Places to visit, Things to do & Eat Local

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

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.

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 and snacks throughout the day. Breakfast is served from 9-11.30am and afternoon tea from 2-4pm.   Our guests receive a discount card for use whilst they stay with us.

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 til) 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 there is a wonderful outdoor play area/park as well as the heated outdoor swimming pool which is open late May to the end of August. 

Picnics in the park and dabbling in the shallow river near the park can also be enjoyed.

Places to visit, things to do....

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 accessible from the site, the nearest valley is Kingsdale, from there you can access Whernside on a circular walk returning via Swales Moor (12m), the shorter Kingsdale circuit (7m) takes in the fantastic limestone scenery with it 'pots' and caves. A more strenuous walk would be stepping over into Lancashire taking in 'Gragareth' ; one of the highest mountains in Lancashire, this circular walk is just over eight miles. 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.  

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 £6.00 per adult, £3.00 per child and a family ticket is £15.00. (2017)   

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 jointed 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.       

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 Clpaham 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 Trough of Bowland 18miles from the site.

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) 'Whyte Bikes 605 (small/medium/large) £30.00 per day.  Tel: 015242 41226

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.

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

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: 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.

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.  Photo of Ingleborough from Fourstones in mid December.

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.

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.  

A little further afield........Kendal 22m, Windermere & the Lakes 27m, Skipton 26m, Slaidburn & the Trough of Bowland 24m, Morecambe 20m, Grange-over-Sands (24m) and Malham (to see Malham Cove, Goredale Scar, Janets Foss) 18m 

Castles!  There are four 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.

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.  

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

Golf is available at Bentham, Settle and Kirkby Lonsdale and Casterton.

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

Indoor Climbing Wall (Inglesport in Ingleton) 

Market Days Locally: A very small market in held in Ingleton on a Friday. 

Larger markets are held at:    Settle-Tuesday    Kirkby Lonsdale-Thursday                                   Skipton-Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

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

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.  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.

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!  (Distance from site entrance in brackets)

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)

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.  Food served daily- Booking advisable during busy periods: 015242 42204 (0.5m) 

Masons Freehouse- On the A65 in Ingleton. Family run pub serving food. (0.8m)                        

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

Craven Heifer - Traditional pub serving bar food.  Live sport shown on tv. (1.1m) 

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. On the High Street, Ingleton. Open 8am-5pm daily. (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) 

The Coffee Pot - Coffee/tea shop serving soups, sandwiches and meals. Some outside tables. Open 9am- 5pm (1m) 

Inglenook Fish & Chip Shop - Eat in or takeaway. (1m)

The Old Post Office- Microbar serving food platters & puddings. 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)

Also in the surrounding area....The Pheasant Inn, Casterton (6m).  The Punch Bowl Inn, Burton-in-Lonsdale (2.1m), The Game Cock, Austwick (6.8m) The Barbon Inn, Barbon (8m).   Horse & Farrier, High Bentham (4m).   Many pubs, restaurants and takeaways in the small town of Kirkby Lonsdale (6m). 

Local Events and 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!

2017 Dates (may be subject to change)

1st-4th March - Pantomime, The Snow Queen at Ingleborough Community Centre 

2nd April - Nelson Wheelers Cycle Club 'Circuit of the Dales' 50 miles timed trial. Entry prior to day via Nelson Wheelers.

11th-21st April  The Great Ingleton Easter Egg Hunt

27th May - 2nd June Gaping Ghyll winch meet.  Descent over 100m by chair/wich into the largest cavern in the UK.  Turn up early!  Bradford Pot Hole Club £15.00

29th May Austwick Village Cuckoo Festival and Street Market

Early May to Early September- Overground Underground Festival -  an opportunity for family friendly exploration in and around Ingleborough.  Activities, walks, talks and shows.   

30th June -2nd July-  Operation Homeguard 1940's Weekend. 

15th July - Ingleton Gala and Mountain Race

16th July - Escape to the Dales Cycle Sportive. 

8th August - Lunesdale Show, Kirkby Lonsdale

19th -27th August- Gaping Ghyll Winch Meet - details as above.  Craven Pothole Club £15.00

3rd September - Horticultural Show at Ingleborough Community Centre

14th September - Westmorland County Show, Kendal

29th Sept - 1st October - Folk Weekend

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.