Walk 1403 - printer friendly version
Attermire Scar and Catrigg Force Walk
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.5 miles / 10.6 km
Ascent - 1400 feet / 424 metres
Grade - easy/mod
Start - OS grid reference SD819637
Lat 54.068914 + Long -2.2780687
Postcode BD24 9JD (approx. location only)
This Yorkshire Dales walk explores the magnificent limestone scenery that is found is this part of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. The start is the small market town of Settle, which is worthy of further exploration either before you start the walk or at the end. Like all market towns of this size, Settle has an assortment of shops, cafés and pubs together with a Tourist Information Centre.
After parking, walk towards the town centre and locate the Market Place (Grid ref. SD819637). Take Constitution Hill which climbs steeply and turns sharp left. Just after this bend take the track on the right (Grid ref. SD821637). Follow this track as climbs further up the hillside. The path starts to level off and you reach a path junction (Grid ref. SD822641). Turn right here and continue the climb soon entering a very interesting limestone landscape with Sugar Loaf Hill rising on your right.
The path descends to reach a cross path (Grid ref. SD838641). From here you can walk ahead and visit Attermire Cave, which is visible ahead, or more likely turn left and follow the path north through the limestone of Attermire Scar to pass below Victoria Cave, which again can be visited by taking a short diversion. A short way ahead you join a track coming in from the left and pass the twin entrances to Jubilee Caves. These can be explored but do be careful.
To continue retrace you steps a short way and cross the stile (Grid ref. SD837654) passed a short while ago that leads onto a path heading northwest. This path crosses another stile into a field and then exits onto a road by a cattle grid. Turn right along this road. Ignore the access drive to Winskill and continue to the next track on your left (Grid ref. SD839664). Take this track and follow it down hill. Bear right at the bottom (Grid ref. SD832668) and continue a short way further to reach a signed footpath on your right. This leads down to Catrigg Force.
Retrace you steps up the path to the track. Turn left and then turn right towards Upper Winskill. Do not turn into Upper Winskill but continue on the track towards Lower Winskill. Before reaching the latter, take the signed footpath on your right to Langcliffe. This leads downhill through fields to join a walled lane that takes you into the centre of Langcliffe Village.
Bear left onto the main lane leading through the village and go past the church. Turn right off this lane onto a signed bridleway to Settle. Initially you climb steeply. After making a right turn the way ahead levels off as you contour across the hillside towards Settle. Passing the path you used earlier in the day, the track descends into Settle. Continue down Constitution Hill to Settle Market Place and the end of the walk.