An easy enough walk from the Langcliffe Park Caravan site at Lancliffe through Giggleswick and back to Langcliffe via the market town of Settle. With just a few steep hills as you leave the village of Giggleswick it’s not to hard of a walk and a good walk when there’s been a lot of rain, as a great deal of the walk is on quiet back lanes, the walk also passes a number of pubs as usual, like The Craven Arms on the outskirts of Giggleswick next to the A65 and it also take you through the centre of Settle with a number of pubs and cafe’s and a range of independent shops.
Distance 7.68 miles (12.35km) Time Approximately 2 hours 43 minutes (no pub stops)
Elevation Lowest 446.85ft (136.19m) Highest 722.11ft (220.09m)
Total Accent 726.05ft (221.30m)
Elevation Over Walk
Landscape As always in the neck of the woods the landscape is rich farmland and moorland, with wide views across the valley from the top of Craven Bank Lane looking towards Catlow Fell and surrounding hills of Langcliffe.
Suggested OS Map OL2 Explorer 1:25,000 scale Map of Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Area. A great accompaniment to the maps the phone apps OS MapFinder (where the maps can be purchased and downloaded or a subscription to OS Maps online and the accompanying phone app OS Maps available for IOS and Android.
Dog Friendliness As a lot of this walk is on quiet back lanes it’s probably best to keep dogs on a lead as you do occasionally get cars coming along them. All the pubs we have visited in the area have been pub friendly with the only condition they aren’t allowed in the restaurant areas.
Public Toilets There are public toilets at Whitefrars Mews, Church Street, Settle, just before the petrol station and also in the many pubs on the route
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(1) From the Langcliffe Caravan Park exit at the main gate and turn right and follow the public foot path that runs down the side of the entrance to the paper mill, then turn right to walk behind the paper mill and onto the mill pond.
(2) Follow the path along the side of the mill pond and at the end turn left through the gate on to the Holme Head lane, at the end of the cottages (Langcliffe Locks) , on turn left (3).
(3) Cross over weir and follow the path between the two fields to (4).
(4) Turn le`ft along Stackhouse Lane for about 350 yards to the gate on the right (5).
(5) By going through the gate it takes you on to a path that follows the road, so at this point you could stay on Stackhouse lane for a bit longer and join the path further on down the lane. Proceed along the field path to going through the various gates and crossing the driveway into the last field (6).
(6) Go through the gate and double back on yourself slightly and climb the wooden ladder on to the path and turn left, keep following the path, which will turn into a road, The Mains, follow the road to the main road B6480 (7).
(7) Cross the B6480 and go down Belle Hill to the bottom (8), if your timings right there’s a nice welcoming pub across road the Hart’s Head, all round good pub since it was done up and new owners took over in December 2016.
(8) At the bottom of Belle Hill turn right on to Church Street, which leads on to Craven Bank Lane, proceed past Giggleswick School (9).
(9) Continue to follow Craven Bank Lane to the A65 (10).
(10) Cross the A65 and proceed down the lane facing until the crossroads (11).
(11) Turn left onto Paley Green Lane and follow to the A65 (12).
(12) Proceed under the railway bridge and cross the A65 on to Brackenber Lane with The Craven Arms on your left and well worth a stop, friendly atmosphere and good food, excellent two course Christmas Lunch (December 2017). From The Craven Arms continue down Brackenber Lane to the crossroads (13).
(13) At the crossroads proceed up Station Road, continue past the Land Rover garage on your left, until you reach a pedestrian path on your left (14).
(14) Follow the path and you will come out at the Booths Supermarket (15).
(15) From Booths turn right up Kirkgate to the B6480 Church Street and the centre of Settle (16). Here you will find a number of pubs like The Lion directly across the road and the Talbot Arms behind the Lion on the High Street, there are also numerous cafe’s and shops.
(16) From here proceed down Church Street past the petrol station on your left to (17) just before the bridge over the River Ribble.
(17) From this point proceed up Langcliffe Road past Watershed Mill on your left, until the small turning on your left (18), follow this lane and back to Langcliffe park