Yorkshire Dales guide to the Three Peaks, Ingleton and Settle

Three Peaks area of the Yorkshire Dales

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The Three Peaks area covers about 160 square kilometres of upland in the Pennines, with internationally famous limestone scenery. Much of the area is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, owing to the special nature and fragility of its upland ecosystem.

Whernside, Ingleborough and Penyghent, the Three Peaks, all around 700 metres high, are probably the most popular outdoor areas in the Yorkshire Dales National Park due to the wild landscape, the limestone features, and the hill walking potential. As many as 120,000 people climb Ingleborough each year.

The combination of high rainfall, poor drainage, and thousands of boots tramping across fragile vegetation have brought massive footpath erosion and damage to the natural ecology. As a result, the National Park has established several innovatory schemes to repair paths and safeguard the environment whilst preserving the natural wilderness feel.

Ribblehead, at the top of Ribblesdale, is in the centre of the Three Peaks and is itself famous for the Ribblehead Viaduct where the Settle-Carlisle Railway crosses the boggy moor. This was the site of an infamous shanty town during the railway construction, a task which required many tunnels, viaducts and bridges, and cost many lives. The ascent of Whernside is tackled from the Ribblehead area.

Further down the dale, Horton in Ribblesdale is a stopping off point for Pennine Way walkers and for the ascent of Pen-y-ghent. Dominated by its limestone quarry, it is a useful base for exploring upper Ribblesdale. The dales road continues through Stainforth, whose ford was replaced by a graceful packhorse bridge in the 1670s, and past Langcliffe to Settle, the market town for the area, overlooked by the enormous limestone crag of Castleberg.

Settle's market charter goes back to 1249, and on Tuesdays its Market Place is filled with a variety of colourful stalls, overlooked by the unusual two storey arched Shambles. Settle has retained many of its old buildings and its intimate atmosphere, with a wide range of small, independent shops. Nearby Giggleswick is an interesting village, well known for its public school.

Settle is by-passed from the A65 Leeds-Kendal road, which continues north west to Clapham, also by-passed.

More wooded than most Dales villages, Clapham is an excellent base for exploring Ingleborough and the limestone landscape north of the village. 

The Farrer family rebuilt Ingleborough Hall, planted thousands of trees, and transformed the village. They discovered and opened up Ingleborough Cave as a visitor attraction, now forming an outlet to the famous Gaping Gill system. The Reginald Farrer nature trail commemorates his exploits travelling the world in search of plants and new species. Every autumn is the Three Peaks Cycle Race.

Close to Clapham, Austwick is the site of the famous Norber Erratics. These are boulders carried by a glacier during the late Ice Age and dumped on this limestone plateau.

The limestone supporting them has been eroded away by rain and wind, leaving the huge boulders supported on small pedestals of white limestone.

Further north west, Ingleton provides another route to walk up Ingleborough, and is famous for its Waterfall Walk through the local ‘glens’. Village streets are narrow and winding, centred on the tiny market place.

On the Hawes road from Ingleton, White Scar Cave is open daily and features the longest show cave in Britain.

Settle-Carlisle railway Ingleton Watefalls Pen-y-ghent in the snow White Scar Cave, Ingleborough
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Ingleton , Three Peaks area
3 Rooms

Croft Gate nestles in the pretty and tranquil valley of Chapel le Dale, between majestic Whernside and the imposing peak of Ingleborough. All 3 rooms have a modern en-suite bathroom, fully equipped with a heated towel rail and under-floor heating. Each has a flat screen television and wireless internet.

Croft Gate
Stainforth near Settle , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 50

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.

Hornby Laithe Bunkhouse Barn
Ingleton , Three Peaks area
3 Rooms

B&B with good, home cooked breakfasts on a working dairy farm in a peaceful position with wonderful views near Ingleton in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Explore this stunning walking area with limestone crags, birdsong and wild flower meadows. Children at half price and dogs by arrangement.

Gatehouse Farm
Ingleton , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 2 to 3

Jasmine Cottage is a small cottage for couples holidays or small family short breaks. It is in the heart of Ingleton near the Ingleton Waterfalls Trail. Cosy accommodation with underfloor heating and up to two well behaved dogs welcome. Combine with next door Inglefall Cottage for group accommodation of up to 11.

Jasmine Cottage
Settle , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 5

This cosy holiday cottage is ideally located in historic Upper Settle. With a woodburning stove, fabulous views across Settle to the hills beyond, plus a lovely private garden, this is delightful place to stay. Within walking distance are shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs serving good food.

Settle Holiday Cottage
Chapel-le-Dale, Ingleton , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 20

Broadrake is at the foot of Whernside in the scattered hamlet of Chapel-le-Dale and a stone's throw from the Three Peaks Challenge Walk with spectacular views to Ribblehead and Ingleborough. Self catering accommodation near Ingleton and Settle for 20, superb first floor communal space with kitchen facilities.

