There are many alternatives in the one way walk from Horton to Settle. A high level route via Pen-y-Ghent or a riverside stroll along the River Ribble give two. There is a third which heads west towards Feizor in the limestone.
Practically any walk from the lovely Settle to Carlisle railway is worthwhile but from Horton back to Settle there is a choice of 2, maybe 3 excellent walks. Pen y Ghent is easily taken in as part of a high level route whilst the most popular walk is to follow the Ribble Way all the way down to Settle.
One thing that I do recommend on the low level walk is not to stick to the route via the river all the way but to take some detours. The small hamlet of Feizor over a lovely stretch of limestone is one such extension whilst the steep climb to Catrigg Force is also worth a visit as are the lime kilns near Langcliffe. It is walking country par excellence and aside form the quarry near Stainforth it is all attractive, varied and very interesting.
This walk really should be done twice. One low and one high level. However for those wanting a greater challenge take in Ingleborough and join this walk with a start at Ribblehead.
The trains from Settle to Horton are roughly 2 hours apart. They leave Settle Train station arriving at Horton 10 minutes later.
The GPX details refer to Horton to Settle low level via Feizor. It is the most complicated of the routes.
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