YorkshireNet Guide to Settle

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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.

The Shambles, Settle