Exciting Adventures

Walking, Cycling, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing, Caving, Potholing, Wild Swimming, Geocaching

The Settle Area is a great place for outdoor activities for all levels of experience - from beginner to expert!
The activities described below are for those who are happy to undertake them on their own or in a group.
If you would like to learn a new skill, improve an existing skill or hire an experienced Guide
to organise and lead your adventure, then take a look at our section on Experiences.


The Settle Area has a vast network of public footpaths and bridleways that enable you to get 'up-close and personal' with some of the most spectacular countryside and landscapes in the world.
Mountain Biking
The Settle Area has a variety of Mountain Bike routes. Click below for a selection of some of the best routes, ranging from a 4 mile circuit of Malham Tarn to a challenging 36 mile route around Pen-y-Ghent.
Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find the geocache (container) hidden at that location. There are a number of Geocaches in the Settle area.
Wild Swimming
The rivers, becks, waterfalls and pools within the Settle Area provide some great opportunities for wild swimming. The best known spots are Stainforth Force, Catrigg Force and Janet's Foss - but there are many others if you are in the know!
Rock Climbing
With over 50 limestone crags and more than 1900 climbs, the Settle Area offers some fabulous rock climbing challenges for all levels of capability. Crags include Castleberg, Malham Cove,  Trow Gill, Attermire Scar, Gordale Scar, Hull Pot and Giggleswick Scar ...
Cycling is a great way of exploring the wonderful countryside within the Settle Area and beyond. Both the Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland offer a range of wide cycling routes from gentle to very challenging.
Caving & Potholing
Beneath the Settle Area are some of the finest and most spectacular cave systems in the UK!  Victoria Cave, Jubilee Cave, Gaping Gill, Juniper Gulf, Grey Wife Hole, Quaking Pot, Sunset Hole, Hurtle Pot, Little Douk Pot are the intriguing names of just a few ...
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