Walking

Walking friendly guest house in the Yorkshire Dales

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.

Settle itself has a local walk along the river and nearby village of Giggleswick. There are plenty of eateries in the Settle area including cafes, bars, restaurants and pubs that offer a fine selection of cuisine to suit every palette and pocket. Settle is also home to the Settle – Carlisle railway and throughout the summer there are steam specials laid on.

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Many of our Guests 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. If you are taking on the challenge of all 3 – this is a 12 hour walk – it is 25miles or so! Don’t worry you won’t miss out on our Full Yorkshire Breakfast we are flexible with an early time before your walking challenge – see  Food & Breakfast

Walking Books and Maps

We have local walking books and maps you can borrow during your stay. Here are selections of walks that can be done, either from the front door or a small drive away/train journey. We have a book called Dales & Trails with a selection of walks from stations along the Settle to Carlisle Railway.

Walks for all abilities and accessible

We are located right in the centre of town so access to the amentites is on our doorstep. Check out our Ground Floor Room for more details for those less mobile and with a dog.

Wheelchair accessibity for strolls

We have a business relationship with Debbie North from The Outdoor Guide who trailblazes the accessibility for wheelchair uses. You can follow her adventures @accessTOG in her Tramper which gets her up two of the 3 Peaks of Yorkshire!

For the less strenuous the few local videos she had done to give you an idea what’s on offer around there.


We can advise on our favourites depending on difficulty and weather. Over the years we have done lots of routes with a dog called Lucas (Chris’s mum’s labradoodle) and on our own! Here’s a fun short video of the short walk round Ribblehead if you have stopped off at the viaduct for a stroll

Ideas for Local walks  using Online Maps and Guides

Straight from the house – Town & Country (Victoria Cave and Attermire Scar) and our version of this walk

We have variations of this walk to make it longer or shorter should you wish

Also Local Viewpoint and interest point – Tunnel Vision at Stainforth, again this route can walk along the river Ribble and can include a nice circular walk or maybe try this walk?

Malham and Gordale Scar  is about 6 miles away so can be reached on foot over the hills or round them in the car!

Pennine Way Route – Paving the Way at Malham &  Scar Attraction

We do have the classic circular walk from Malham to take in Janet’s Foss, Gordale Scar and the top of the famous Malham Cove -from our map and/or book

Three of our rooms have direct views to the imposing and historic limestone outcrop known as Castleberg Crag that dominates the town. Even climbing up here is a 20minute walk, you can even do on arrival to stretch those legs after a journey.

This part of the Yorkshire Dales is not all the walking that can be accessed from the town of Settle, the long distance Ribble Way that is a liner walk comes straight into town. As the name suggests it follows the River Ribble from its source at Ribblehead! To the sea near Preston (Lancashire).  Also the Forest of Bowland AONB is just a few miles away and is another vast and wild landscape.

Drying and Washing facilities

Don’t worry if the weather is not so kind – rain is possible! So we can help you dry out your wet gear, we have areas that we can put your walking boots and clothes to dry out. So you don’t need to create a laundry in your room!

Baggage Transfer / Storage

Various baggage/courier companies that will carry your bags for long distance walks when you maybe stopping one night along a liner route. Also let us know if you want us to store bags before or after your stay, we accommodate this in some way – talk to us about this.

Local Guide and Navigation Courses on Map Reading

We know of a local guide at Wolftracks that will be your first option for a friendly, informative person to lead you around the local area and the Yorkshire 3 peaks. What ever the distance (well within reason!) Check out this newspaper feature

Another good option is also local, based in the next vilage, who knows the Yorkshire Dales really well for guiding. Where2Walk also sell some great books / maps and ideas for a walking holiday

Both will run Navigation Courses and Map Reading for those who don’t want to rely on technology in the hills – a life saver as Mobile signal is poor in large parts of the Western Dales. You can only get moble signal near Whernside/Ribblehead, and maybe Pen Y Ghent for example. So forget any hope of a G or 4 !