Overlooked by the 723 metre mountain of Ingleborough, the village is popular with both walkers and those merely looking for a relaxing weekend break in a picturesque location.
At a quick glance the village of Ingleton may seem a little too modern to be part of the Yorkshire Dales. Unlike many areas in the region, it is home to some relatively new housing estates, but its charming centre is as attractive and historic as most.
Fishermen and adventure sport enthusiasts are also regular visitors as both the River Doe and the River Twiss are stocked with stocks of brown trout, sea trout and salmon; while the hills close by are great places to paraglide from.
Ingleton relies heavily on tourism and provides a warm welcome to all. The village was once known for its coal mining and woollen mills, but the arrival of stream trains during the 19th century turned it into a mini-resort.
Today, many of the solid stone cottages which were once home to the mill workers serve as shops, guest houses and holiday homes.
Without question the biggest attraction close by is White Scar Cave. Located just a few miles along the B6255 from the village, these are the biggest and arguably the best network of show caves in the whole of the National Park.
They were first explored by Christopher Long in 1923 and include numerous natural formations including a subterranean waterfall and an eerie flowstone known as the Devil’s Tongue.
One the best established walks in the area is the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. Covering four-and-a-half miles, the trail passes through the gorge at the bottom of the village before cutting across meadows and woodland until it reaches the waterfalls on the River Twiss and River Doe. There is a café at the start of the trail and a snack bar near the half-way point so there is no need to worry about going without food and drink.
As well as being for its famous natural beauty, Ingleton is one of the few places in the Dales to have an outdoor swimming pool so make sure you bring your trunks as well as your hiking boots. It is open for three months during the summer.
Just a few miles north-east of Ingleton stands Ribblehead viaduct. This 165ft structure has 24 arches and spans almost a quarter of a mile. It was opened in 1874 as part of the Settle to Carlisle line and is one of the most famous railway viaducts in England.
Below the viaduct once stood a wooden village named Batty Green that was home to around 2,000 workers and has been described as being like something from a cowboy film as there was a saloon, good-time girls and regular violence.
Ingleton itself is like walking onto the American frontier each September as the village hosts its rootin-tootin Wild West Weekend. The event features stalls and shows as well as a battle re-enactment by the American Civil War Society.
Ingleton has a number of hotels and B&Bs as well holiday cottages and a campsite.