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High Bentham to Settle - South & East

A strenuous walk (low hills and fells (below 600m)) starting and finishing in North Yorkshire, England, about 26.40km (16.40 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 8:45h (1 overnight stay). It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Gain 416m (1364ft)
Loss 358m (1174ft)
Max. Elevation 480m (1574ft)
Elevation (total) 774m (2538ft)
Start
High Bentham Railway Station
End
Settle
Distance 26.40km
(16.4mi)
Duration ~8:45h
Difficulty  
Strenuous
2Created by mac.hawk on 05 Nov 2015
High Bentham is on the Leeds-Morecambe rail line, return trains to the Leeds end from Giggleswick or Settle. In 2015 Stagecoach No80 bus service between Lancaster and Ingleton serves Bentham. Walk has sections across unwaymarked and unpathed moors in places so please take note of this. Three trig 'tigs' for those so afflicted with trigpointing.

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Waypoints

OS Grid SD666689
Exit the railway station and take the road south along the Slaidburn Road and head towards the trig point on Burn Moor.
OS Grid SD670662
After 2 miles reach Loftshore Moss, east of Great Stone of Fourstones. It's tempting to think you can follow the boudary fence SE to the trig but don't as it's a bog here.
About 2.72 km (~1.69 miles) from
OS Grid SD673653
Continue along the road for 3/4 miles and turn left along a track (Petersbottom Lane). Follow it to the shooting box and continue to rise uphill where a path leads to Burn Moor trig pillar.
About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
OS Grid SD694645
From the trig pillar turn south and follow the fenceline for approx 3 miles over Thistle Hill to Raven's Castle. At best there's a sheep trail that runs alongside the fence on either side.
About 2.23 km (~1.39 miles) from
OS Grid SD700606
At Raven's Castle follow the fence/wall left (east) along a quad bike track that pretty much leads you all the way to the trig point on Bowland Knotts.
About 3.95 km (~2.45 miles) from
OS Grid SD722603
From the trig point follow Keasden Road north for 1 1/4 miles and turn right along an unwaymarked track just south of Dovenanter.
About 2.23 km (~1.39 miles) from
OS Grid SD726634
Follow the track on the right (east) to reach the bridleway NW of Brow Side Plantation and follow to Stoops Barn.
About 3.13 km (~1.94 miles) from
OS Grid SD738641
A little beyond Stoops Barn turn right to follow the northern edge of the plantation, then across fields to join the road and follow to Kings Gate.
About 1.39 km (~0.86 miles) from
OS Grid SD757642
At Kings Gate leave the road to take the adjacent farm track south to pass the New House Pasture trig pillar. Keep following the track to soon turn left to Howith Farm.
About 1.90 km (~1.18 miles) from
OS Grid SD764637
Pass through the farm buildings and take either path that heads ahead right (NE) that will bring you onto Stackhouse Lane. Continue to Four Lane Ends.
About 0.87 km (~0.54 miles) from
OS Grid SD775645
At Four Lane Ends turn right for just over 1/2 mile then turn left along a track to reach Paley Green Lane.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from
OS Grid SD790641
At Paley Green Lane turn right briefly and just beyond the first farmhouse on the left take a waymarked footpath downhill to cross the railway line and the A65.
About 1.52 km (~0.94 miles) from
OS Grid SD795641
Once over the road cross a stile & take a footpath that heads ahead right towards the coppice on the hill. A stile on the right summits the hill, the path descends with the wall on the right.
About 0.50 km (~0.31 miles) from
OS Grid SD807638
The path leads you to pass the impressive Giggleswick Chapel on your left. Pass the tennis courts & follow the path left to reach the tarmac road and turn right, downhill into Giggleswick.
About 1.24 km (~0.77 miles) from
OS Grid SD809640
At the junction just before the stream turn right and follow for 1/2 mile to crossroads (or carry on ahead into Giggleswick & Settle villages).
About 0.31 km (~0.19 miles) from
OS Grid SD809633
Turn right for Giggleswick/left for Settle rail stations. It's about a mile to either. Toilets at Settle station and village nearby. No facilities at Giggleswick station but nearby pub (Craven Arms).
About 0.65 km (~0.4 miles) from
OS Grid SD816634
The walk is nominally about 18 1/5 miles but the traverse of Burn Moor along an un-pathed route will require a bit of wandering to avoid boggy sections so it's more like 20 miles.
About 0.70 km (~0.43 miles) from

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