Thursday, 15 August 2013

Symposium: Excursion to Ingleton Waterfalls

On Wednesday afternoon, the participants of the EISCAT International Symposium had the chance to go on two different excursions into the surrounding countryside. One of the options was a hike to the Ingleton Waterfalls, which have been popular with tourists since Victorian times: the path opened in 1885.

The waterfalls are set in a stunning landscape of grassy hills partitioned by stone walls and gardened by sheep. The dry stone walls were expertly built using rocks found in the fields they enclose.

Also on the way back down, we walked along another stream with several waterfalls cascading their way towards Ingleton. Ingleton and the walk are located across the border in North Yorkshire, while Lancaster is in Lancashire.

Our walk took about 2 hours and a half, after which we were shuttled to the near-by town of Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancashire. If you have visited Scandinavia, like most EISCAT users, you might recognise the word "Kirkby" to come from the Norse term for church village. Since everyone needed a drink after the hike, and it also had begun to rain, we sought refuge in the local pub the Orange Tree.

On the way from the pub to the coach, we visited St Mary's Church, which dates back to the 12th century.

Finally we passed by what John Ruskin described as "one of the loveliest views in England," which was also painted by JMW Turner. Here we have to make due with a simple photograph taken on a rainy day, but you get the idea.

Photos: Thomas Ulich. Click photos to enlarge.

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