Stainforth Circular via Settle – Craven District North Yorkshire
This was our first time exploring the Settle area and it’s various pubs. The walk starts from the Langcliffe Caravan Part in Settle where we stayed in our motorhome and initially follows the route along the River Ribble, which after numerous days of heavy rain we found the paths heavy going and very muddy until we reached the bridge at Little Stainforth, however the walk was still worth doing and passed by a childhood hunt of Jane’s Stainforth Force where as child she used to play in water falls and pools, just hope it was warmer than the day we passed by, the walk: –
Distance 8.24 miles (13.26km) Time Approximately 3 hours 16 mins (no pub stops)
Elevation Lowest 469.5ft (143.1m) Highest 1177.8ft (359m)
Total Accent 1236ft (377m)
Elevation Over Walk
Paths Mostly a mix of field paths, tracks and paths through Stainforth and Settle; may be muddy along the river bank and through the fields.
Landscape Rich farmland and moorland, wide views across the valley and the surrounding hills.
Suggested OS Map OL2 Explorer 1:25,000 scale Map of Yorkshire Dales Southern & Western Area.
Dog Friendliness Many areas its suggested dogs are kept on a lead, as many of the fields have sheep in them and lambs at lambing time, however the majority of the pubs in and around the area are dog friendly.
Public Toilets There are public toilets at Whitefrars Mews, Church Street Settle, just before the petrol station.
(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 turn right, go through the gate and follow the path along the River Ribble to the Pack Horse bridge at Little Stainforth (4).
(4) Cross over the bridge and follow the road until you come to the public footpath to Stainforth on the right just before the train lines (5), the path isn’t marked on the OS map.
(5) Go through the gate and follow the path along the side of the train lines down to the bridge (6) that crosses the railway lines.
(6) Cross the B6479 Stainforth road to enter the village of Stainforth and proceed up the Main street until you reach the top of the street (7).
(7) Turn right crossing over the stone bridge and passing by the The Craven Heifer Hotel (which is well worth calling in for a bite and a couple or more pints), turn left just past the pub (8).
(8) Walk up through the village passing by the village green on the left and onto the Pennine Bridleway, continue up the hill to (9) passing by Catrigg Force (waterfall) on the left.
(9) At the top of the hill take the right path and follow the track down to (10), alternatively you can carry on straight ahead to the road and turn right.
(10) At the farm on the right, take the left path leading up to the road (11).
(11) Proceed down the road, until you reach the gate leading into the field (12).
(12) Pass through the gate and follow the path (approximately 1 mile) down into Settle (13).
(13) Whilst in Settle it worth a visit to its very friendly hostellers like The Talbot, The Lion and The Royal Oak, each with it own charm, friendly helpful staff and a good selection of beers, wines and spirits, with The Lion being my favorite due mainly to the snug and the comfy chairs in the main bar area. To continue on the walk proceed to the main road that runs through Settle, Duke Street the B6480 and turn right, follow the B6480 down the hill passing the petrol station on your left, keeping following the road and proceed over the River Ribble and proceed up the hill passing Settle Collage on your left and Settle swimming pool on your right. When you reach The Mains (14) turn right. Also at this point across the road is a superb pub the Hart’s Head Inn which as been newly refurbished and serves an excellent food and beer and well worth trying the Bavette steak, we both tried it two nights running last time we visited.
(14) Proceed up The Mains until you reach the gate at the end, carry on through the gate on to the track, about 200 metres on the right in through the trees there is a ladder into the field, follow the path through the fields until you reach the gate leading onto Stackhouse Lane (15).
(15) Carry on along Stackhouse Lane for about 250 metres until you reach the gate on your right hand side (16).
(16) Follow the path to the river (3) and retrace your steps back along the mill pond to the caravan site.