Yorkshire Dales Guide to Settle


Settle is a bustling market town in the foothills of the Pennines amongst some of the most picturesque scenery in North Yorkshire. The town stands beside the largest outcrop of limestone in Britain - in a region of scars, cliffs, caves and potholes. At the rear of the town a zigzag footpath leads to the summit of Castleberg crag offering a vantage point of the town in its dale and fell. Settle is a good base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales.

Settle is at its most liveliest and colourful on Tuesdays, when the weekly market takes place attracting traders from far and wide - non-stop variety without charge. Adequate car parking space is available in the town's 3 car-parks situated within easy walking distance of the town centre.

The market place is surrounded by local businesses - mostly family-owned, with some offering items for sale unique to the Settle area. The centre is dominated by the Shambles, a historic 3-storey building with shops on two levels and houses above, and the Town Hall, built on the site of the toll-booth which was pulled down in 1820.

Situated within Settle is the railway station serving the community with a regular passenger service. A recommended outing is the return journey from Settle to Appleby on the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway constructed between 1869 and 1876. Periodically charter trains with diesel and steam locomotives storm the long drag which has a ruling gradient of 1 in 100.

Visitors to Settle have a tremendous choice of accommodation to suit every budget - hotels with en-suite rooms, luxury guest houses, self-catering cottages and apartments, and caravan and camping sites.

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  • The Falcon Manor

    A truly contemporary Yorkshire Dales country house hotel. Stylish and sophisticated but not at all stuffy, offering the warmest of welcomes, superb boutique style accommodation and delicious food in our bar and brasserie.

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  • Harts Head Hotel

    The Harts Head Inn is a 4 Diamond Country Inn in Giggleswick, within easy walking distance of Settle. Offering 7 en-suite bedrooms with a first class restaurant menu, wide range of ales and an emphasis on service and quality, Harts Head makes a superb location for a holiday or short break.

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  • Oast Guest House

    In the unspoilt old market town of Settle at the southern edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, the Oast Guest House welcomes vegans, traditional vegetarians and people who require special diets for bed and breakfast with optional dinner.

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  • Hornby Laithe Bunkhouse Barn

    Bunkbarn accommodation in Yorkshire 3 Peaks area offering low cost, simple, yet comfortable accommodation for up to 46 party members plus 4 separate staff/leader places. Facilities include: conference room, recreational area in separate barn, camping area, full catering by arrangement.

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  • Cowper Cottage Bed & Breakfast

    Cowper Cottage offers 4 Diamond Silver Award B&B accommodation near the Ribble Way long distance path, offering a wonderful view of open countryside with Pen-y-Ghent in the distance. Locally there is the Yorkshire Dales 3 Peaks, numerous short walks and easy access to Dales attractions.

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  • King William the fourth Guest House

    This high quality B&B accommodation in the centre of Settle and the Yorkshire Three Peaks region offers 6 delightfully individual en suite rooms blending period decor with modern features. There is a ground floor room which is also pet friendly, guest parking and secure bicycle storage is available.

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    Activities and Adventure

  • Ingleborough Caves

    Wonderful show cave near Ingleton and Settle offering stunning cave formations, the imposing and the large passages full of artefacts dating back millions of years. Also offering adventure tours trips for children into the further reaches of the Cave.

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  • Settle Falconry

    Yorkshire Dales Falconry Centre lies 3 miles from Settle. It houses around 35 birds of prey including various species of Eagles, Vultures, Hawks, Falcons and Owls from around the world. Apart from Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day, the Falconry Centre is open daily from 10am.

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  • Settle-Carlisle Railway

    The Settle and Carlisle Railway is a 73 mile long railway journey crossing beautiful landscape in the Yorkshire Dales and Lake District. Highlights include the Ribblehead and Dent Head Viaducts, Dent Station, the highest station in England at 1150 ft, Appleby and the Eden Valley.

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  • Yorkshire Dales Guides

    Adventure Activities above and below ground in the Yorkshire Dales offering caving, climbing and abseiling, skills for walking, guided walks, challenge events, team building, school and youth groups, Bowland GPS trails, and film location management

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    Educational Activities

  • Settle Story Telling Festival

    Every October the Settle Story Telling festival offers 4 days of events filled with magic, music, laughter, cakes and crocodiles. The historic streets of Settle, in the Yorkshire Dales echo to various tales, yarns and story telling workshops.

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    Food, Drink and Craft Visits

  • Courtyard Dairy Artisan Cheeses

    For an extra-special cheese, pop into The Courtyard Dairy near Settle. Andy and Kathy select only the best cheeses from small farms and artisan producers, then give them that magical touch of special maturing that they learnt first-hand from some of the most famous cheesemongers in France and England.

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