Settle is an historic market town nestled at the foot of the Pennines. The bustling square is home to regular markets every Tuesday. The area boasts a wealth of spectacular scenery including one of the largest northern outcrops of limestone pavements and expansive gritstone moorland. Caves, waterfalls, potholes and the Three Peaks Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent attract thousands of visitors every year.
The town of Settle is surrounded by attractive Dales villages. Giggleswick with its renowned public school and Chapel, Austwick, Clapham, Langcliffe and Stainforth are nearby. Malham with its limestone pavement and cove and Ingleton with its stunning waterfall and caves area are both within easy reach.
Come to stay with us to walk one, or all three of the famous Yorkshire Three Peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen Y Ghent. The start is five miles away in the village of Horton in Ribblesdale.
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Since the Grand Depart “Tour de France” in 2014 and then the start of the “Tour de Yorkshire” a year later (now a yearly event) the cycling world has falling in love with the Yorkshire Dales. This area in particular offers world class road cycling and touring. We are keen cyclists ourselves and you will see from our home page there are various blogs on “King Billys News” that cover some of our adventures over the years. The sport and pastime of cycling is really growing in the UK and to link in with this we have created a special CYCLING pages, with Links to Routes, Maps, FIT/GPX files advise on Cafe / Pub stops and all things on two wheels.
There’s even some go-pro videos as we both Mountain Bike as well as Road Cycle!
Check out what is happening at our local theatre, Victoria hall is a beautiful Victorian Music hall in the centre of Settle dating back to 1853.
There is a wide range programme of music, drama, comedy, poetry and also community events and workshops. Only a short walk from King William the Fourth Guest house, why don’t you check out what is on during your stay or even plan for the future with one of their shows or events.
The Settle–Carlisle line is a 73-mile-long main railway line in northern England. The route, which crosses the remote, scenic regions of the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines, runs between Settle Junction, on the Leeds to Morecambe line, and Carlisle, near the English-Scottish borders.
The track is a regular trainline taking the general public and freight all year round, the views are still the same what ever ind of train you take. Whether it’s a diesel or even a Steam Trains you are treated to the spectacular scenery of the Yorkshire Dales, Pennines and Eden Valley.
The river Ribble runs through the town of Settle on its way out from Ribblehead which is overlooked by Yorkshire Dales highest peaks of Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent This spate river has runs of migratory fish as well as good stocks of Brown Trout and below Settle Grayling.
The popular yearly event of the Salmon Run near Stainforth is a spectacular site, at Stainforth Foss which has easy access to observe this site every Autumn.
With regards to fishing the river Day tickets are hard to come by on the Ribble as local clubs occupy the main access areas. However we have a good contact with a local who can put you in touch with this. If you are a beginner then they also can offer some guidance and instruction on a casual basis.
This little know gem is located under the shadows of Pen-Y-Ghent, just under 4 miles away from Settle, this spring fed lake makes a great local spot for local fly fishing. Easy access with a car park and even a local camra pub a 5 minute walk away.
Highly recommended by locals to either take up their tutition or purchase a day ticket and open all year round Helwith Bridge Fly Fishery
They’re very well kept fish (some hard fighting too) and surroundings hold wildlife. Barn owls, deer and other predatory birds. Mostly seen before nightfall and sunrise.
Slightly further away is the area of Malham which is popular and a little more pricy for its well known location and waters
Malham Tarn a large 153 acre lime rich lake set in breathtaking countryside which although not easy offers what is probably the finest Wild Brown Trout lake fishing in England. Home to some exceptional fish, in fact they’re the fastest growing wild trout in the country and the tarn is the source of the aire. Insect life is super grown too. Causing fish to grow at an accelerated rate at an average of 2lb per year. And record fish there is 13lb. Fishing here is not for the faint hearted – it can be a challenge to land anything! Fishing is allowed from just 4 boats, and is catch and release only. To book a day telephone the Malham Tarn Field centre on 01729 830331.
Near Malham where the Aire head springs, the becks of Gordale and Malham form the start of the river Aire.
The upper Aire offers fishing for wild fish in a rich and clear limestone stream with some large trout present. There are the odd double figure fish in the river system and offers a challenge to the river fly fisherman your best bet to contact the Coniston Hotel tel-01756 748080 who also have a large lake with both banks
Suituated around 45minute drive is the typical Dales Village of Kilnsey with its famous limestone outcrop used by climbers both local and tourist.
Kilnsey Park Estate offers a real Yorkshire Dales experience with events and activities including flyfishing, fun fishing, walking, pony trekking and cycling. Together with a lovely cafe and shop. It’s a “grand-day” out for all the family, friends or just alone to take in this opportunity to flyfish in the Dales
Further away to the east of the Dales is Wharfdale one of the more famous angling rivers Wharfe of the Yorkshire Dales you would need to drive around 45mins-hour to reach the hot spots of Burnsell and Appletreewick
This area of outstanding natural beauty is very close to Settle, just over the A65 Road. This vast wild, mainly moorland hosts;
This is the largest fly fishery in the North West of England. Stocks Reservoir has Four and a half miles of fishable shoreline and 350 acres of open water. Seasonal fishing with Guiding and Tuition available. Tackle Shop, Cafe, twenty boats available to go out in – perfect for a day out on the water This site is owned by the renowed Banks House in Caton, Lancaster
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