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Settle and Ribblesdale

Famous as the starting point of the Settle - Carlisle Railway, regarded by many as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the world.

Settle Town Hall

Settle is a picturesque, bustling and ancient market town surrounded by delightful villages, ideally situated between the scenic Yorkshire Dales National Park and the Forest of Bowland, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

With a wealth of interesting shops, weekly outdoor market, welcoming cafes and quaint historic buildings, Settle is a great place to visit and relax.

Settle is also the home of the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway. The Settle to Carlisle line begins its journey in Leeds, towards the magnificent Yorkshire Dales, through Airedale, visiting Skipton, Gargrave, into Ribblesdale via Settle and Horton In Ribblesdale passing by the Three Peaks Ingleborough-Whernside-Pen-y-ghent then crossing the iconic Ribblehead Viaduct.Settle Station (2) .

Take time to visit the Museum of North Craven Life, sited in the Folly, a striking and impressive 17th century house close to the centre of town.
The Folly The Folly The Museum mounts a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions on aspects of North Craven life with new seasonal exhibitions every year.

In the heart of the town is the curious two-storey Shambles and the Ye Old Naked Man.
 Settle Victoria Hall, a restored Grade 2 listed Music Hall, which retains many of its original features, provides a wide programme of drama, comedy and music.
Settle is home to the smallest public art gallery in the world - the Gallery on the Green.  A former red telephone box, the Gallery is open 24/7 with constantly changing exhibitions including contributions from national and international artists. Other art galleries in the town include Gavaghan Art, The Lime Gallery Settle Glass and Studio Vault.

A short climb to the wooded limestone outcrop of Castleberg gives splendid views over Settle and its twin township of Giggleswick. In 2009, Castleberg was transformed by eight local climbers into an excellent climbing venue, establishing twenty four climbing routes, each named after local Settle businesses.

Giggleswick School Chapel The Chapel was the gift of Walter Morrison of Malham to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria. He commissioned T G Jackson, a leading architect of the time; work begun in 1897 and was completed in 1901.
Settle Golf Course Tee mats but no temporary greens, 9 hole golf course. Clubhouse available when functions organised. Changing facilities available. Golf attire required.
Settle Swimming Pool Have a Dip in the Dales, Settle Swimming Pool, Kendal Road, Giggleswick, Settle, North Yorkshire, BD24 0BU

Alternatively it's also the perfect base to get out into the stunning scenery surrounding the town and enjoy a wide range of outdoor pursuits whether it be walking, riding, cycling or caving. Stainforth Force, Attermire Scar, Victoria Cave, Warrendale Knotts and Castleberg Crag are just a few of the wonderful natural features that are just a short walk from Settle. Slightly further afield are the famous three peaks of Pen y Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough as well as Malham Cove and Gordale Scar.