Ingleton

Ingleton is a place with 2000 inhabitants (2001) in North Yorkshire, England. The location on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales is a starting point for the ascent to the mountain Ingleborough, which rises near the settlement. The River Greta is crossed in Ingleton by the Ingleton viaduct. The viaduct was built between 1858 and 1860 by the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway. When the route via Ingleton on 16 September 1861 as the then shortest route between London and Scotland went into operation, the Lancaster and Carlisle Railway, which was to operate the route south of the viaduct in the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) and was the northern port was operated by the Midland Railway instead of the North Western Railway. But since the Midland Railway worked with the Great Northern Railway, which was a major competitor of the London and North Western Railway in traffic between London and Scotland, Ingleton became the subject of dispute between the two companies. The LNWR did everything to ensure that there was no direct connection between it and the trains of the Midland Railway and the passengers had to walk over the viaduct, since both companies had set up their own station at their respective end. Only when a new route was planned, the LNWR engaged in negotiations with its competitors and in 1865 had the complaints against the malady in Ingleton an end and the trains from the south crossed the viaduct, although the southern station remained a breakpoint. The scheduled passenger traffic over the viaduct was set in 1954. Until 1967 still excursion trains and freight trains, but then the line was dismantled. In the vicinity of Ingleton are the tourist accessible White Scar Caves and the Ingleborough Cave and the Gaping Gill Cave. In the surrounding limestone landscape there are numerous other caves, which are accessible to experienced speleologists. A popular short hike from Ingleton is the 8 km Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, which runs along the Twiss and Doe Rivers back to the village.

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