About the Settle Area
"With a wealth of impressive Listed Buildings, Scheduled Ancient Monuments and Conservation Areas,
Start your exploration of the heritage and culture of Settle and the surrounding area at The Folly, a 17th Century Grade 1 listed, 17th Century Town House that houses a Museum, Exhibitions, Coffee House, Artisans Gallery and Gift Shop.
Uphill from The Folly, explore the narrow streets of the oldest parts of the town where many intriguing architectural features can be spied.
The Market Place is surrounded by a variety of glorious buildings, most notably the Shambles (1675) and the Town Hall (1832) now housing a great selection of shops, galleries and places to eat.
The Victoria Hall opened as a music hall in 1853 and still has regular shows making it the oldest, continuously-operating music hall in the country. Take a peek at the fire curtain on which has been painted a picture of Settle Market Place in the 1700s.
Take the Riverside Walk and spot the three former mills (now converted to other uses!) that are an important part of Settle’s industrial heritage.
The iconic Settle-Carlisle Railway is a heritage treasure trove. Visit Settle Station with its working Signal Box and Water Tower that has been restored and converted into a quirky home or travel along Ribblesdale to the Viaduct and Visitor Centre at Ribblehead set amidst the wonderful 3 Peaks landscape.
Don’t miss the breathtaking Hoffman Kiln (1873), a scheduled Ancient Monument and a remnant of the once important lime making industry. It’s just off the B6479 between Langcliffe and Stainforth and next to the Settle-Carlisle railway.
“Castleberg Crag is a limestone scar that towers over Settle offering a tantalising glimpse
A short walk into the hills above Settle soon brings you to the wonders of Attermire Scar with its many caves where bones of prehistoric animals have been found.
To the north of Settle is the spectacular limestone scenery of Ribblesdale where the landscape is dominated by Yorkshire’s famous Three Peaks; Pen-y-ghent, Ingleborough and Whernside. The area is famous for its many potholes and caves created by the eroding action of water on limestone.
Ribblesdale was sculpted by glaciers during the last ice age so you’ll spot many glacial features. Look out for the Norber Erratics above Austwick and the Winskill Stones above Langcliffe
Waterfalls (or ‘Forces’ as they are known locally) are always magical places to discover and there are fabulous examples nearby; Stainforth Force, Catrigg Force and Scaleber Force. In Autumn you may see salmon jumping the falls at Stainforth!
A short distance to the east of Settle is Malhamdale where you can discover magnificent Malham Cove, a huge natural limestone cliff that was once the scene of a prehistoric waterfall, and Goredale Scar, a 400ft deep limestone gorge. Set high above Malham on Malham Moor is Malham Tarn, a large glacial lake owned by the National Trust and made famous as the setting for Charles Kingsley’s classic children’s novel, “The Water Babies”.
To the west of Settle is the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Gisburn Forest is crisscrossed with walking and cycling trails and makes a great day out. Stocks Reservoir, on the edge of Gisburn Forest, has 350 acres of open water surrounded by magnificent hills and moorland.
“Shopping in Settle is like travelling back in time to before the emergence of the chain stores
The vast majority of Settle shops are independently owned by people who live in the local area. Their shops inhabit buildings which have been occupied over the years by many generations of shop owners whose goods and services reflected the particular needs and aspirations of their era.
The beauty of visiting an independent shop is that you are guaranteed to be served by someone with a real passion for their products and helpful expertise that will guide you towards making the right purchase. A friendly face and excellent customer service are a hallmark of the Settle shopping experience.
The shopping area is centred around the historic market place that was granted a Market Charter in 1248 by Henry III and is overlooked by the majestic Castleberg Crag that towers over the town. The shopping area extends along Duke Street, Church Street, Cheapside, High Street, Chapel Street, Kirkgate, Station Road, Commercial Courtyard and Bishopdale Court. This central area is very compact and the avid shopper will undoubtedly be rewarded by exploring all the twists and turns, ginnels and courtyards.
There are three car parks that service the town centre, all reasonably priced and located very close to the shops.
An enjoyable shopping experience isn't restricted to Settle Town Centre. We recommend you seek out the Courtyard Dairy on the A65 between Settle and Austwick, Watershed Mill on the road between Settle and Langcliffe and Town Head Farm Shop at Airton in Malhamdale.
“The Settle area has a history of providing hospitality to travellers and visitors since 1750s
A number of coaching inns still survive from the days of the turnpike and continue the tradition of providing comfortable rooms, tasty food and a wide variety of drinks (although they no longer have facilities for stabling your horse!).
There is also a great selection of restaurants, cafés, coffee houses, tearooms and take-aways that cater for all tastes and budgets.
When it comes to selecting a place to stay, you are spoilt for choice and sure to find something that perfectly matches your requirements. If it’s the lap of luxury you are looking for then take your pick from two lovely country house hotels, the ‘traditional, Georgian’ Traddock or the ‘contemporary, boutique’ Falcon Manor.
If your preference is for a cosy, traditional Inn where you can sample local ales and delicious wholesome food before retiring to your bed, you can make your selection from some fine examples such as The Golden Lion, The Talbot Arms, The Craven Arms and The Boar's Head.
For brilliant homely service, nothing can beat the choice of stylish guest houses or welcoming bed & breakfasts.
If self-catering is your preferred option then there is a fantastic choice of delightful holiday cottages and holiday homes.
Pitches are available for Touring Caravans and Tents at a number of award-winning Holiday Parks within a short distance of Settle. These parks are especially attractive for families with on-site dining, games rooms and play areas.
“There is a huge variety of things to explore, discover and enjoy in the Settle Area
whether you are visiting for a day, a short break or a longer holiday”
During the day ....
The Settle area is prime country for walking, cycling and mountain biking, all of which are wonderful ways of exploring the local countryside. Discover hidden places using the many routes and trails that criss-cross the area. Take a gentle stroll along the banks of the River Ribble or the challenge of the 24 mile Three Peaks walk.
You could even try caving & rock climbing. Expert training and guidance is available from Yorkshire Dales Guides at Stainforth.
Less strenuous pursuits include exploring and browsing the delightful shops, galleries, museums and eateries of Settle. A ride on the famous Settle-Carlisle line is a ‘must-do’ and a great way of viewing the lovely Dales scenery.
Settle is well known for its fab Festivals; the Ride2Stride Settle-Carlisle Walking Festival in April, the Flowerpot Festival over the summer months (guaranteed to make you smile!) and the Folk Gathering at the beginning of September are just a few examples.
During the evening ....
After an early supper at a local restaurant you can visit one of the two excellent theatres in the area; Victoria Hall in Settle and The Richard Whiteley Theatre in Giggleswick. Both venues have full programmes of music, dance, drama, comedy and film. Check their websites for upcoming events.
A wide variety of events are held throughout the year in local inns, cafes, churches, village halls and museum. Check out the various notice boards or ask at the TIC to find out what is going on.