The new virtual reality exhibition of Ingleborough Peak you can access for free at home

Yorkshire’s second highest mountain has become accessible to all through new Virtual Reality technology hosted by Settle Stories.

The iconic Ingleborough Peak can be explored virtually in a new exhibition by Settle Stories. (Picture: Tony Johnson).

As part of the independent arts charity’s free Learning Programme, Ingleborough peak is the latest iconic part of Settle to be brought to life through a new virtual expedition.

Previously, virtual visitors could explore Victoria Cave with guide Tom Lord, an archeologist and farmer from the Dales, and to celebrate its 150th anniversary, Ribblehead Viaduct went online.

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This tour starts at Southerscales and initially guides the viewer up the northern side of the famous peak, showcasing its views and geological features along with insights into its social and cultural history.

Sita Brand, inset, director of Settle Stories, said: “The beauty of the expedition is that the viewer doesn’t need any fancy kit, as the full experience can simply be accessed from a laptop or mobile phone.

“Jon Buckeridge who received wonderful feedback from this year’s Yorkshire Festival of Story supplies the optional narration further enhancing the richness of the experience, making real not only the wide ranging views of the Ingleborough and Three Peaks’ landscape, but several aspects of its hidden, subterranean world.”

Using panoramic cinematography, the Ingleborough Expedition lets viewers explore eight 360-degree scenes in their own time. There is also the option for additional imagery and infographics to be accessed by clicking on the icons within each scene.

Highlights of the exhibition, which was made possible by funding from Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust’s Stories in Stone programme, includes an exploration of the Norber Erratics and a glimpse inside the Gaping Gill cave.

The penultimate scene dedicated to the mountain’s “barren and expansive summit” shows its spectacular vistas from every direction.

Stories in Stone, a conservation and community project focused on the Ingleborough area, was developed by the Ingleborough Dales Landscape Partnership, led by Yorkshire Dales Millennium Trust (YDMT), and supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Don Gamble, Stories in Stone programme manager, said: “This is the third Virtual Reality tour that Settle Stories have collaborated on.

“Both of the earlier expeditions with Victoria Cave and Ribblehead Viaduct, have achieved vast audiences this year, not only sharing Yorkshire’s great wealth of geological and cultural heritage, but enabling people everywhere to access its beautiful landscapes from the safety of their own homes.”

Settle Stories

The organisation collaborates with artists to “create transformative experiences for people and communities”.

It curates the Yorkshire Festival of Story, which is the largest free online storytelling festival.

To find out more or experience the Ingleborough Exhibition go to the Settle Stories website, settlestories.org.uk