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Yorkshire Dales Walk
Settle Circular

Nat Park - Yorkshire Dales - Lower Ribblesdale

County/Area - North Yorkshire

Author - Peter Schofield

Length - 6.0 miles / 9.8 km

Ascent - 1300 feet / 394 metres

Time - 4 hours 20 minutes

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference SD819637
Lat 54.068914 // Long -2.278069
Postcode BD24 9JD (approx. location only)

Walk Route Description

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The small town of Settle is close to attractive Dales country and an interesting place to visit in its own right. This short Yorkshire Dales walk from the town offers a chance to take in some typical Dales scenery while leaving sufficient time to explore some of Settle's fine buildings.

The route starts outside the Tourist Information Centre in the Market Place. Turn left and then right into High St past The Folly, a house built in 1679 and now a museum. After 100m, bear right into Victoria St where more houses dating back to the 17thC can be seen. The road continues into Commercial St which descends and swings right to meet a bridleway, Brockhole Lane at grid ref SD820631.

Turn left into the lane as the town is left behind and an easy route continues for 1.2K to meet a tarmac lane (Grid ref. SD817620). Go left and follow the lane as it climbs to Lodge Farm. Bear left beyond the farm and continue to climb as Ingleborough comes into view on the left before reaching tarmac at the end of Mitchell Lane. Ignoring the tarmac, turn right along a track and after a further 200m, bear left into Lambert Lane, a typical Dales walled lane where views open out ahead towards Attermire Scar. Just after passing Preston's Barn, the route meets the minor road from Settle to Kirkby Malham (Grid ref. SD843630).

Go right along the road and after 100m, go left into Stockdale Lane. After 200m where the lane turns sharp right, go straight on over a stile and continue up a clear path over the saddle. Ahead Warrendale Knots and Attermire Scar loom up as the path descends over grassland past Sugar Loaf Hill to reach a stile (grid ref. SD838640). Cross the stile and turn immediately left on to a path which heads west beneath the crags.

From here the route crosses fairly level ground to divide after 300m. It doesn't matter which path you take as they rejoin after a further 600m. However it's worth taking the right hand route to a stile in the right hand wall at grid ref SD831640. Cross the stile and climb up a faint path to the summit of an unnamed outcrop with a small cairn to the left. Your reward? A panoramic view over the whole of Upper Ribblesdale with the Three Peaks dominating the scene.

When you've taken in the view, retrace your steps back to the stile and turn right on the path. After a few hundred metres, it begins to descend steeply with Settle spread out below. A track is reached at grid ref. SD823640 which continues the steep descent to a road at the edge of the town. Continue down the road for a short distance to reach the Market Place where any number of cafes and pubs are available to offer post walk refreshments.

Settle is well served by both bus and train services which make this walk suitable for those without their own transport. Buses stop in the Market Place while the station is a 300m walk from the start. Full details of transport links can be found on the North Yorkshire County Council website.

Please maintain social distancing - keep at least 2 metres away from other walkers. Travel restrictions for exercise in Wales and Scotland will be lifted in early July.

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