Ingleton is famous for its waterfalls, but there are several in the area that aren't as well known - for various reasons: mostly due to difficult access or a remote location, requiring that extra degree of effort to reach. One such example is Easegill Force (SD709728) - not be confused with Easegill above Cowan Bridge. In this hidden glen just off the old road from Clapham to Ingleton, some of the finest river and gorge scenery in the Three Peaks can be found. This was an area much frequented by 19th century writers and explorers ... and no wonder.
The great fracture known as the North Craven Fault cuts left to right across the fields leading up to the wooded glen of Jenkin Beck, where the waterfall is situated. The underlying rocks in the foreground, on the south side of this fault, have been 'downthrown' about 600 feet from their original position, so that, effectively, the same plane of Great Scar limestone that can be seen on the upper skyline at Crina Bottom, now lies buried far below these fields. A layer of glacial drift (debris left by the ice) now blankets these valley sides. A massive amount of Great Scar limestone has been eroded or 'trimmed' away north of the fault to leave the 'wall' or plateau as a distinct block on the skyline. A combination of uplifting in the area north of the fault, and intense erosion by rivers and ice has, in places, uncovered basement rocks 500 million years old!
Some cascades have to be seen moving to be fully appreciated. This one is encrusted with mosses.
There are no paths in the glen and all is, seemingly, natural chaos: fallen trees, boulders and slippery slopes of vegetation. An explorer needs to take care ...
Crescent-shaped limestone cliffs such as this show where water has previously cascaded into the glen: most probably meltwater torrents at the end of the last ice age.
First impressions on film, from the encircling cliffs to Easegill Force in all its splendour.
Easegill Force sees Jenkin Beck exploiting a weakness in the limestone and gradually enlarging a massive natural arch, still marked on ordnance survey maps. An impressive 'bar' of limestone has been left, spanning the fall; a feature that is unique in the area.
Witness the spectacle, before we climb the east slope for a view from above.