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SETTLE RAILWAY WALK

BWF PT No 199 - 14km

Walk Organiser: Spencer Lane, Flat 39, Barnes Lodge, Wessex Rd, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2FH.  Tel: 01305 570596

E-mail: spencerglane@outlook.com

Walk Fee: £1.00. Embroidered badge available £2.00.

Start: Settle Railway Station [GR 98/817635]

Finish: Horton-In-Ribblesdale Railway Station [GR 98/804726]

For walkers arriving by car directions are given from the Greenfoot Car Park - best approached off the roundabout on the A65 at the Skipton end of the bypass.  Take the first proper road on the right, Ingfield Lane, and where it bears right go straight on past the rugby field into the car park.

As this is a linear walk following the Ribble Way if you wish to return to the start by public transport you are advised to obtain information for train times and fares on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway from National Rail Enquiries, 0845 7484950 and for bus times from Traveline, 0871 200 22 23. Frequencies of services vary.

Route Directions

From Greenfoot Car Park: Walk along the path to left of ‘No Entry’ signs at town end of car park. Keep going in same direction for 200m to Market Square, which you enter beside Lloyds TSB. Go diagonally left across the Market to the far corner by the Royal Oak Hotel and bear half right along the main road (Church St).


From Railway Station: Go left down the only access road to Station Road. Bear right to T-junction with main road and turn left on Duke St to the Market square. Continue on Duke St which becomes Church St.


From the Market Square walk along Church St, past the Petrol Station, under railway bridge and over river bridge. Immediately at end of river bridge take the enclosed path on right and follow path with river on right across fields for 800m to Stackhouse Lane. Turn right and follow for 400m to a white house.           2.5km

Q1. What is the name of this white house? [GR815655]


Turn right on track. Turn left immediately before the river and follow path for 2.5km, keeping close to river, to narrow road bridge just after caravan site. Cross this bridge and follow to main road. Turn right then first left to just past Stainforth Church.                                                                                                         6km                                                                                                              

Turn left on track between Stainforth House and Coach House and follow track to end at stile. Ahead and through gateway. Bear diagonally right uphill on well defined path, over several stiles and through new plantation, for 2km to reach gate and a rough lane (Moor Head Lane).


Q2. Opposite the stile onto the lane there is a footpath sign to Long Lane. How far?


Turn left to go downhill.  Ignore track coming in from right and continue to main road. Go ahead for a few metres and then right on a minor road over railway and river to Helwith Bridge pub [01729 860220, restricted daytime opening].                                                                                                                        10km


Turn right through car park, over 3 stiles into the lane beyond. Cross lane, turn right signpost Horton in Ribblesdale, through gate on path parallel with road then exit at end through gate, across lane and through gate and under railway bridge to river bank. Turn left on track following footpath, turn left at footpath sign over stile, and small bridge, keeping parallel with railway line across field eventually rejoining river which you follow past a farm.


Q3.  At footbridge 500m after farm, on footpath sign, how far is it to Horton?


Follow the river bank, with river on right, all the way to the road bridge at the far end of Horton in Ribblesdale. Turn left for the station or right over the bridge to the cafe, bus and other amenities.


Horton in Ribblesdale is a famous walking centre. It’s on Britain’s first official national trail - The Pennine Way - and one of the starting points for the famous 3 Peaks Walk - Ingleborough, Whernside and Pen-y-Ghent, which have been in view for much of the way from Settle. The Pen-y-Ghent Cafe (01729 860333 restricted Winter opening) in the village is well worth a visit for refreshments and walkers supplies.


Route updated 23 February 2012