Settle with Crosby Rambling Club.

On Sunday I was out walking with Crosby Rambling Club when we visited Settle in Yorkshire. I chose to do the B walk, a steady 9 miles. It was a walk that I have done several times. I call it the caves and Waterfalls walk.

10. Easy walking

We left Settle and headed south-east climbing gently all the time. We then headed north to reach Stockdale Lane. On the way we met a farmer who had got an unexpected Sunday morning job. Part of a wall had fallen down and he had to repair it. He had an interesting audience with his herd of cows.

11 Repairing the wall

We continued along the lane for a short distance before turning left onto the Dales High Way. Here we went wrong and had an unplanned diversion continuing along the Dales High Way instead of following the path below Attermere Scar.

Back on track we strolled on enjoying the typical Yorkshire scenery.


12. Striding out

There were patches of Limestone pavement which i thought looked better in monochrome.

24 Limestone pavement

The scenery below Attermere Scar was impressive and a few of us climbed up to a small cave. A short distance further on we could look up and see Victoria Cave. The mouth of Victoria Cave is about 100 ft wide and 32 ft high and the chamber extends back about 100 ft. When the cave was excavated it yielded bones and artefacts ranging from the interglacial period of 120,000 years ago, through the stone age and the Romano-British period of 2000 years ago.



We continued on towards Jubilee Cave but just before reaching it we turned off and headed towards Catrigg Force where the waters of Stainforth Beck plunge 60 ft down into the gorge.

29 Catrigg Force

                                                                The top falls.

I climbed down the steps to view the falls from the bottom.

High above me some daredevil was walking across on a tightrope. He slipped and fell. We all gasped but he was securely tied on with his safety rope.

33. Catrigg Force35 Tifgtrope walker

We now headed down to Stainforth along the Pennine Bridleway. We had to cross the stepping stones over the River Ribble. I had been across them many times before without any problem, but today I froze on the third stone and needed some assistance to get across.

We followed the Dales High Way back to Settle pausing at Stainforth Force to take photos.

40. Stainforth Force

42. Stainforth Force

At Stackhouse we joined a lane and saw an interesting sign.


Our visit to Settle coincided with the Annual Flower Pot Festival. There were lots of interesting creations but we only had time to see a few of them.



The unplanned diversion had added on a couple of miles making our walk 11 miles. We were behind schedule but still managed a refreshing pint of Theakson’s Bitter before the journey home.

About crosbyman66

My aim is to create a photo diary of my walks and my travels. I have two main hobbies, walking and photography and these complement each other. I am a senior citizen, what used to be called an old age pensioner, but I don't feel old. Since retirement I have had more time to pursue my hobbies and the opportunity to travel more. My philosophy now is - Do what you can, while you can. My other interests are fine wines and keeping fit. These may not complement each other but keep me happy.
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1 Response to Settle with Crosby Rambling Club.

  1. Tracey says:

    Long walk but lots of interest

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