The last coach Ramble of 2017 will visit Settle. Settle is an attractive little market town situated in the Yorkshire Dales on the river Ribble and the Settle to Carlisle railway. There will as usual be A and B walks(details below) and it is possible to come and do your own walks or to not walk as long as you are back on the bus for 6.00pm. Settle has a number of cafes and pubs and two fish and chip shops.
The coach will depart from ArundelGate/Howard St at 8.00am and will leave Settle to return no later than 6.00pm.
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A Walk 13.5 miles (option to shorten to 11 miles)
Leaders David Hogg and Liz Savage
The A walk starts from a drop off in Horton in Ribblesdale and makes a steady, reasonably gradual ascent on good paths and tracks via Horton Scar and Hull Pot to the summit of Pen-y-Ghent. There is a brief section of steep rocky descent from the top before we continue down and join the Ribble Way to Stainforth. From Stainforth there is an option for those who wish to, to to shorten the walk and return to Settle directly via Langcliffe (11 miles). If time permits we will make some further ascent to Winskill and on to Jubilee and Victoria caves and Attermire Scar before retuning to Settle along the Dales High Way.
B Walk 8 miles
Leaders Cath and Malcolm Mackay
This is a circular walk based on the small town of Settle, taking in many of the well known features of the area. We shall build in plenty of time to look at these and enjoy them at a leisurely pace.
We begin with with a long, steady climb up the valley side which will be taken slowly (we do not rush upon hills any more). the effort is quickly rewarded with lovely views of the Ribble valley, Settle and the hills beyond which stay with us for the first half of the day. When we reach Attermire Scar we have done nearly all the climbing for the day and the ground generally levels out. Now we are in typical Dales limestone scenery with its crags and terraces. This area is renowned for its caves and we shall visit Victoria and Jubilee caves.
The scenery becomes more open as we follow good tracks, some stony, some grassy, with Pen-y-Ghent coming into view. At Winskill stones we can see a geological oddity called "Sampson's Toe". This an erratic; an isolated boulder that is of a different rock from that on which it sits, probably carried from somewhere else by the melting ice after the last ice age.
Next comes Cattrigg Force, which is well worth seeing in its narrow, wooded gorge. We then follow an attractive lane downhill into the pretty village of Stainforth with its stepping stones (which are big, solid and safe, but can be avoided if the river is in flood). We cross the River Ribble via an old bridge to Stainforth Force. From here we follow the "Ribble Way" long distance footpath alongside the river. The walk finishes on a grassy path into Settle.