The Settle Area
A rural idyll with a bustling traditional market town at its heart
The Settle Area is 185 square miles of wonderful countryside, spectacular landscape and fascinating heritage
that lies on the south-western edge of the Yorkshire Dales National Park and the
north-eastern edge of the Forest of Bowland Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Area straddles the border between North Yorkshire and Lancashire
and is just a short distance from Cumbria and the Lake District.
The ancient market town of Settle is the 'capital' of the area and home to many places to shop, eat, stay and be entertained.
The town is surrounded by characterful villages, each with its own distinctive personality and charm.
Ribblesdale is the largest dale in the area.
The smaller dales are Malhamdale, Chapel-le-Dale, Crummackdale, Clapdale and Silverdale.
Lying within the area are the magnificent Three Peaks of Yorkshire (Whernside, Ingleborough & Pen-y-Ghent)
and the spectacular landscape of Malham Cove, Goredale Scar and Malham Tarn.
Stainforth Foss, Catrigg Foss, Scaleber Foss and Janet's Foss are the grandest and most accessible
of the picturesque waterfalls waiting to be discovered, although there are a myriad of smaller falls
and cascades dotted throughout a landscape in which the sound of bubbling water is an ever-present companion.