Nestled in the Ingleborough foothills, Ingleton is surrounded by deep caves, spectacular waterfalls and fascinating archaeological sites.
Local attractions include White Scar Cave, Britain's longest show cave, and the lovely Ingleton Waterfalls Walk and climbing Ingleborough and Whernside for the fantastic limestone pavements of Twisleton Scar and superb views is a must.
Clapham lies nearby, with its pretty beck running through the centre of the village. From here, a stroll up the Nature Trail takes you to Ingleborough Cave which forms an outlet for the famous Gaping Gill system.
Visit the village websites www.ingleton.co.uk
Fell and cave rescue
The three Yorkshire-based rescue teams - all staffed by highly trained volunteers - don’t just help potholers and climbers, they are just as likely to be called to walkers. In fact simple slips causing ankle and knee injuries at lower levels create the majority of incidents.
Swaledale Mountain Rescue Team, Upper Wharfedale Fell Rescue Association and the Cave
In an emergency, would you know how to get help? Whatever your activity, if you’re away from a road and need a rescue team…
1. Call 999
2. Ask for ‘Police’ and say which county you are in
3. Ask the Police for ‘cave’ or ‘fell’ rescue
4. Say where you are and give a description and grid reference
5. Describe the problem and answer any other questions
6. Stay by a phone or where you can maintain a signal on your mobile, keeping the line clear so you can be called back.
The rescue team will call other services as required.
Stabilising a canyoner with fractured leg near Beezley Falls, Ingleton, while other CRO members provide security and prepare for the lift out.
Rescue Organisation (supported by Kendal and Kirkby Stephen MRTs which operate in Cumbria) provide a 24 hour a day 365 days a year safety net for anyone who ventures off the beaten track, whether above or below ground.
Although the Police have overall responsibility for inland search and rescue, the voluntary teams work alongside the statutory emergency services, using their skills and experience to go to parts that others can’t reach.
Between them, the three teams respond to around 150 call outs each year. It costs about £30,000 annually to run each team, all from fundraising.
To find out more, visit the teams online at www. swaledalemrt.org.uk
The National Park Authority has helped fund ‘Calling for help’ advice cards - pick one up from National Park Centres, shops and cafés.
The Cave Rescue Organisation in Clapham is believed to be the first in the world. It was formed after an incident at Gingling Hole in 1934 - a potholer broke his leg and the long drawn out rescue provided a serious lesson for all. The following month, Settle St John Ambulance, Giggleswick School and six potholing clubs met and proposed the world’s first cavers’ self-help group.
Visit the Yorkshire Dales National Park online at www.yorkshiredales.org.uk
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