Settle District is a bustling market town surrounded by delightful villages, ideally situated between the scenic Yorkshire Dales and the Forest of Bowland an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Settle is a bustling market town in one of the most scenic areas of the Yorkshire Dales. It is well-known world-wide as the starting point of the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway and as a gateway to the Three Peaks of Penyghent, Whernside, and Ingleborough. It is a great base for exploring the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Settle stands beside the largest outcrop of limestone in Britain – in a region of scars, cliffs, caves and potholes. At the rear of Settle a zigzag footpath leads to the summit of Castleberg Crag, which offers a great vantage point of the town in its dale and fell.
With a wealth of interesting shops, welcoming pubs like The Lion and The Talbot Arms, plenty of cafe’s and historic buildings to visit, Settle combines excellent surrounding landscape for outdoor activities with a bustling town centre, festivals and value for arts and crafts, making it a great base for tourists and locals alike. Alternatively it’s the perfect base to get out into the scenery and enjoy walking, riding, cycling, caving and a host of other outdoor activities. Next door to Settle, Giggleswick is a typical Dales village, home to the public school where Russell Harty was an English teacher.
Giggleswick is a small ancient village and one of my favorite places adjacent to Settle, once an imposing market town, but as Settle grew on the other side of the River Ribble so Giggleswick became less commercially significant. Giggleswick is best known for its public school founded in 1512 and can claim to be one of the oldest public schools in the country. The School Chapel is a distinctive structure with a copper dome, built through the generosity of one Walter Morrison, marking the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria.
The village itself has retained a wonderful rustic charm, with mullioned windows and carved lintels in many of the old cottages, little stone bridges and a market cross.
And beyond the village there is also much to visit: most notably Giggleswick Scar, the long limestone cliffs that can be seen alongside the A65, popular with climbers. The village has three pubs The Hart’s Head, one of my favorites in the area, The Black Horse and on the edge of the village The Craven Arms.
If you are like us and take your accommodation with you, be it a tent, caravan or motorhome, there’s an excellent David Bellamy Gold Award Holiday park, Langcliffe Park approximately 1 mile from the centre of Settle and Giggleswick. It’s perfect for easy access to all the local attractions and most importantly the local pubs.
We both love this area of North Yorkshire along with a few others, well if we didn’t we wouldn’t go so often.The people are very friendly and the areas has got everything we need to de-stress and enjoy what we like doing, walking and enjoying time in some of the best countryside in the world. And what makes this area one of the best is the good old British pub, there’s few of them in Settle and Giggleswick and also nearby, like the Craven Heifer in Stainforth, about 1 1/2 outside of Settle.
Where we stayed
As mentioned previously, we stay when we visit Settle at Langcliffe Park approximately 1 mile outside Settle and Giggleswick, which is a haven from which to enjoy the peace, tranquillity and beautiful scenery of the area. Touring caravans, motor homes and tents are welcomed into their own secluded area, we prefer one of the service pitches. The site offers good facilities including electrical hook ups, toilets, free hot showers, washing up area, disabled facilities, and a launderette. There are chemical toilet disposal facilities and a motorhome waste emptying point. Gas is available to purchase from the onsite reception.
There is a children’s outdoor play area within sight of the touring field. Pitches include complimentary wifi.