Settle and Victoria Cave

Settle and Victoria Cave

Settle and Victoria Cave

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Settle and Victoria Cave
Distance: 5½ miles
Duration: 2 hours inc breaks
Level of walk: MediumView Walks Key
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Why you should do this walk…
For the great views of Pen–y-ghent and Ingleborough – two of the three Yorkshire Peaks, great if you and your dog haven’t got time to walk up them right now – there’s always another day of course!  The caves add intrigue to the walk and being so close to the Warrendale Knotts is awesome, but the best thing about this walk is how much fun your dog will have on the varied terrain and romping around the fields and grassy paths.

What else you need to know

How to get there – From the A65 turn onto the B6480 at Lawkland or Cleatop and follow to the centre of Settle. By train – Settle station is very handy for the centre of the bustling market town, services are operated by Northern Rail. Bus No. 580 from Skipton and Giggleswick operated by Pennine Motor Services or No. 581 from Ingleton and Kirkby Lonsdale operated by Kirkby Lonsdale Coach Hire.

Suggested map – OS Explorer OL2 Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western areas

Car park – pay and display in Settle

Start – war memorial in Settle market place

Length/time – 5 ½ miles, takes around 2 hours including breaks

Terrain/difficulty – MEDIUM, rugged in places, with some gradient but nothing to worry about

Dog friendliness – it’s the Dales, so expect to see some sheep but even so this walk offers lots of off-lead time so your well-behaved pooch can enjoy romping on the lush, green paths. Dog bins in Settle.  One stile.

Food and drink – The Golden Lion Hotel on Duke Street in Settle is dog-friendly and there are cafés and pubs with outside seating areas for when the weather is fine too. See Directories for details.

Public toilets – in Settle

Other interesting info:

The famous Settle and Carlisle Railway runs through the town and good views of it can be seen in the early stages of the walk. The line was opened by the Midland Railway as an alternative route from London to Scotland and first carried passengers in 1876. One hundred years later however, the high cost of maintaining the line with its numerous bridges and tunnels was cited by British Rail, who wished to close it. A campaign to keep the line open was waged by the Friends of the Settle-Carlisle Line (FoSCL), culminating in a refusal to sanction its closure by the government in 1989.

Since then, the line has gone from strength to strength thanks to investment, station re-openings and increased partnerships with the communities served along its route. Special excursion trains, often hauled by steam locomotives regularly pass along the line, with information posted at the Settle station shop staffed by FoSCL.

The Walk

  1. Starting in the market square by the war memorial with the main road to the left, head right in front of the NatWest bank towards Constitution Hill, passing the Co-op to the left. Continue on uphill, ignoring a road to your right and follow the lane as it bends to the left in front of a row of houses. Soon afterwards, take a right onto a rugged, stony track. Follow a sign for the Pennine Bridleway and Langcliffe. The track turns to the right at a gate and starts to climb.
  2. The track is now lined by stone walls on each side. As it climbs, there are excellent views of Settle below to the left.  Pass through a gate by an old stone farm building and continue straight ahead following the footpath sign to Winskill, while keeping the wall to the left. There may well be sheep grazing here so be prepared to put your dog on a lead. Pass through a gate onto another wall lined track, and continue ahead while enjoying the views of Pen-y-ghent in front and Ingleborough to the left.
  3. Ignoring the stile and gate to the left, keep going steadily uphill towards a gate in the stone wall ahead.  Pass through the gate and head diagonally up the rise looking for a rocky outcrop coming into view on the right. Join a track which heads towards a gate in the stone wall ahead, pass through it keeping the trees to the right while appreciating the view up the valley towards Stainforth.
  4. Now on a clear path, keep ahead to a gate between two stone walls in the corner of the field near to the trees. Once through the gate, stay on the path with trees ahead and to your right.  At the corner of the wall, turn sharp right as the path continues towards a gate by the corner of a road.
  5. Pass through the gate and follow the Public Bridleway sign to Langscar, along a lane bearing right through a gate next to a cattle grid. Keeping the stone wall to the right, continue along the lane passing a barn and following a sign for Victoria Cave. Ignore a metal gate to the right and continue on the lane to another gate, and after passing through take an immediate right turn following the sign to Victoria Cave.
  6. Pass through a kissing gate and up some stone steps, before keeping ahead along the winding stony path with the wall to the right, over which great views of the Dales can be seen. There is the option to venture left for a glimpse of the entrance to Victoria Cave. Back on the path, where the wall ends, keep ahead along a grassy path ignoring another path joining from the right.
  7. Keep ahead on the clear path over a rise and enjoy fantastic views of the Southern Dales, before winding downhill towards a new gate in the stone wall to the right. Pass through the gate into a rocky field and continue downhill bearing right near the bottom.
  8. Continue on the path, keeping a stone wall to the left while following the footpath sign to Banks Lane, Settle. Cross a stile in the left hand corner of the field to cross the stone wall ahead and continue along the clear path in front, with the Warrendale Knotts to your right. At a fork ignore the path to the right and keep ahead, soon bearing slightly right in the vicinity of a cave entrance in the rocky hillside. Pass by a tumble-down stone wall, as the path widens with magnificent views all around. The path eventually meets the stone wall to the right at a large metal gate, next to a smaller wooden gate at the side for walkers.
  9. Pass through the gate and continue ahead, as Settle once again comes into view. The path bears left downhill to meet your outward route at the end of the lane by the stone farm building. Head back along the wall lined track and Constitution Hill to the market square at Settle.

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  1. Chris  - 05/09/2013 - 2:55 pm

    Be aware that “crossing the stone wall” involves a tall, ladder stile, which is an interesting experience with dogs who’ve never climbed such things. When we did this walk, the field beyond had cows in it, so take care.

  2. Ann Joyce  - 14/03/2014 - 5:50 pm

    Thank you, we used this route yesterday. We really enjoyed the walk despite fog at the beginning. Looking forward to doing it again in clear weather.
    The instructions were clear. No need even to check the OS map. Nice even tracks throughout: no bogs, uneven ground, hummocks etc. Our dog is used to ladder stiles, so that was no problem, and it was fairly unusual for us to only have one to negotiate.

  3. Stacey  - 11/09/2015 - 10:40 pm

    I did this walk last weekend recently with my son and my labrador. It was a beautiful walk, and the instructions were very clear although we found it took longer than we had anticipated. Towards the end of the walk (Instruction 7) as we entered the rocky field we were confronted with a field full of cows and calf’s which made negotiating our way through this field difficult. On the whole a lovely walk which we would do again.

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Walking on mostly flat terrain, little walking up hill and few styles or dry stone walls to negotiate. Distance from 1 to 5 miles.

Some walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, negotiating dry stone walls. Distance from 3 to 6 miles.

A lot of walking up steep hills over rugged terrain, and some scrambling up rocks. Distance from 6 miles upwards.

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