"Dales railway junction" Settle by Sjalen

Settle Travel Guide: 3 reviews and 16 photos

Settle is the major town in the south-western part of the Yorkshire Dales. This is not to say that it is a big place, it is just that everywhere around it there are smaller villages and Settle was the one which grew due to being given a market charter in 1249 (and Tuesday is still market day). Today, you can still see the remains of the old butchers' row in the form of the Shambles archways in the market place (see picture above).

At the southern end of Ribblesdale, it is a good base for exploring villages like Horton-in-Ribblesdale (where you can also base yourself) and the famous geological and natural phenomena of the western Dales, like Pen-y-Ghent. Settle itself also has a hill, the ever present Castleberg. I visited in winter, when the weather was really dull as you can see in the pictures, but this just convinced me that I have to come again. Next time hopefully to try out the most famous sight - the Settle to Carlisle Railway. Read more about it under transport. Until my next visit, have a look at this page to see sunny pictures and lots of things to do that I never had time to on my flash visit from York: http://www.yorkshire-dales.com/settle.html

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:scenic, railway history
  • Cons:misty winters
  • In a nutshell:Railway romance and desolate fells
  • Last visit to Settle: Mar 1995
  • Intro Updated Sep 6, 2006
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