Chapel-le-Dale is a broad U-shaped dale that stretches from the outskirts of Ingleton, and rises up to to the Ribblehead Viaduct where it narrows into a V-shape before merging into the upper moorland of the Yorkshire Dales. The sides of the Dale are the slopes of Ingleborough on one side and Whernside on the other, with the third of the three peaks - Pen-y-Ghent - in neighbouring Ribblesdale. The landscape is characterised by the unusual feature of limestone scars, and the traditional dry-stone walling.

This location makes it a favourite walking area, criss-crossed by many paths including the Yorkshire Three Peaks Walk, The Ingleton Waterfalls Trail, the Dales Highway and many other individual paths and rights of way.

Besides the attraction of the natural beauty visitors are drawn to the Dale for the White Scar Caves, Ingleton Waterfalls Trail and the Ribblehead Viaduct & Settle-Carlise Railway.