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Settle Walks and Walking Guide

Yorkshire Dales, North Yorkshire

Settle is a small town in Ribblesdale in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The town has excellent amenities including cafés, bars and restaurants. Accommodation in the area is varied including campsites and caravan parks. There is a rail service on the Settle Carlisle railway but public road transport is sparse and private transport is recommended to undertake most of the walks listed below. Highlights include ascents of Pen-y-ghent and Ingleborough, a visit to Malham Cove, exploring the Norber Erratics near Clapham, Oxenber Woods in Springtime and Attermire Scar. In addition walks in the Forest of Bowland are also convenient.

All walks are free to download and print all have GPS files. There are a number of family walks in this area with the Ingleton waterfalls walk a personal favourite. For the more adventurous walking to the summits of the 'Yorkshire Big Three' is a must especially if the weather is fine.

★ = GPS file available

WalkDescriptionGradeMiles
2216Slaidburn Village Trail - Ribble Valleyeasy0.75
3577Malham Cove from Malhameasy3.00
2737The River Aire & Kirkby Malham from Malhameasy3.00
2704Kirkby Malham & Hanlith from Malhameasy4.00
3091Ingleton Waterfalls Walk from Ingletoneasy4.30
3092Malham Cove & Watlowes from Malham Tarneasy4.40
1740Attermire Scar & Victoria Cave from Settleeasy/mod5.10
2304East Marton and the Drumlinseasy/mod5.50
1274Nappa Cross from Malhameasy/mod5.50
2066Winterburn Reservoir from Winterburneasy6.00
1105Settle Circulareasy/mod6.00
3094Norber & Norber Erractics from Claphameasy/mod6.30
1377Calton and Hanlith Moors from Airtoneasy/mod6.50
3107Flasby Fell from Flasbyeasy/mod6.50
3307Gargrave to Flasbyeasy/mod6.50
1239Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route B)easy/mod6.50
1278Cosh & Foxup from Halton Gilleasy/mod6.50
1403Attermire Scar and Catrigg Force from Settleeasy/mod6.50
1013Pen-y-ghent via Brackenbottommoderate6.50
1500Pen-y-ghent via Horton Scarmoderate6.75
1701Bordley Hall & Malham Mooreasy/mod7.00
1051Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route A)moderate7.00
2437Bowland Knotts from Cross of Greet Bridgemoderate7.40
3599Clapham, Oxenber Woods, Feizor & Settleeasy/mod7.50
2082Attermire Scar, Catrigg Force & Langcliffe easy/mod7.50
1208Ingleborough & Park Fell from Chapel-le-Dalemoderate7.50
2603Feizor & Giggleswick Scar from Settleeasy/mod8.00
1251The Norber Erratics & Sulber Gatemoderate8.00
1121Pen-y-ghent & Plover Hill from Horton in Ribblesdalemoderate9.00
2602Gordale Scar & Malham Cove (Route C)moderate9.10
2620Sulber Gate & Crummack Dale from Austwickmoderate9.50
1248Trow Gill, Ingleborough & Long Scar from Claphammoderate9.50
2617Nappa Cross & Victoria Cave from Langcliffemoderate9.50
1404Oxenber and Wharfe Woods from Langcliffemoderate10.50
3329Stocks Reservoir from Slaidburnmoderate11.50
1282Arncliffe from Malham Tarnmoderate12.50
2796Gaping Gill, Ingleborough & Norber From Claphammoderate13.00
1926Pen-y-ghent & Littondalehard16.00
2649Attermire Scar & Malham Tarn from Stainforthmod/hard16.50
3433Pen-y-ghent, Whernside & Ingleborough from Hortonvery hard24.50

The walks listed above are the nearest 40 from Settle when measured in a straight line.

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