Thornton Force, near Ingleton

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All year round (closed Christmas Day).
Trail opens at 9am and closes depending on the light at the time of year


Adult: £5
Children: £2 (under 16)
Family ticket (2 adults + up to 3): £11

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Thornton Force, near Ingleton

Turner visited Ingleton at least twice: when making a brief tour of the Craven Dales in 1808 and then again in 1816 during his grand tour.  Both times Turner made numerous sketches of the Ingleton area, including views of the town, as well as sketches and watercolours of nearby Chapel-le-Dale, all featuring Ingleborough behind, and of the caves, including Weathercote, Jingle Pot and Hurtle Pot.

Thornton Force is one of the most famous waterfalls in the area, where the river falls 14 metres over limestone rocks in an impressive cascade of water, and was of particular interest to Turner.  The subject was not only picturesque but also of geological interest.  Turner shared with his patron, Walter Fawkes, an active interest in the new science of geology and they might well have know of the significance of Thornton Force in geological terms, with is famous unconformity, of very old slates in near vertical strata covered by rock deposited on the eroded surface of the slate, by then already millions of years old.

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Turner's Viewpoint

The viewpoint where Turner made his fine sketch of Thornton Force (Thornton Force, near Ingleton, 'Yorkshire 4' sketchbook, Tate Gallery, Finberg number: CXLVII 1a) is remarkably unchanged today.  The sketch was obviously intended for one of his illustrations for Whitaker's York history series.  Unfortunately most of his ideas remained unrealised due to the untimely death of Whitaker before the project was barely one quarter completed. 

Discover The Landscape

The Turner Trails panel can be found at the foot of Thornton Force. 

Thornton Force is one of the falls on the delightful Ingleton Waterfalls Trail.  The trail is 4.5 miles long through ancient oak woodland and magnificent Dales scenery via a series of spectacular waterfalls and geological features. Thornton Force is located 1½ miles from the car park and can only be accessed on foot.

Water in Turner's Yorkshire

Download our themed leaflet and let the rivers and waterfalls guide you around Turner's Yorkshire as water literally flows through many of his sketches and paintings.

The Venue


Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, Broadwood Entrance, Ingleton, Carnforth, LA6 3ET

Map reference: SD694753

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Directions to Thornton Force, near Ingleton:

Follow the A65 Skipton-Kendal road to Ingleton. Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is on the edge of the village and well signposted from the A65