There are many alternatives in this 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.
Practically any walk from the lovely Settle to Carlisle railway is worthwhile. However from Horton back to Settle there is a choice of two, maybe even three excellent one way walks. Pen y Ghent is relatively straightforward is part of a high level route. However the most popular walk is to follow the Ribble Way all the way down to Settle. The route passes the mills of Ribblesdale, an important part of the history of the Yorkshire Dales.
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. In addition cross the river at Stainforth and climb to Catrigg Force. There is also the lime kilns near Langcliffe which are on the opposite side of the River Ribble on the approach to Settle. 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.
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 route which does not take in Feizor. Feizor is best found by continuing up the road for a few hunderd metres and joining a track to your left heading west and then south to Bark Houses. From Feizor you can either take the path the Little Stainforth (and enjoy Stainforth Falls ) or ‘cut the corner’ and head on the path direct to Stackhouses.
Thank you for this lovely Ely route. Is it dog friendly, including stiles and cattle?
There was cattle after Stainforth on the river bit when I was last there. A couple of stiles as well but a great walk nonetheless.
If you do not want any stiles look for our Walks without Stiles section https://where2walk.co.uk/walk-type/walks-without-stiles/
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