The Lanes Above Long Preston

  • Contrasting views across the walk
  • Explore a genuine conservation initiative
  • Lovely riverside stroll to start the walk

The Dales above Long Preston offer a wonderful selection of walks which will suit all walkers. Being able to walk from the door and be into the Dales within yards was one of the major reasons that we bought a house here. From St Mary’s Church and along Long Preston beck is as good as it gets and because people do not tend to stop in the village, it is quiet as well. However I like to walk further up from the beck, aiming towards the perfectly formed Rye Loaf Hill.

Langber Lane was the main road between Skipton and Lancaster over 100 years ago but now is never used except to get to the lonely but immaculate Bookilber Barn. However the forestry commission have utilized 100 acres of land as part of its wonderful initiative of replanting and recreating the forests of old. This woodland, named Hawes, is in its infancy but in 10 to 20 years I would be expecting an established eco system of birds and small animals living under the woodland mix of birch, rowan and oak trees. When Hawes is combined with the similarly forward thinking Long Preston Deeps programme in the floor of the Ribble it provides a great example of what can be done to protect and improve an already lovely area.

As the walk is over higher ground there are some excellent far reaching views both of the Settle limestone cliffs on the outbound lane and of Pendle Hill and Ingleborough on the inbound old road which used to link Long Preston to Settle.

Recommend: A short detour off the road above Settle brings the delightful wooded copse enclosing Scalebar Force – disappointing when I was there due to the drought but exciting after some rain.

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OS Map: O/S 1.25,000. OL2 Yorkshire Dales South & West Buy Map
Start Point: SD 835582. Parking is available in the village and around the Green.
Height to Climb: 212 ms (695 feet)
Terrain: Mainly bridleways with no route finding difficulties. A walk for any weather or season.
Eating & Drinking: The Maypole and the Boars Head are both good country inns.
Similar Walks Nearby: Long Preston Deeps
Historic Villages near Settle
The Settle Loop
Places to Stay:


Boars Head, Long PrestonMaypole Inn, Long Preston


Long Preston Tea Rooms