Walk or Ride - The Settle Loop


The Settle Loop was the first section of the Pennine Bridleway to be opened in the Yorkshire Dales National Park in August 2005. It is a 10 mile (16km) circuit which takes in some stunning limestone scenery including views of the nationally important Malham Tarn, Yorkshire’s Three Peaks and Attermire Scar.

Starting in Settle, the loop climbs steeply out of this lovely town into the National Park, traverses a wonderful limestone upland, before descending back towards Settle on mixed gravel and grass trails. There are many other bridleways in the area which can be used to extend your journey by linking to Malham village and Tarn, and over into Littondale and Wharfedale.

Please note that the route is steep, tough and reasonably remote in places – riders and walkers will need to be fit. Experienced off-road cyclists could expect to complete the circuit in around two to three hours, but for walkers and horse-riders this is an all-day activity.

Download a map and directions for the Settle Loop >>