3.8 of 5 (4 votes)

Along the River Ribble

A moderate walk (riverside) in national park Yorkshire Dales in North Yorkshire, England, about 11.50km (7.15 mi) long with an estimated walking time of about 3:30h. It is unsuitable for families with children, prams & pushchairs, wheelchairs.
Elevation Profile
Ascent 108m (354ft)
Descent 205m (672ft)
Max. Elevation 350m (1148ft)
Altitude Gain & Loss 313m (1026ft)
Start & End
Horton in Ribblesdale, Craven, North Yorkshire, England
Distance 11.50km
Duration ~3:30h
Car Free Walks TeamCreated by Timwoods on 14 Sep 2017
99% of walkers in Horton-in-Ribblesdale are there to attempt the famous Three Peaks. But those in the know stick around a little longer, for there is much more good walking to be had round these parts. This route heads south from the village along the Ribble, stopping at pubs and cafes on route and finishing in Settle, from where it's easy to get back to the start. It's mostly flat, so perfect for stretching those post-Three Peaks muscles.

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From the station, walk down the hill towards the village. Cross the river and continue through the village.
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If you need sustenance before the walk, stop at the Pen-y-Ghent cafe. It's a walkers' institution and the starting point for the Three Peaks: www.horton-in-ribblesdale.com/pen-y-ghent-cafe.shtml
About 0.60 km (~0.37 miles) from
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Across the road from the church, walk past the pub and take the track heading south.
About 0.21 km (~0.13 miles) from
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Cross the bridge and join the riverside Ribble Way.
About 0.95 km (~0.59 miles) from
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Continue down to Helwith Bridge. There's a pub here too, should you need a theme for the walk: www.helwithbridgeinn.co.uk
About 1.85 km (~1.15 miles) from
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Cross the railway and keep to the Ribble Way.
About 0.80 km (~0.5 miles) from
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After a brief climb, head downhill (this is actually the far outer slopes of Pen-y-ghent, so you're completing a bit of a three peak!)
About 0.99 km (~0.62 miles) from
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Continue to Stainforth. There's a pub here too, the Craven Heifer Hotel. Remember, use them or we lose them! www.cravenheiferstainforth.co.uk
About 1.63 km (~1.01 miles) from
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For the last stretch, you have a number of options as a number of long distance paths converge on the town. My suggestion is to stick to the riverside, starting with a side trip to Stainforth Force.
About 0.34 km (~0.21 miles) from
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Follow the riverbank heading south.
About 1.39 km (~0.86 miles) from
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Down to Stackhouse, nearly there.
About 0.91 km (~0.57 miles) from
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Finish in Settle, from where you can catch the train back to Horton-in-Ribblesdale, or the DalesBus.
About 1.36 km (~0.85 miles) from

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