Broadrake Bunkbarn
Settle , Three Peaks area
5 Rooms

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.

Oast Guest House
Ingleton , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 2 to 7

4 Cottages near Ingleton Yorkshire Three Peaks area sleeps 2 to 7, ideal for an individual or group holiday for up to 20 people. Set in 6 acres of open countryside with easy access to the Yorkshire Dales, Lake District and Forest Of Bowland, the cottages are great for family and outdoor pursuits holidays.

Oysterber Farm Holiday Cottages
Wigglesworth near Settle , Three Peaks area
2 Rooms

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.

Cowper Cottage Bed & Breakfast
Settle , Three Peaks area
6 Rooms

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.

King William the fourth Guest House
Ingleton , Three Peaks area

Ingleton and the surrounding area welcomes holidaymakers and boasts a range of holiday accommodation catering from Hotels and B&Bs to Cottages and Bunkbarns.

Ingleton Accommodation
Giggleswick near Settle , Three Peaks area
10 Rooms

The Harts Head Inn is a 4 Diamond Country Inn in Giggleswick, within easy walking distance of Settle. Offering 10 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.

Harts Head Hotel
Ingleton , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 4 to 6

Lundholme Farm offers 2 beautiful barn conversion cottages; Low Barn Cottage sleeping 6, Holme View sleeping 4 and a static caravan sleeping 6. Book them all for group accommodation for 16 people. Cottage with disability access. Stables available. Free Trout Fishing. Free Wifi. Pets welcome.

Lundholme Farm Cottages
Three Peaks area
3 Rooms

Welcome to ‘Broad Croft House B&B' in Horton-in-Ribblesdale. Our beautiful barn conversion is ideally situated for walkers and 3 Peak Challenge adventurers! We are also within close walking distance of the pubs, cafe and train station within the village and have our own car park for guests.

Broad Croft House
Ingleton , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 6 to 8

Inglefall Cottage is a large cottage for family and friends holidays or outdoor activity short breaks. It is near the Ingleton Waterfalls walk in Ingleton centre. Cosy accommodation with 2 woodburners and up to two well behaved dogs welcome. Combine with next door Jasmine Cottage for group accommodation of up to 11.

Inglefall Cottage
Thornton-in-Lonsdale , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 14

West View is a converted barn set in the Yorkshire Dales National Park providing comfortable, centrally heated accommodation for individuals, private groups (including walkers, climbers, cavers) or professional training groups for corporate bonding sessions.

West View
Ingleton , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 22

Barnstead Bunk Barn offers self catering accommodation for 22 people. Old Stable Cottage sleeping 2 -4 can be booked together or separately. Both bunkbarn and cottage are ideal bases from which to explore the Yorkshire Dales. Guests are welcome to enjoy the on site leisure centre with pool, sauna and gym

Barnstead Bunk Barn
Near Ingleton , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 2 to 4

Three luxury riverside cottages in a wonderful setting by the River Greta with free fishing, extensive grounds and woodlands. The cottages are pet friendly with bike storage and offer easy access to the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks, the Trough of Bowland and the Lake District.

Woodland River Cottages
Ingleton , Three Peaks area

This Ingleton Caravan and Camping Site benefits from an on site leisure centre with indoor pool, sauna and gym. It is secluded with beautiful 3 peaks views. All caravan pitches have hard standing and electricity. Facilities include toilet and shower block and drying room.

Stackstead Farm Caravan & Camping
Settle , Three Peaks area
16 Rooms

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.

The Falcon Manor
Chapel-le-Dale , Three Peaks area
2 Rooms

Historic Yorkshire Dales pub accommodation with superb food, situated in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales Three Peaks country between Ingleborough and Whernside. With 2 beautiful en-suite bedrooms and a caravan site on the grounds, it makes an ideal spot to stay for walkers wanting to explore the National Park.

The Old Hill Inn Ingleton
Clapham near Ingleton , Three Peaks area
Sleeps 2 to 4

Two beautiful, self-contained holiday apartments provide the perfect retreat in which to relax and unwind and are ideal for couples, small families or small groups of friends. They have a fresh, contemporary style and have been converted to a very high standard from the old shippon and dairy. Pets welcome.

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Map Key:

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge Paul Shorrock explores each of the Yorkshire 3 peaks through six day walks before moving on to the whole challenge. Includes OS 25k large scale mapping of all the walking routes.

The Yorkshire 3 Peaks Walk: A 25 Mile Circular Walk Starting in Horton in Ribblesdale A detailed description of the 25-mile circular 3 Peaks walk of of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough Useful particularly for preparing the novice walker.

OS Explorer ACTIVE OL2 Yorkshire Dales - Southern & Western areas (OS Explorer Map Active) lets you explore South and West Yorkshire Dales. Highlights include: Skipton, The Pennine Way, Settle and The Yorkshire three peaks, Whernside, Ingleborough and Pen-y-ghent.

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