SD6973 : The Money Tree, Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

taken 4 years ago, near to Ingleton, North Yorkshire, England

The Money Tree, Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
The Money Tree, Ingleton Waterfalls Trail
The money tree is a fallen tree trunk within Swilla Glen. It is apparently used as a “Wishing tree” LinkExternal link . It is seen as good luck to put a coin into the money tree and, over the years, it has become completely covered by coins. These are usually knocked into the felled tree trunk using stones, by passers-by who hope it will bring them good fortune. The act is reminiscent of tossing money into ponds for good luck, or the trend for couples to attach 'love padlocks' to bridges and fences to symbolise lasting romance

It used to be believed that divine spirits lived in trees and the tradition of making offerings to deities at wishing trees dates back hundreds of years, but this one seems more recent; most (if not all) of the coins appear to be post-decimalisation (1971).
The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail

Ingleton Waterfalls Trail is a circular walking route which begins and ends in the village of Ingleton. It is claimed (and I wouldn’t argue) that the trail, approximately 8km/5 miles long and with a vertical rise of 554 feet, has some of the most spectacular waterfall and woodland scenery in the north of England. The trail follows a well-defined footpath which runs as close as possible to the edge of the rivers Twiss and Doe. The path includes a large number of steps and it is advisable that visitors wear walking boots or strong shoes.

The trail, which is now managed by the Ingleton Scenery Company LinkExternal link , was first opened to the public on Good Friday, 11 April 1885 LinkExternal link following a number of articles in the Lancaster Guardian and other local newspapers about the scenery in and around Ingleton. The resultant public interest led to the creation of the trail in an area which had previously been hidden from view. Paths and bridges were built and the trail opened The presence of Ingleton railway station played a major role in the early success of the trail, attracting visitors from Bradford, Manchester and Leeds (during June 1888, 3840 people visited Ingleton in one day alone).

The trail is on private land and an entrance fee is charged (£7 per adult/£3 per child in 2019) LinkExternal link .

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SD6973, 332 images   (more nearby 🔍)
David Dixon   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Sunday, 1 December, 2019   (more nearby)
Thursday, 5 December, 2019
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 695 739 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:9.6323N 2:28.0597W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SD 695 739
View Direction
North-northwest (about 337 degrees)
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