forest offers fantastic mountain biking with beautiful views.

Cycling:   Ingleton is on the National Cycle Network route 68.   Further information on cycling in the Dales is available on the Sustrans cycle website. 

Hosted Cycling events run throughout the year such as the Ecapetothedales and the Open Wheel  

Bike Hire: Escape Bikes, Westhouse near Ingleton  (1ml from the site) including 015242 41226

Local Bus Services: A 'hail & ride' bus service operates just a few metres from the site entrance. Service 581 operates approx every two hours between Kirkby Lonsdale and Skipton and Lancaster.   Ideal for guests in Motorhomes!   

During the summer months there is a Sunday service from Ingleton Community Centre to Richmond via the Buttertubs pass - enjoy 4 hours in Richmond before making the journey home. There is also a Sunday service to Malham from Ingleton centre where you can enjoy the delights of Malham Cove, Goredale Scar and Janets Foss for a full day.

581 Bus Service
581 Bus Service

Market Days Locally: 

Settle-Tuesday   

Kirkby Lonsdale-Thursday                                   

Skipton-Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

Farmers' Market at Settle held on the 2nd Sunday of each month.

Eat Local

 

 

There are lots of pubs, restaurants and cafes locally.  Most accept dogs.  Many are within an easy walk of Thornbrook Barn.  At popular times it is advisable to book a table. 

FROM THE 4TH JULY 2020 THERE MAY BE SOME CHANGE TO OPENING HOURS, FOOD AVAILABILITY AND SERVICE AT THE FOLLOWING ESTABLISHMENTS.   MANY ARE NOW OFFERING A PRE-ORDERED TAKEAWAY SERVICE.

The distance from the site entrance is shown in brackets below.

Country Harvest - The foodhall sells fruit & vegetable, fresh meat including sausages and bacon, eggs, cheeses, milk, fresh bread and cakes, cooked meats & pies, ready meals, wine and local beers. The licensed coffee shop serves hot meals and snacks throughout the day including breakfast. (100mtrs)   from 4/7.20  open 7 days per week 10am - 4pm

Marton Arms Freehouse - around a 10 minute walk in Thornton-in-Lonsdale, close to the church.  Beer garden.  Hand pulled cask ales and over 35 gins. Dogs welcome.  September 2020 onwards -currently open Wed-Sun inclusive.  Booking advisable 015242 42204 (0.5m) 

Masons Freehouse- On the A65 in Ingleton. Family run pub serving food. (0.8m)  Open daily.  Booking advisable 015242 42040     

The Wheatsheaf -  on the High Street in Ingleton.  Beer garden and a separate dining room.  (1m) 

La Tavernetta - Open evenings. Combined Italian and English food. Opposite the church in Ingleton. (0.9m) 

Bernies Cafe - A 'walkers' cafe, dogs and boots welcome. Freshly baked cakes and good coffee.  Open daytime and occasional evenings.  On the High Street, Ingleton.  (1m) 

Inglesport Cafe- Upstairs above Inglesport in the Square, Ingleton. Dogs and boots welcome. Open 9am-5.30pm daily. (1m)  

M's Spice - Licensed Bangla Indian restaurant & takeaway. Near the church in Ingleton. Open each evening (0.9m) 

Ingleton Tandoori - Bangladeshi & Indian Takeaway. In the square, Ingleton (1m) 

Inglenook Fish & Chip Shop - Eat in or takeaway. (1m)  Open Thursday -Saturday inclusive

The Old Post Office- Microbar serving craft ale, world beers, artisan gin, whiskey and rum.   High Street, Ingleton (1.1m)

La Cascada- Wine bar serving Tapas style dishes.  High Street, Ingleton (1.1m)

The Old Hill Inn, Chapel-le Dale- An old drovers inn between Ingleborough and Whernside, alongside the B6255 Ingleton to Hawes road. (5m)

The Milking Parlour, Kirkby Lonsdale - a family run artisan ice-cream parlour made using their own fresh local milk...cow to cone!  (6m)

The Lunesdale Arms, Tunstall - Pub/restaurant specialising in a British take on Southern Mediterranean cuisine.  Very popular - booking recommended for dinner. (5.6m)

The Game Cock Inn, Austwick - A Traditional Yorkshire Dales pub and restaurant with a cosy bar, real fire, award winning restaurant, delicious food with a French twist. (6.8m)  Booking essential.

The Pheasant Inn, Casterton - A traditional 18th century coaching inn with seasonally changing menus with the best of local produce.  Dogs welcome in the bar area. (6.3m)

Local Events & Themed Weekends

During the year both visitors and locals enjoy various themed weekends and festivals in and around Ingleton.  Our site usually books up early for these dates! 

NOTE: DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC 2020 EVENTS MAY BE CANCELLED OR POSTPONED

2020  Dates (may be subject to change)

6-19th April-  The Great Ingleton Easter Egg Hunt

10-12th April Sheafstock 3 days of live music at the Wheatsheaf Pub Ingleton & marquee.

TBC- Taste Cumbria Food Festival at Kirkby Lonsdale 

1st May - Tour de Yorkshire - Stage 2 Skipton to Leyburn passing through Ribblehead & Horton-in-Ribblesdale

3rd May - Falling Star Theatre - Here I Belong @ Ingleborough Community Centre 7pm

3rd May - Watercolour Art Workshop - 'Drawn in the Dales' at Broadrake, Chapel-Le-Dale  (booking essential)

7-10th May - Kirkby Lonsdale Beer & Music Festival

2-10th May – Wray Scarecrow Festival (7miles from the site)

23-29th May  Gaping Gill Winch Meet (Bradford Pothole Club)– Descend over 100m by chair/winch into the largest cavern in the UK. Turn up early!   £15.00

25th May – Austwick Village Cuckoo Festival , Street Market & Fell Race 10.00am – 4.00pm

June/July/August -  Overground Underground Festival -  an opportunity for family friendly exploration in and around Ingleborough.  Activities, walks, talks and shows.   

6th June: Barbon Hill Climb - Multi-Championship @ Barbon Manor, Barbon LA6 2LJ

28th June -Escape to the Dales Cycle Sportive 

3-5th July- ‘Operation Homeguard’ 1940’s Weekend in Ingleton  

4th July - Barbon Hill Climb (Motorsport UK) @  Barbon Manor, Barbon LA6 2LJ 

10-12th July - Country Harvest Food Fair

18th July - Ingleton Village Gala & Mountain Race 

22nd August – 116th Annual Gargrave Show, nr Skipton 

14-21st August -  Gaping Gill Winch Meet (Craven Pothole Club) – Descent over 100m by chair/winch into the largest cavern in the UK. Turn up early!  £15.00

29th Aug- Malhamdale Show

29th Aug - Wensleydale Agricultural Show, Leyburn 

31st Aug - Reeth Show

1st September - Kilnsey Show

3rd to 6th September - Settle Folk Gathering

10th September - Westmorland County Show, Kendal

13th September - Blacksmith for a Day workshop at Broadrake, Chapel-Le-Dale  (booking essential)

Saturday 26th September 2020  - Annual 66th Three Peaks Race (postponed from April 2020)

27th September - 57th Annual 3-Peaks Cyclo Cross Race

In addition to the above events, organised locally are events by the Yorkshire Dales National Park (guided walks, talks, demonstrations and craft making workshops) and the Friends of Settle to Carlisle Railway who organise guided walks (free of charge) including short walks around Ribblehead Viaduct and Blea Moor Tunnel.

Accessible from Kingsdale, 1.5 miles from the site Twistleton Scar offers many circular walks even taking in Whernside and Chapel-le-Dale