What to look for
- Clapham village (click here to find out more about the village itself https://www.claphamyorkshire.co.uk/)
- The Nature Trail
- The Nature trail was set up by the Ingleborough Estate to commemorate Reginald Farrer a botanist and seed collector. The woods are home to many of the new species of rhododendrons, shrubs and alpine plants that he collected in China, Tibet and Upper Burma in the early 1900s. Farrer is said to have fired seeds from his shotgun to make them look natural.
- Electricity has been generated on the estate using water turbines since 1893, it was the first electric system in the North West of England and generated power for the Hall, the church and street lights in the village.
- Visit Ingleborough Cave https://www.ingleboroughcave.co.uk (entrance fee payable, tours on the hour and half hour at peak times). Ingleborough cave is an accessible show cave where you can see an awe inspiring range of stunning cave formations. The imposing cave entrance and the large passages are full of artefacts dating back millions of years along with the evidence of the significant impact of the Ice Ages.
There are also opportunities to go further into the cave beyond the normal tour contact Clapham Adventure https://claphamadventure.co.uk/ to find out more.
- Just after the lake you cross a bridge across a small stream. This marks the Craven Fault, a line in the geology that is the boundary between the limestone rocks of the Ingleborough area and the sandstone of the Bowland area.
- The stone building on the left in the woodland is known as the grotto, this was a place shelter and to stop and enjoy the view of the limestone scars opposite. Building it provided much needed work during the recession in the early 19th century.