Take in the views along the North Craven fault as you walk along the top of the limestone scar, then enjoy a cafe stop if you wish, in the tucked away hamlet of Feizor before following the picturesque riverside path back to Settle. Alternatively, opt to stay low and follow the Ribble Way to enjoy the river and its old mills and waterfalls close up.
Scars & Caves
The stunning limestone features of the Attermire Scar are well worth a visit. Learn about archaeological discoveries in Victoria Cave above Settle dating from 120 000 years ago.
7km / 4.5 miles - 3 hours
The Settle Loop
A classic circuit over the high tops above Settle towards Malham and back. Popular with horse riders and mountain bikers, this route is equally beautiful on foot with quite a remote feel! With a full day you could continue to Malham for lunch before returning to Settle. Steep start and finish, otherwise moderate.
16km / 10 miles - 5 hours
Starting from Austwick, a variety of routes will lead you up into this dale with a remote feel and dramatic views... the finest examples of limestone pavement in the area, as well as the famous Norber Erratics.
6-15 km /4 -9.5miles 3-6 hours
Clapham is well-loved by visitors to the Dales. The local nature trail is even accessible to pushchairs, eventually reaching Ingleborough Tourist Cave and Gaping Gill beyond that. On certain Bank Holiday weekends, you can be winched down in to this tremendous cavern (biggest natural cavern in Britain) but mind, although it's a free ride down, you'll have to pay to be winched back out again! Clapham is a popular starting point for climbing Ingleborough and there are plenty of tea rooms and a pub to choose from if you're hungry afterwards.
Ingleton is another charming Dales village popular with tourists for a mooch round and a cosy cafe. It's a nice way up Ingleborough from here (great views!) and there is Inglesport Climbing Wall if you fancy trying something new. The spectacular Waterfalls Walk is not to be missed, and White Scar Caves is just up the road. My children love gift shops, the playground, the Fish n Chip shop or a milkshake in Inglesport Cafe, where you can chill out with a pint! of tea and a Climbing or Caving magazine!
Jo is a qualifed (SPA) climbing instructor and teaches basic climbing skills at Inglesport Climbing Wall.
07966 981985 for further details.
Hoping to do some walks whilst visiting the Yorkshire Dales?
Here are a few of the best routes in the Settle area that will treat you to the special features the Yorkshire Dales has to offer!
If you time it right, you could see a Salmon jumping upstream at Stainforth Force or experience the excitement of a steam train chuffing over the Ribblehead Viaduct! You might like to spot special flora such as purple saxifrage or birde-eye primrose. The Three Peaks of Yorkshire are waiting for you to climb them too, each offering their own dramatic landscapes and hidden gems, not to mention navigational challenges! Why not learn compass skills on the vast summit plateau of Ingleborough where even locals have been known to take the wrong path down in the fog! Please click on the 'courses' page for more details.
Here are some of my favourite walks in the Settle area (see below)
Don't go home without doing this!
Take in all the iconic beauty spots of Malhamdale... Gordale Scar, Janet’s Foss, Watlowes Gorge ('The Dry Valley') and of course Malham Cove itself. Nice to do this out of season or during the week when it is quieter!
12 km / 7.5 miles - 4-6 hours
Combine a mountain day with some navigation to see what lies just off the path. Ancient cairns, gleaming limestone pavement without the crowds you get at Malham, spectacular potholes and alternative routes to the summit to get you off the beaten track. Give Ingleborough the time it deserves. Varying distances depending on where you choose to start from, but allow 5 hours for the sort of explore described in Jo's blog "It's not about the Summit".
Discover the finest example in Britain of a Hoffman kiln and learn about how lime was produced there during the early Industrial Era.
A pleasant and informative riverside walk from Settle, with breathtaking views higher up as a return option.
Parking is also available at the site for a shorter outing.
12 km / 7.5 miles - 4 hours