3.3 of 5 (6 votes)


A moderate walk (countryside) in national park Yorkshire Dales in Lancashire, England, about 10.90km (6.77 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:15h. It is suitable for families with children, but unsuitable for prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 116m (380ft)
Descent 133m (436ft)
Max. Elevation 350m (1148ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 249m (816ft)
Start & End
Ribblehead railway station
Distance 10.90km
Duration ~3:15h
2Created by mac.hawk on 20 Dec 2014
A low level walk from Ribblehead railway station in 3 Peaks country visiting the church in Chapel-le-Dale. Refreshments and toilet available at Philpin Snack Bar on weekends Easter to late September.

Walk Functions


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OS Grid SD765789
Exit the railway station via the access road and upon reaching the Station Inn turn right for 100 yards, cross a cattle grid then turn left along a wide track heading for Ribblehead viaduct.
OS Grid SD759795
Don't go under the viaduct instead take the path that soon rises the small hill ahead and follow it for approx 1/2 mile then veer left under the railway line along a waymarked bridleway.
About 0.81 km (~0.5 miles) from
OS Grid SD757803
Follow the track to pass Winterscales Farm and reach a tarmac road. Carry on ahead for another 1/2 mile to now reach the farms at Ivescar.
About 0.88 km (~0.55 miles) from
OS Grid SD747797
Continue along the waymarked bridleway through a number of fields to pass directly in front of Broadrake farmhouse and soon pass through a gate into the walled track at Bruntscar.
About 1.18 km (~0.73 miles) from
OS Grid SD738790
Simply continue along the bridleway track , heading in the same direction, until you reach the farm at Ellerbeck.
About 1.10 km (~0.68 miles) from
OS Grid SD730785
Enter the farm yard & head left & follow the track through the farm as it quickly veers right then left again to pass a row of trees on the left. Upon reaching Ellerbeck Gill turn left down the track.
About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
OS Grid SD730783
Follow the track into a walled lane and simply follow it downhill to Chapel-le-Dale. At the road junction turn left.
About 0.22 km (~0.14 miles) from
OS Grid SD736771
Please take time to visit St Leonard's Church as it (& yard) is a lovely understated church with plaques to those who built & died (including their families) during the building of the railway line.
About 1.31 km (~0.81 miles) from
OS Grid SD738771
Upon reaching the Low Sleights Road turn left and follow the road for 1/4 mile to pass the Old School House beyond which turn left down Philpin Lane.
About 0.16 km (~0.1 miles) from
OS Grid SD741776
Follow the tarmac road to pass the farm buildings. Easter to last Sat in Sept a snack bar is open here for refreshments. Reach a gate/cattle grid.
About 0.54 km (~0.34 miles) from
OS Grid SD742780
Immediately before the gate/cattle grid turn right into a walled lane that looks like it was once a stream bed & follow for a short distance to enter a field on the left.
About 0.43 km (~0.27 miles) from
OS Grid SD743782
Keep the wood on your left to reach a gate & cross the limestone pavement to head uphill passing a single tree on the right to reach a wall. Follow the wall to another gate beyond which reach a road.
About 0.22 km (~0.14 miles) from
OS Grid SD746787
Turn left and follow the road for 1/4 mile to cross a bridge over Winterscales Beck, shortly beyond which veer right through a gate and follow the tarmac road to Gunnerfleet Farm.
About 0.63 km (~0.39 miles) from
OS Grid SD752796
At the junction by the farm turn right, taking the bridge over the beck and follow the track to Ribblehead viaduct.
About 1.03 km (~0.64 miles) from
OS Grid SD758794
Once you pass under the viaduct follow the track right to reach the road near the Station Inn and return to the railway station via the access road. Total length - about 8 miles.
About 0.61 km (~0.38 miles) from

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28 Dec 2014
Old Hill Inn

Well worth stopping at the Old Hill Inn in Chapel-le-Dale on route, a famous old cavers' pub: www.oldhillinn.co.uk/index.htm

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