Villages and falls near Settle

  • 3 of the most attractive Dales villages
  • Traditional limestone scenery and scars
  • Historical industrial lime kilns

There are many excellent walks from Settle and the River Ribble but my favourite takes in industrial remains near Stainforth, 2 pretty villages and some lovely limestone scenery, features that so characterise the area. I prefer starting at Settle and the River Ribble, taking the low level route first. Pass through quaint Langcliffe with its large village green and lovely church before carrying on to Stainforth via some well preserved lime kilns and the railway. Stainforth owes much of its history to nearby Sawley Abbey and still retains its character today.

From Stainforth there is a steep climb to Catrigg Force, which is well worth a visit,before passing through a lovely woodland glade onto the twin farms at Winskill. The views north over Pen y Ghent and Fountain’s Fell are ample compensation. I love this high level section past Victoria Cave and Attermire Scar which ends with lovely views on the descent back to Settle. Keep to the cliff side near Victoria Cave and then take a right at Attermire Scar, climbing before the views are revealed in full.


A detour however to Victoria Cave is popular and worthy if only to daydream on its incredible past. Discovered in 1837 remains have been found of hippos, elephants and hyenas from before the last great ice age (130,000 years ago) whereas brown bears and reindeer remains have been found since.

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Settle Stainforth map


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OS Map: O/S 1/25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South and West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 819636. Park anywhere in Settle but the walk starts from the market place.
Height to Climb: 353 ms (1,158 feet)
Terrain: Good tracks and paths with some minor roads but all well signposted
Eating & Drinking: Settle has many tea shops and pubs. Try and avoid the temptation though of a pint of Thwaites at the Craven Heifer at Stainforth unless you decide to start and finish here!
Similar Walks Nearby: The Settle Loop
Norber Erratics above Austwick
Lanes above Long Preston
Places to Stay:


The Plough, Wigglesworth