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 08 January 2017

Coach Trip to Settle

Settle is a bustling market town and old parish in the Craven District of North Yorkshire.  Idealy situated between the Yorkshire Dale and the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that is the Forest of Bowland. 

 

Walk Details (to date)

A” party                   Leader   Harvey Thompson     12 miles    Easy/Moderate

We slip the clutch, grind the gears and charge away from Hellifield (SD856564). We join Haw Lane and go onto Newton Moor.Westroll alongLangber Laneand are treated with a visit to Scaleber Force.With a zig and a zag we are soon at AttermireScar and see the historic rifle butts used when there was a threat of war with France. A steady climb gets us to the summit of Warrendale Knotts (at 1444ft our highest point of the day). Enthusiastically we have to visit Victoria Cave to hear about hippos, elephants,bears, Romans, Primitive Man, et al.all visiting here before us!!

Downhill to Settle we head up through Castlebergh Plantation where we see the naked man and our noble limousines. 

The walk is 12miles long, on recognised paths with 500ft of ascent. 

 

“B” party                           Leader   Chris Thornley                       9 miles      Moderate

Starting from Settle we take a path along Brockhole Lane to Lodge Road up to Lambert Lane. Continue to Sugar Loaf Hill then on to Attermire Scar, Victoria Cave and Jubilee Cave.  Then onto Upper Winskill, Catrigg Force and Stainforth.  We then pick up the Ribble Way along the banks of the River Ribble. Continue to Stackhouse abd back into Settle.  Can be muddy in places.

 

“C” party ​​Leader    Paul Brown​       ​      8 miles​Moderate

This walk starts at the car/coach park in Settle, from where we walk past the market place then climb for about 1½ miles north eastwards, steeply at first, to reach the highest point of the walk near Cowside.  After descending gradually to Upper Winskilland Lower Winskill , we descend quite steeply along the wooded Stainforth Scar  to come into Stainforth village. After crossing the road ( underpass ) we walk to Stainforth Force and then continue on paths following the west side of the River Ribbletowards Langcliffe, walk through Stackhouse and then on into Settle.  Overall about 300 metres of ascent on this walk, to be taken at a steady pace.  Good views across Ribblesdale and some interesting things to see. The route follows tracks, country roads, field, woodland and riverside paths with a few stiles to cross. Throughout the walk there are muddy stretches and there is also smooth limestone rock at ground level, so care is needed.   

“D”  party                        Leader  Barbara Sharples                   6.5 miles

We leave the car park and soon we cross over the River Ribblevia a footbridge to take the Ribble Way to Stainforth. We pass the footbridge and weir at Langcliffe and continue to follow the riverside path before steps lead to a stile and an elevated stretch.  Look out for the heron.  Lunch will be enjoyed on the rocks at Stainforth Force.   We pass Stainforth Force and go over the humpback Stainforth Bridge.    We will pass Stainforth Beck, in the village, before we start our return to Settle via a short stretch of road, then a footpath alongside the railway line, through Stainforth Tunnel, passing a disused quarry and Stainforth Scar on our left, lime kilns, Langcliffe church and finally the descent into Settle Market Place.  There are quite a few stiles, stonewalls and stepping stones to negotiate but the walk is fairly level and almost all of it is on fields and well-trodden tracks.

 

Pickup Time for the Return Journey     5.00pm  from the coach park by the garage on main road near the railway arches.

 

  

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D Walk 6.5 miles

 We leave the car park and soon we cross over the River Ribble via a footbridge to take the Ribble Way to Stainforth. We pass the footbridge and weir at Langcliffe and continue to follow the riverside path before steps lead to a stile and an elevated stretch.  Look out for the heron. Lunch will be enjoyed on the rocks at Stainforth Force.  We pass Stainforth Force and go over the humpback Stainforth Bridge.    We will pass Stainforth Beck, in the village, before we start our return to Settle via a short stretch of road, then a footpath alongside the railway line, through Stainforth Tunnel, passing a disused quarry and Stainforth Scar on our left, lime kilns, Langcliffe church and finally the descent into Settle Market Place.  There are quite a few stiles, stonewalls and stepping stones to negotiate but the walk is fairly level and almost all of it is on fields and well-trodden tracks.

Leader Barbara Sharples

Walking Distance 6.5 miles

 

Morning (Outward) Pick-Up Points

Blackburn Coach

08:00     Darwen : Boots Duckworth St

08:05     Darwen : Lynwood Avenue

08:10     Ewood : Empire Theatre

08:15.    Blackburn : Penny Street

08:20     Oswaldtwistle : Black Dog

08:25     Oswaldtwistle : The Civic Theatre

08:35     Accrington : Whalley Rd, opposite Music Box 

08:40     Accrington : Victoria Hospital

08:50     Clayton : Hare and Hounds

08:55     Harwood : Nightingales Garage

09:00     Whalley : King Street

09:05     Clitheroe : York Street

Burnley Coach

08:20     Padiham : Town Hall

08:22     Padiham : Whitegates

08:25     Burnley : Tim Bobbin

08:30     Burnley : Bus Station

08:35     Burnley : Brennard Street

08:40     Brierfield : Town Hall

08:45     Nelson : Bus Station

08:50     Nelson : Walton lane, Leeds Road

08:55     Colne : Crown Hotel

09:00     Colne : Library

09:05     Colne : Alkincoates

09:10     Barrowford : Heritage Centre

09:20     Gisburn : White Bull