Settle on the south western edge of the Yorkshire Dales is a real walker’s paradise with walking paths and trails catering for all abilities. Enjoy steep climbs, challenging hikes or easygoing walks in the area. Good maps, supplies and suitable outdoor clothing are all recommended. Potholing, caving and rock climbing on Castleberg Crag all feature around Settle.
Outdoor Activities in Settle & The Three Peaks
The famous Three Peaks in the Yorkshire Dales include Ingleborough, Pen-y-ghent and Whernside. Ancient bridleways and paths are across the Peaks, and you can explore on foot by mountain bike or on horseback. The Three Peaks are part of the Pennine range, forming a circle around the River Ribble Valley. Walk all three in the circular route or just one of these spectacular Dales peaks. Pen-y-ghent is usually the starter peak, with walkers heading off from the nearby village of Horton in Ribblesdale.
Shorter strolls from Settle head off to nearby towns and villages including Giggleswick just four and a half miles away. Giggleswick is famous for Kinsey Cave – a cave in which the prehistoric skeletons of various mammals have been discovered. Go rock climbing on Castleberg Crag with its twenty-two climbing routes suitable for all levels of experience.
Attractions in Settle
Delve into Settle’s history at the Museum of North Craven Life located within a breathtaking Grade I listed building dating from the 1600s. Permanent and temporary exhibitions are here in the museum, including exhibits on the local landscape and people, the railway in Settle, historic furniture and trinkets and more.
Essential visiting in Settle is fascinating Ingleborough Cave, a show cave just seven miles away. Accessed first in 1837, this show cave has been popular with visitors since the Victorian era and has made numerous appearances in film and TV. Dogs are permitted to enter the caves if kept on a lead, and many visitors take the scenic stroll through woodland from Clapham village to the cave.
Guided tours run hourly and brand new Adventure Caving Tours are available. The showcave is open daily from February half term to the end of October.
The Yorkshire Dales Falconry and Conservation Centre
The Yorkshire Dales Falconry and Conservation Centre just three miles from Settle is a hidden gem. See falcons in their scheduled flying displays, and sign up for the day and learn how to handle these special creatures. The Centre is an integral part of an international conservation and breeding programme. On-site facilities include a tearoom serving delicious cakes, biscuits, teas and coffees – a guaranteed fun family day out in the Yorkshire Dales.
Shopping in Settle
Representing mill shopping at its best, take a walk around Watershed Mill in Settle. Amongst the shops inside you will find The Edinburgh Woollen Mill offering a range of classic knitwear garments for men and women, The Yorkshire Ale Shop selling a fantastic range of premier bottled bears and real ales from the region, The Whisky Shop with over 100 whiskies available for sampling, The Golf Shop for state-of-the-art golfing accessories and equipment, and the Country Kitchen Licensed Coffee Shop serving a great range of hearty soups and locally sourced Dales food. Formerly known as The Shed and originally a cotton mill, Watershed Mill dates from 1785.
You can pick up some real bargains from the various indoor and outdoor street markets in Settle. The indoor market in the Grade II Listed Victoria Hall (once a music hall) is weekly, selling fruits, vegetables and meats. Revolving around the central historic ‘shambles’ in Settle, the popular outdoor market takes place weekly every Tuesday. the town also hosts a first class Farmers Market on the second Sunday of each month.
A choice of fine independent shops cluster around pretty market square. This Yorkshire Dales market town prides itself on local produce and is home to one of the famous Booths supermarkets, fantastic second hand bookshops, independent galleries, fine antique shops, specialist caving and outdoor equipment shops, delis and more!