Located at the very edge of the gorgeous Yorkshire Dales, Settle is a historic Pennine market town. It’s location in Upper Ribblesdale surrounded by green fells lined with dry-stone walls, becks, waterfalls and flower filled meadows makes it an ideal base for a quiet break for walking, cycling, climbing and caving holidays. Consequently, there are many attractive limestone cottages and ancient barns lovingly converted to create holiday cottages for those looking to enjoy a self catering holiday amidst such rugged and beautiful surroundings.
There are some lovely places to visit within easy reach of Settle. The three peeks of Ingleside, Pen-y-Ghent and Whernside can be climbed in one day by serious fell walkers, but for those who like to walk at a more leisurely pace and indulge in proper picnics or pub lunches, a 3-Peek walk can easily fill a long weekend break. On fine days, stunning, far-reaching views across Lancashire and North Yorkshire reward those who reach their summits. Don’t miss he fascinating limestone pavements at Malham Cove (marvelling at the feats of climbers taking the hard way to the top of the limestone cliffs). The visitor centre at the Settle Railway station tells the story of the Settle Carlisle Railway and the magnificant Ribblehead Viaduct. A ride on the line is a must, and if you plan your holiday properly, you can ride it on a heritage team train. Take a riverside walk along the River Ribble and visit the beautiful Scaleber, Catrigg and Stainforth Forces (as Pennine waterfalls are known in Dales-speak).
This corner of the Pennine’s will also appeal to cyclists, offering a choice of cycle tracks from leisurely rides to vertical scrambles. If map reading isn’t your thing, then you can even join guided walk led by experienced trekker offering a choice of easy to hard rambles through the rugged limestone countryside. Climbing is also extremely popular and with Settle’s very own local climbing site, Castleberg Rock, the climbing community is always growing. Budding and very young climbers with energy to burn will enjoy a day out at the Settle Playbarn.
Being such an outdoor oriented location, it’s no surprise that there are many cafes, pubs, tearooms and restaurants serving up hearty menus of local produce, such as the Ye Old Naked Man Café in Settle’s marketplace which has its own onsite bakery.
Visit Settle at any time from year. From its fresh cloak of spring green to a soft white mantle of fellside snow, its attractions and its holiday cottages will easily convert you into becoming a regular visitor to this corner of the Pennines.